Trump respected the ‘rapist’ before he didn’t

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I’m not defending Bill or Hillary Clinton, Save Jerseyans. Let’s stipulate that right up front.

Like most conservatives, we knew they were corrupt long before it was cool (defined: when their corrupt practices stymied Bernie Sanders’s populist conquest of the Democrat Party).

We also knew that Bill Clinton’s long history of sexual misconduct allegations remains, at the very least, extremely troubling.

But I do hate hypocrisy, too, and while I’ve never defended the Clintons, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party has OFTEN sided with the man – and warmly embraced the man – who, last night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News propaganda program, suddenly reversed course and called the former President a rapist. I can’t pretend he didn’t because Reince Priebus or anyone else asks me to forget it.

We’ve all seen this photo:

It wasn’t a chance photo op. Don’t be a silly revisionist. It was part of a pattern that’s been extensively-reported.

Here’s a gem from the vault…

“Well, I’ll tell you what — no, I haven’t spoken to him in a long time. And actually, he wanted to know what I was going to do, and it was a long time ago he called. That was the last time I spoke to him. But I haven’t spoken to him for a long time. I always respected him. I’ve actually liked him over the years,” Trump told CNN back in September 2015. That’s disputed, by the way.

The relevant point? Bill Clinton’s rape allegations were old news in 2015.

So we’re left to consider two possibilities: the possible next President of the United States is either (1) sooo poorly informed on issues of public importance that he never investigated the decades-old allegations against Clinton until 5 minutes ago, or (2) he is the kind of guy who doesn’t mind hanging out with rapists – then throwing them under the bus – depending on the needs of the moment.

Still want to shout me down as obstructing GOP “unity” and being a “whiner,” detractors in the audience?

As someone who is refusing to endorse “the will of the people”?

Be my guest. Make my day. And remember: the people elected Bill Clinton. They don’t always get it right. Should I turn off my brain, sit here quietly like a good little sheep and pretend 2016 is somehow going to be any different?

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