Flashback: Trump worried Bill Clinton’s affair wasn’t with a ‘beautiful woman’ in 1999
Before accusing him of rape, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fretted about Bill Clinton’s infidelity, Fusion reported on Monday.
“He handled the Monica [Lewinsky] situation disgracefully,” Trump said of then-President Clinton. “It’s sad because he would go down as a great President if he had not had this scandal. People would have been more forgiving if he’d had an affair with a really beautiful woman of sophistication. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe were on a different level. Now Clinton can’t get into golf clubs in Westchester. A former President begging to get in a golf club. It’s unthinkable.”
The interview also showed Trump already hypothesizing about his chances in a presidential campaign.
“To be blunt, people would vote for me,” he said at the time. When asked why, he suggested, “Maybe because I’m so good looking. I don’t know. Larry King calls and says, ‘Do my show. I get my highest ratings when you’re on.'”
At the same time, the real estate mogul anticipated that he “might do badly” with women voters.
“They know me better than anybody else. Women are much tougher and more calculating than men. I relate better to women,” he explained. “I go out with the most beautiful women in the world. Certain guys tell me they want women of substance, not beautiful models. It just means they can’t get beautiful models.”
Despite being the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, Trump’s prediction appears to be accurate: a Gallup poll last month noted that 70 percent of female voters have an unfavorable opinion of him, compared to 58 percent of male voters.
Trump has since accused Hillary Clinton — who is currently leading in the race for the Democratic nomination — of playing the “woman card,” and his campaign released an ad on Monday heavily featuring the voices of women who have accused her husband of assaulting them.