In a discussion with campaign consultants regarding the gamesmanship of Donald Trump inviting Bill Clinton’s former mistress to Monday night’s debate with Hillary Clinton, Meet The Press host Chuck Todd suggested the GOP nominee should have invited a “grieving” member from one of the Benghazi families.
Despite the fact that the Trump campaign has since said that Gennifer Flowers will not not be at the debate, host Todd asked Democratic consultant Stephanie Cutter how campaign advisers played head games with their candidate’s opponents.
Cutter agreed with Clinton’s choice of Trump-critic and billionaire Mark Cuban, but ripped Trump for his invitation to Flowers, saying the blustery New York businessman was “swimming in the sewer.”
“What Clinton and Trump are doing is trying to throw each other off their game,” Cutter remarked. “The difference is, Hillary Clinton is doing it with a legitimate businessman and also a celebrity. And, as John Podesta put it earlier on your show, Trump is just jumping right down in the sewer and swimming in it by inviting Gennifer Flowers.”
After Cutter suggested that candidates should make a “legitimate point about your opponent,” host Todd had a suggestion of his own.
Turning to former McCain campaign manger Steve Schmidt, Todd said, “It would have made more sense to me if Trump had responded by bringing a grieving mother of one of the Benghazi, one of the Benghazi grieving family members. That seems to be the counter that would have made a policy sense.”
Todd failed to mention that multiple GOP-led investigations into the loss of four men in Benghazi in 2012 — including Ambassador Christopher Stevens — found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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