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Behind the Trump Campaign’s Attempt to Intimidate Hillary Clinton

Monday, October 10, 2016 10:54
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The Washington Post reports today that the Trump campaign, in collusion with Breitbart News chief Stephen Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, tried to seat several women who’ve accused Hillary Clinton’s husband of sexual abuse in the Trump family’s box at last night’s debate.

This latest ugly — and totally unethical — attempt to intimidate Clinton was stopped at the last minute by debate officials.

The campaign’s plan, which was closely held and unknown to several of Trump’s top aides, was thwarted just minutes before it could be executed when officials with the Commission on Presidential Debates intervened. The commission officials warned that, if the Trump campaign tried to seat the accusers in the elevated family box, security officers would remove the women, according to the people involved, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the discussions were confidential.

The gambit to give Bill Clinton’s accusers prime seats was devised by Trump campaign chief executive Stephen K. Bannon and Jared Kushner, the candidate’s son-in-law, and approved personally by Trump.

Trump is really dragging Republican politics into the sewer where he lives, and this time he has help — from infamous white supremacist troll Chuck C. Johnson, who (with his racist crony Pax Dickinson) paid for Kathy Shelton to travel to the debate.

A company called WeSearchr said on Twitter that it paid for Shelton’s trip to the debate in St. Louis. That firm was co-founded by conservative media figure Charles C. Johnson, an outspoken Trump supporter.

That’s an interesting way to describe an outright white supremacist, Associated Press: “conservative media figure.” But then, in the Trump era Chuck C. Johnson’s brand of racist smear-mongering is indeed what conservative media does.

Also involved in this disgusting stunt: Trump ally Roger Stone, who actually paid Kathy Shelton, and also gave money to another Bill Clinton accuser, Kathleen Willey.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sexual-assault victim who is critical of Hillary Clinton and who appeared alongside Donald Trump before Sunday night’s debate was paid $2,500 by a political action committee founded by Trump ally Roger Stone.


Earlier this year, Stone sought to raise money to pay off the mortgage of Kathleen Willey, who accused Bill Clinton of making unwanted sexual advances toward her during her time as a volunteer in his White House in the 1990s. Stone claimed in an online video interview that Trump had personally contributed to the fund.

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