Well, that didn’t take long to escalate into a full-blown battle between Donald Trump and the Clintons over decades of scandals and stories that still haunt the former first-couple to this day. Trump is taking flack for it from many Republicans who are fearful that attacking Hillary in this manner could backfire on the presumptive GOP nominee.

Report from the Washington Post:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is reviving some of the ugliest political chapters of the 1990s with escalating personal attacks on Bill Clinton’s character, part of a concerted effort to smother Hillary Clinton’s campaign message with the weight of decades of controversy.

Trump’s latest shot came Monday when he released an incendiary Instagram video that includes the voices of two women who accused the former president of sexual assault, underscoring the presumptive Republican nominee’s willingness to go far beyond political norms in his critique of his likely Democratic rival.

The real estate mogul has said in recent interviews that a range of Clinton-related controversies will be at the center of his case against Hillary Clinton.

“They said things about me which were very nasty. And I don’t want to play that game at all. I don’t want to play it — at all. But they said things about me that were very nasty,” Trump told The Washington Post in an interview. “And, you know, as long as they do that, you know, I will play at whatever level I have to play at. I think I’ve proven that.” [Emphasis added]

I emphasized the last line because I think that is the lesson to take from watching the primary, and watching what amounts to the first few weeks of the general election campaign. If Hillary hits Trump on something, he’ll hit back twice as hard, and nothing is off the table. Is this a smart strategy? The answer depends on who you ask.

There has to be a reason Trump is unleashing this line of attack so early in the race. I’m inclined to think he’s trying to “threaten” the Clinton campaign that he will cross any line necessary, so perhaps Hillary should dial back her “war on women” attacks relating to The Donald.

On the other hand, he could be trying to bury Hillary at a time when she’s still embroiled in the primary with Bernie Sanders. She’s taking hits from all sides, Trump probably sees this is as a pile-on opportunity, perhaps even hoping to boost Sanders in the process.

Is this is a smart strategy to take on the Clintons, or does it speak to desperation that Trump is afraid to deal with the issues? Give me an answer in the comments.

23 COMMENTS

  1. As far as I am concerned, there is no way I want to see the Clintons’ back in the WhiteHouse. That would be a disaster, between the two of them, they are both crooks, liars, social climbers and the list goes on.
    Donald may be extreme at times but I think he is honest and very smart, and most of all he wants what is best for the country.
    Molly

    • Yeah they are crooks. Hillary blames Mr. Trump because she says he hoped the housing bubble would burst; but in fact it was Hillary and her wallstreet banker friends who caused the housing market collaspe. Mr. Trump didn’t do that, she did. Trump 2016.

    • I agree Molly, Trump is the best for America. If Clinton gets in, there will be a Revolution for sure. AMERICANS have had enough, and are ready to fight back. That’s the greatest thing I think Trump has done for this Country. He’s brought a hope that had long been lost. He’s given the American people a voice again.

      • Let’s keep our fingers and toes crossed, I cannot stand the idea of crooked Hillary at the helm… And that worm, husband… This just cannot happen.

    • Do you have any policy specifics that draw you to Trump, other your thoughts on the man/personality that is Trump?

    • Heres the thing with trump he has money, a level of power, and he has no good reason to run for president besides the fact that he truely wants to make a change. He loves our country and I think he is the only candidate that will be able to make a change with out haveing to run it by all of the major business that back hillary to be sure they are okay with it. Trump 2016

  2. I won’t go as far as to say that Trump is honest. Is he more honest than Hillary? It’s a good possibility, but I wouldn’t paint Trump as the politician who didn’t lie. #NeverHillary

  3. For years the whole political system has been terrified of Clintons who has gotten away with a murder, and many other crimes. Especially Republicans would never try to cause waves over them. I believe they built a tremendous confidence that no would dare to do it. But here comes Donald Trump who has no fear of bringing the Clinton’s past. I call it the Divine Law that makes no mistakes and put the light on them with the least desired and unexpected timing.

    • I’m sorry. Nate is looking into it.

      “A Guy” has been having the same problem. In fact, so have I, so while I read comments on my iPhone, I wait until I get to my desktop to reply.

      • Re “I’m sorry. Nate is looking into it.”

        Hummm…. If you’re somehow affiliated with this obviously anti-Trump site, that makes your earlier unwarranted negative comments about the next president of the USA a bit less surprising…

        • Har. It amazes me how political groupies, whether for Trump or Bernie, see only negativity everywhere.

          If you look at the articles and comments, you’ll find that we have found more positive to say about Trump than anyone. But you won’t see it, of course.

    • I suspect there has been a change in the Disqus system which may be causing the issues. I have reported this matter to our app developers. An updated version is due out soon to address this bug and improve performance. In the meantime, I apologize for the issue, I know it’s annoying.

      Have you tried uninstalling the app and re-installing it? Just curious if you find something that works that I can pass along to other users.

      Also, are you on Android or iPhone?

      • @ Nate… You say “Trump is taking flack for it from many
        Republicans who are fearful that attacking Hillary in this manner could
        backfire on the presumptive GOP nominee.”

        Yet… you did not even name a single one in your article. The truth is there are relatively FEW Republicans left who are NOT supporting Trump…

  4. Trump has to kick Hillary out of this election. She is so crooked, USA doesn’t need anymore Clinton’s, Obamas in the white house.

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