As previously reported, the GOP presidential candidate, 70, suggested that he was going to bring Bill Clinton’s former mistress Gennifer Flowers to the first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton on Monday. She accepted via Twitter, but Trump’s camp denied that they extended an invite.
Chelsea, 36, didn’t hold back when discussing the situation. “My reaction to that is just what my reaction has been kind of every time Trump has gone after my mom or my family, which is that it’s a distraction from his inability to talk about what’s actually at stake in this election and to offer concrete, comprehensive proposals about the economy or our public school system, or debt-free college, or keeping our country safe and Americans safe here at home and around the world,” she told Cosmo.
“And candidly, I don’t remember a time in my life when my parents and my family weren’t being attacked, and so it just sort of seems to be in that tradition, unfortunately,” she continued. “And what I find most troubling by far are Trump’s continued, relentless attacks on whole swaths of our country and even our global community: women, Muslims, Americans with disabilities, a Gold Star family. I mean, that, to me, is far more troubling than whatever his most recent screed against my mom or my family [is].”
Ultimately, Trump decided to keep quiet about the matter — because of Chelsea. “Everything I wanted to say I got out except for the transgressions of Bill,” he told CNN following the debate at Hofstra University in New York. “I’m very happy that I was able to hold back on the indiscretions with respect to Bill Clinton, because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton and I just didn’t want to say what I was going to say.” (Chelsea and Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, have been friends for years.)
That doesn’t mean the subject is off limits in the future. “Maybe I’ll tell you at the next debate,” he told CNN. “We’ll see.”
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