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Back In 1998, Trump Called Bill Clinton’s Accusers ‘Terrible’ and ‘A Really Unattractive Group’

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-19-27-pmShortly before tonight’s presidential debate in St. Louis, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a surprise appearance with a number of women who had accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault. This appeared to be a way to distract from his own potentially campaign-killing issues revolving around his hot mic moment.

However, prior to trotting out this group before the press, Trump didn’t think too kindly about them. Back in 1998, he spoke to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and described Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones (who was in attendance this evening) and others as “a terrible group of people.”

As highlighted by ABC News, Trump expressed sympathy for Clinton for having to deal with the then-current sex scandal.

“It’s like it’s from hell, it’s a terrible group of people,” Trump said in an interview with FOX News’ Neil Cavuto on Aug. 19, 1998.

Asked by Cavuto if Clinton’s image as a “quasi-sex symbol” stood to somehow benefit from the alleged extramarital relations, Trump took issue with the characterization.

“I don’t necessarily agree with his victims, his victims are terrible,” Trump said. “He is really a victim himself. But he put himself in that position.”

“The whole group, Paula Jones, Lewinsky, it’s just a really unattractive group. I’m not just talking about physical,” he said.

“Would it be any different if it were a supermodel crowd?” Cavuto then asked.

“I think at least it would be more pleasant to watch,” Trump replied.

I guess that was then and this is now.

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