Trump Takes on Bill Clinton With 'Creepy' Instagram Ad
And No. 42 gets praise from an unlikely source: Kenneth Starr
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2016 1:40 PM CDT
Screenshot from Trump's Bill-bashing video.   (Instagram)

(Newser) – Donald Trump is trying to "smother" Hillary Clinton's bid for president, per the Washington Post, and he's using her husband to help him do it. Trump had warned Hillary last year not to accuse him of having a "penchant for sexism" because Bill Clinton has his own supposedly sordid past, and he apparently wasn't bluffing. In a recent Post interview, Trump said the Clintons had "said things about me which were very nasty" and that he could be nasty right back, and that was evidenced by a video he posted Monday on Instagram. Accompanied by a caption reading "Is Hillary really protecting women?" the video—which Business Insider describes as "set to creepy, minor-key music"—shows a still of Bill, cigar in mouth, as audio plays from interviews with two women who've accused him of sex crimes. "No woman should be subjected to it. It was an assault," says a voice that Politico IDs as that of Kathleen Willey, who accused Clinton of attacking her in 1993. That voiceover is followed by audio of Juanita Broaddrick, who says Clinton raped her in 1978.

"He starts to … bite on my top lip, and I tried to pull away from him," Broaddrick says in Trump's video, followed by a clip of Hillary Clinton "cackling," per Politico. The Clinton camp has remained relatively stoic on Trump's latest hit, with Hillary's campaign spokesman telling Bloomberg TV on Monday this is just a Trump "strategy to try to distract from an issues-based campaign, which is what we intend to run," per the Post. Meanwhile, a surprising voice has emerged to praise Bill Clinton: Kenneth Starr, the ex-Whitewater counsel who, as the New York Times puts it, once "tried to bury" Clinton. Starr (who's got his own problems regarding a sex scandal at Baylor University) said last week he regrets Clinton's legacy being linked to all that Whitewater "unpleasantness," that the former president has gone through a "redemptive process," and that No. 42 is "the most gifted politician of the baby boomer generation." "His genuine empathy for human beings is absolutely clear," Starr added.
 

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