Donald Trump is fighting back against the release of a 2005 recording, which revealed him using vulgar and lewd language about women, by pointing fingers at Hillary Clinton’s husband’s past behavior.
As Rare previously reported, Trump set up an impromptu press conference with the women who had accused Bill Clinton of inappropriate sexual behavior, including Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick and Paula Jones, to shine a light on the fact that Bill Clinton was accused of sexual assault, not just using lewd language.
However, if you go back 18 years to an interview that Donald Trump granted Fox News’ Neil Cavuto in 1998, you’ll see that the current Republican presidential candidate used to have a very different view of Bill Clinton and his accusers.
According to transcript excerpts released by ABC News, just days after then-President Bill Clinton admitted to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, Trump spoke out about President Clinton and said he was a “victim.”
Trump revealed his thoughts on Clinton’s scandal, saying, “It’s like it’s from hell, it’s a terrible group of people.”
When Cavuto asked Trump if Clinton’s image as a “quasi-sex symbol” stood to gain from his admission about his relationship with Lewinsky, Trump didn’t agree with that view of Clinton.
“I don’t necessarily agree with his victims, his victims are terrible,” Trump replied. “He is really a victim himself. But he put himself in that position.”
“The whole group, Paula Jones, Lewinsky, it’s just a really unattractive group. I’m not just talking about physical,” he continued.
“Would it be any different if it were a supermodel crowd?” Cavuto asked.
“I think at least it would be more pleasant to watch,” Trump replied.
Trump also revealed that he thought Clinton should have stayed quiet rather than deny or admit to any wrongdoing when it came to Lewinsky.
“It’s a shame; it’s really a shame. I’ve watched all my life politicians in New York; something gets brought up on them. I don’t talk about my personal life. So what are you going to do? I don’t talk about personal life,” Trump said.
Referring to the Lewinsky scandal, Trump said, “They’ve taken nothing and made it a big monster. I mean they’ve made Watergate out of really what should’ve been nothing.”
And what was Trump’s opinion of Clinton back in 1998?
“I think he’s terrific. I think the guy’s terrific. I just hate the way he tried to get out of this mess,” Trump said. “In terms of myself, I love him as a president, because business has been great, the economy’s been booming. We have to give him credit.”