Fox News host Sean Hannity is reportedly using his platform to participate in a Trump campaign “media blitz” by hosting a special program to interview Bill Clinton’s accusers.
After several women accused Donald Trump of inappropriate touching on Thursday, campaign advisers explained to Bloomberg that the GOP nominee was “doubling down” on his strategy to depress turnout by dredging up Bill Clinton’s scandals.
According to a senior Trump official, campaign CEO Stephen Bannon told staffers that he wanted to focus on Hillary Clinton’s “program of victim intimidation.”
“This has nothing to do with consensual sexual affairs and infidelities,” Bannon reportedly said. “This is Bill. We’re going to turn him into Bill Cosby. He’s a violent sexual predator who physically abuses women who he assaults. And she takes the lead on the intimidation of the victims.”
Hannity’s Fox News special is scheduled to air Thursday night. During the program, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Paula Jones are expected to recount their alleged assaults by Bill Clinton.
As Bloomberg’s Joshua Greene noted, few millennial women voters watch Hannity’s program so the campaign also plans to use Trump’s Twitter account to force the issue.
“By tweeting, by just moving it out there. The mainstream media will be embarrassed not to cover this,” one adviser insisted.
Update: CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that Trump backed out an interview on Hannity’s Thursday night’s show. But the interviews with Kathy Shelton, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broaddrick were expected to go on as planned.