Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump knew he would need some slight of hand to distract the audience’s attention away from the bombshell audio of him bragging about sexually assaulting women on 2005. To accomplish this the Trump campaign decided deflection was the best possible answer, and they sought to embarrass Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by bringing the women who former President Bill Clinton had alleged affairs with to sit in Trump’s personal area.
It was moments away from the start of the second presidential debate when the Trump campaign found their plan thwarted by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The Trump campaign was told that only family members were allowed in Trump’s box and that if any others were present they would be removed by security.
Rudy Giuliani, an ardent Trump supporter and closet bigot, said, “We were going to put the four women in the VIP box. We had it all set. We wanted to have them shake hands with Bill, to see if Bill would shake hands with them.”
The women in question were Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton who all accused Clinton of sexual harassment or past sexual relationships. Another woman named Juanita Broaddrick was also present and she claims to have been raped by Bill Clinton over 30 years ago while Clinton was still the Governor of Arkansas.
As the gambit by Trump failed the public will never know how Clinton would have reacted, or how Trump would have used the women for props. Thankfully the commission did the right thing and prevented a circus from unfolding in what is supposed to be a dignified event — if that is even possible while Trump is on stage.