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Now Newt Gingrich is praising Trump for not attacking Hillary for her husband’s infidelity.


It’s difficult to see what some of these Republicans mean when they say Trump resisted the urge to attack Hillary Clinton for her husband’s infidelity. What’s the line there? That Hillary Clinton is irresponsible for letting her husband cheat on her with Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers and others? That would be a strange line coming from a man on his third wife, but it’s the line Newt Gingrich (also on his third wife) applauds Trump for resisting.

“I’m very proud that at the very end when she attacked and went off on this whole rant about women — and you could see his face…he thought about it, and I’m sure he said to himself, ‘a president of the United States shouldn’t attack somebody personally when their daughter is sitting in the audience,’” Gingrich said on (where else?) the Sean Hannity Radio Show. “And he bit his tongue, and he was a gentleman, and I thought in many ways that was the most important moment of the whole evening. He proved that he had the discipline to remain as a decent guy even when she was disgusting.”

Of course, the probable conservative line of attack here is that Clinton enabled her husband’s infidelity by conspiring to intimidate his mistresses into silence. There are different versions of the story, but there can be little doubt that Hillary Clinton spent the ’90s defending her husband from allegations of sexual misconduct — many of which were later revealed to be true and the most disturbing of which were never proven false. Journalist Michael Isikoff would report that the Clintons spent $100,000 in private investigator fees to find ways to pay accusers off and keep them quiet. These are serious accusations, and it’s true that they damage Clinton’s feminist bonafides.

What’s not true is that neglecting to bring these issues up during a political debate is a mark of moral character and discipline. For one thing, the discussion was about whether or not Clinton has “the look” to be President, a question Clinton used to launch into a discussion of Trump’s garbage pile of sexist remarks and behavior. Accusations about Clinton’s role in her husband’s behavior in the ’90s is only related to this conversation in the sense that many men group anything involving “women” under the same huge umbrella.

For another thing, any attempt by Trump to criticize Hillary Clinton for her husband’s infidelity would be a laughably poor move, as Trump himself is a serial cheater who has bragged about his own infidelity and has his own stack of accusations about how he attempted to keep women quiet. Trump’s decision to not bring this up may have been his smartest move of the debate, since it would be so wildly indefensible (it’s difficult to imagine that the Clinton team hadn’t prepped for this possibility). In any case, it’s certainly not a mark of what a “decent guy” he is.

And finally, let’s be clear about what’s happening here. Everyone from Trump’s son Eric to his frenemy Gingrich to his toy doll Rudy Giuliani are attempting to talk about Bill Clinton’s former scandals by not talking about them. It’s a fairly transparent move by the Trump Camp to put this difficult line of attack into the hands of people who are more capable of talking about it than Trump himself is, and it’s saying something that the best they can come up with are Gingrich and Giuliani, both serial cheaters themselves. When Eric Trump is the most qualified spokesman you’ve got, it’s time to ask some long, hard questions.

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