While there have been a lot of very low moments during the 2016 presidential election, few were as nauseating as the move Donald Trump clearly tried to pull by inviting former Bill Clinton mistress Gennifer Flowers to the first presidential debate in response to Hillary Clinton’s campaign inviting Mark Cuban.
To be fair, clearly Clinton’s campaign invited Cuban to “rattle” Trump a little bit heading into the first big debate. Being that the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner has been openly critical of Trump (and has said he’s voting for Clinton), the move made a lot of sense. But it wasn’t as if Cuban is some random, non-political person. While he’s not known for politics, he has spoken out on the subject several times over the years. However, he’s been particularly vocal during this election. After being somewhat neutral early on, he started becoming much more openly critical of Donald Trump a few months ago.
So, it made some sense for Clinton to invite him to the debate.
Naturally, this didn’t go over very well with the egotistical Trump. The GOP presidential candidate quickly went to Twitter, calling Cuban “dopey” and suggesting that he would counter Clinton’s campaign by inviting Flowers.
Because nothing says “I’m not a petty, sexist scumbag” quite like countering a legitimate political move against an opponent by suggesting that you’re going to parade your husband’s flaws in front of you. Those out there who say that sexism is no longer an issue really aren’t paying attention. At no time in my life have I ever seen a politician get held accountable for the actions of their spouse. Yet, throughout Clinton’s campaign, Hillary’s critics have tried to use policies signed by her husband and his extramarital affairs against her.
The negative reaction to Trump’s tweet was swift and fierce. Not only was this move absolutely disgusting, but it was reminding people of the type of person Trump really is. That’s why I wasn’t shocked to see the news come out that Flowers wouldn’t be at the debate.
Clearly, Trump’s campaign realized this was a complete debacle and quickly went into damage control. Though they’re going to have to do much better than campaign manager Kellyanne Conway’s performance on Sunday when she looked absolutely ridiculous trying to blame this embarrassing situation on Clinton.
“I can’t believe how easily baited the Clinton campaign was,” Conway told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Basically, Mr. Trump was saying, look, if Mark Cuban is going to send out these texts that say the ‘Humbling at Hofstra’ and this is his big downfall, then Mr. Trump is putting them on notice that we can certainly invite guests that may get into the head of Hillary Clinton.”
Again, “getting into the head of Hillary Clinton” should be about someone politically relevant to her — not a mistress of her husband.
Conway then told Tapper that Clinton showed “poor judgement” in responding to Trump’s threat to invite her husband’s mistress to the debate. A point that completely befuddled Tapper.
“You think that what’s odd is the Clinton campaign’s reaction to Donald Trump tweeting about somebody that her husband had an affair with decades ago, not the fact that Donald Trump tweeted something about someone who the nominee’s husband had an affair with decades ago,” Tapper said.
Conway then tried to claim that Clinton’s campaign and Tapper were giving the affair “life and breath” by mentioning it, apparently trying to insinuate people are so ignorant that, without people like Clinton or Tapper mentioning it, they wouldn’t know who Flowers was.
Tapper then slammed Trump and his campaign for constantly claiming they don’t attack people unless they’re attacked first.
“You say he only counter punches,” Tapper quipped. “That’s kind of like the mythology of the Trump campaign. But the truth is he attacks people on their own all the time.”
Donald Trump has somehow convinced the millions of mindless sheep who support him that he’s not the vile, insulting one — it’s everyone else. That he only responds to critics. It’s completely absurd. Just like it’s absurd for Conway to suggest that Clinton was the one who brought this all on herself for inviting a politically relevant person to the first debate. Donald Trump could have responded with someone who was politically linked to Hillary Clinton — not her husband. Instead, Trump decided to stoop to a deplorable level of petty sexism by suggesting he was going to flaunt her husband’s personal issues in front of her. As if she should be held responsible for his behavior.
I’m just glad Tapper had no problem calling out Conway’s pathetic attempt to blame her candidate’s shameful behavior on Hillary Clinton.
Watch the video below via CNN: