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Trump's Plan Was to Have Bill Clinton's Accusers Confront Him on Live TV

The Commission on Presidential Debates shot down Trump's scheme.
Photo of Trump speaking at an Arizona campaign rally via Flickr user Gage Skidmore

Donald Trump's main comeback to the controversy caused by the unearthed video of him bragging about harassing women—besides the whole "c'mon, it's locker room talk" excuse—has been that Bill Clinton has been pretty shitty to women in the past. He repeatedly tried to deflect questions about the video by bringing up Bill during Sunday night's debate, and even sat three women who accused him of sexual misconduct in the audience, presumably as a way to get in Hillary Clinton's head.


But according to the Washington Post, Trump had bigger plan: He wanted them to confront Bill live, on camera, as they both entered debate.

Multiple sources told the Post that Trump's scheme was shot down by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which denied Trump's attempt to seat the four accusers in Trump's VIP box and instead sat them in the regular audience.

"We were going to put the four women in the VIP box. We had it all set," Rudy Giuliani confirmed to the Post. "We wanted to have them shake hands with Bill, to see if Bill would shake hands with them."

The debate commission put a stop to Trump's Maury maneuver, telling the campaign that security would intervene if Trump tried. So if anyone was wondering if the debate could have been any more contentious, the answer is yes.

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