Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump escalated his
attacks on former President Bill Clinton, accusing him of rape in a Fox News interview Wednesday.
In an interview on Fox News’s “Hannity,” Sean Hannity compared allegations of Trump harassing women that appeared in The New York Times with accusations made against the former president.
“For example, I looked at The New York Times. Are they going to interview Juanita Broaddrick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey?" Hannity said, listing women who have made allegations of sexual misconduct against Clinton.
“In one case, it's about exposure,” he continued. “In another case, it's about groping and fondling and touching against a woman's will.”
“And rape,” Trump responded.
“And rape,” Hannity said.
"And big settlements, massive settlements," Trump continued. "And lots of other things.
In an interview with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, Trump was answering questions about an unflattering story published this past weekend by The New York Times involving his relationships with women when he turned his attention to Bill Clinton.
"By the way, you know, it's not like the worst things, OK," Trump said. "You look at what Clinton's gone through with all of the problems and all of the things that he's done."
Hannity went on to question whether the newspaper would interview women including Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey. All three have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct.
The real estate mogul has lashed out at the Clintons in the past over the former president’s infidelities, going so far as to call his wife, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, an “enabler.”
But until now, he had stopped short of accusing Bill Clinton of rape.
In 1999, Broaddrick, a former nursing home employee, accused Clinton of raping her decades earlier when he was a gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas.
Clinton denied the allegations through his attorney and refused to comment on them.