In an already unprecedented campaign season, things are about to get even crazier.
Though neither party has a definitive nominee yet, much of the dialogue is already starting to shift to a general election matchup between presumptive nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
And even though things are just warming up, the most-liberal-among-liberal network MSNBC is predicting one “uncomfortable” element of one Clinton’s past could ultimately “blow up” Hillary’s campaign.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe panel had a lengthy discussion Monday about the “uncomfortable” facts of Bill Clinton’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the known pedophile billionaire whose jet Clinton flew on dozens of times.Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has been unafraid to level attacks against the Clintons for the former president’s past of sexual misconduct, calling him fair game. Fox News reported last week that Clinton flew on Epstein’s jet, the crudely named “Lolita Express,” far more than previously known in the last decade. [As Fox News reported, flight logs show the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” — the tricked-out jet that earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.]
Panelist Donny Deutsch guessed that Trump would have no problem counter-punching with the Epstein connection whenever he was hit for his own behavior with women, as he was last weekend in a piece in the New York Times.
“Here’s the tennis game,” Deutsch said. “Donald Trump kissed a woman in a bathing suit. Trump hits back: Tell me about the president’s relationship with a guy named Jeffrey Epstein. That’s your tennis match.”
“I will say this was a blind spot for me, because I’m not in New York circles,” Scarborough said. “This is something I have been hearing about for a year-and-a half. I don’t know the whole story or anything, but I keep having reporters say, ‘This is going to blow up.’”
Columnist Mike Barnicle said the race was going to get “incredibly ugly,” and former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt said he had no doubt Trump was going to “go there.”
“When Hillary Clinton out there yesterday is talking about I’m going to put my husband in charge of reviving the economy in Kentucky for the coal miners, he’s very much going to be a part of the campaign, and the Donald Trump campaign’s going to do everything to make him an issue in the campaign,” Schmidt said.
Even without Hillary’s plans to give her husband in a major role in a potential administration, it’s going to be tough for her to defend her husband’s association — at best — with a known pedophile, who, as Fox News reported, spent 13 months in prison and home detention for solicitation and procurement of minors for prostitution.
“Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile,” said Conchita Sarnoff, of the Washington, D.C. based non-profit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, and author of a book on the Epstein case called “TrafficKing.” “Why would a former president associate with a man like that?”
And why would a supposedly staunch representative of women (and, um, girls) not only look the other way on this kind of activity, but reward such by putting him back in a position of power?
This is beyond mere “womanizing” — by a long shot.
As we’ve said before, whatever your own feelings are about Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, one thing is for sure: he will “vet” Hillary like no one has ever done before.
It’s only just begun.