Back in 1999, Trump Expressed Sympathy for Hillary Clinton Amid Bill Scandals


CNN’s newly-hired KFILE team is continuing to make some pretty big discoveries about past comments from Donald Trump.

And given the fact that Trump tonight appeared before the debate with women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and rape, it seems relevant that Trump held somewhat different views on the former president’s scandals and his wife’s role in said scandals back when they were in the spotlight for it.

In 1999, in an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Trump said that Hillary Clinton has gone through “terrible times,” saying, “I think she’s been through more than any woman should have to bear — everything public. I mean, women go through this on a private basis and can’t take it, she’s on the front page of every newspaper every week with what went on in Washington.”

He praised her as “wonderful” and called her “a very terrific woman.”

Oh, and in addition to that (and calling Clinton investigator Ken Starr a “wacko”), there was also this. Per CNN:

In a 2008 interview with CNN, Trump called the Lewinsky scandal “totally unimportant” and said it was “nonsense” that Republicans tried to impeach him.

In another interview, with CNBC in 1998 and first unearthed by the Washington Post, Trump called Clinton accuser Paula Jones “a loser.” In August 1998, Trump again dismissed Jones, and said Bill Clinton was actually the victim.

“I don’t necessarily agree with his victims,” Trump said to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto in a clip uncovered earlier in the year by the “Daily Beast.” “His victims are terrible. He is, he is really a victim himself. But he put himself in that position.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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