) The Trump/Clinton connection continues…
Now the William J. Clinton library has released new pictures of Trump and Bill from back in the day:
(There are more here at Politico.)
Some may claim the whole release is politically motivated, but actually the library was forced to release the photos in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Some 500 photos are expected to be released when all is said and done (although, due to the photos being in contact sheet form, not every photo in the dump includes Trump). As Politico noted back in June:
The release of the photos could undercut some of Trump’s sharper attacks on likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband by highlighting how Trump hobnobbed with people he now portrays as crooked and morally depraved…
They may act like enemies today, but it cannot be denied by even the most diehard Trump fan that Donald Trump has a long history of chumminess with the Clintons that goes way back even before his wedding.
And the details are always glossed over and forgotten, or a pile of excuses get made as to why it doesn’t matter, but it does matter considering the American public has a choice between two of the people in the picture above as president in a couple months (and one already has been).
Remember how Trump came to run in the first place? Just as Hillary’s email scandal bomb was set off by senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett perfectly timed right before Hillary announced her candidacy, Bill Clinton called Trump, a phone call both admit took place. Just a few weeks later, Trump announced his run for president and the focus gets conveniently turned on Trump and the GOP, away from Hillary. Bill Clinton publicly denied that he asked Trump to run…
But up until this point, Bill and Trump were great friends for decades and no one truly knows what has gone on behind the scenes and off the record between these two.
Sure, Trump has donated to the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons attended his wedding, but this goes back way beyond that. There are pictures of them golfing together.
It is well known what good friends Bill and Trump have been. Back in 2000 when Trump attended a fundraiser for Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.) held at an apartment in Trump Tower, Towns remembers being frustrated that Trump monopolized all of Bill’s time:
“I remember one thing that was very negative for me: I promised the people they’d be able to take pictures with President Clinton, and Donald Trump came and monopolized all of the time. Donald had him in the corner and tied him up I’ll never forget that moment,” Towns said.
What else. Trump’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry was appointed as Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by none other than Bill Clinton. Before this campaign began, Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton were described as “best friends” who could be the president of each other’s fan club.
In just one example of past pro-Clinton support in the media, Trump openly discussed the Clintons during the 2008 election as fantastic people and Bill as “a great friend of mine”:
TRUMP: “Hillary’s a great friend of mine. Her husband is a great friend of mine. They’re fantastic people. I mean, they’re — you know, the thing, they get a bad knock. She’s a very nice woman. People think, tough, tough. And I guess she’s tough, but she’s a very nice woman. And he’s a very nice guy. We know all about the smarts and how smart they are, and all, but they are good people.”
He also supported Hillarycare in the press… Hillarycare, the precursor to Obamacare.
Trump even attended numerous parties at convicted sex offender and Bill Clinton BFF Jeffrey Epstein’s private East Side townhouse, including one specifically in honor of Bill Clinton back in 2003 where magician David Blaine “amused a group of barely clad models with card tricks”. Speaking of, Trump has also flown on Epstein’s private plane dubbed the “Lolita express,” all of which might be why Epstein had not one, not two, but 14 private numbers for Trump and Melania in Epstein’s notorious little black book. Trump has also described “Jeff,” who he said he had known for 15 years back in a 2002 interview with New York Magazine, as a “terrific guy,” continuing —
“He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it—Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
And we’ve all heard how many times Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane to his private orgy island… If all the connections to Epstein were so harmless on Trump’s side, why isn’t he slamming Bill Clinton’s Epstein ties in the press? Is it because he knows that tide will get turned right back on himself if he does?
Years of Donald Trump/Clinton connections are there if anyone is willing to look. These pictures probably aren’t the only ones documenting Bill Clinton and Donald Trump’s decades-long relationship.
And once again it is the American people who are being played.
“Make America Great Again” huh? You know who was saying that before this election cycle? Bill Clinton, during not just his own presidential campaign in 1991-1992 with quote, “Together, we can make America great again,” but in 2008 when Bill said, “It’s time for another comeback, time to make America great again,” in a campaign ad for Hillary.
Remember, Trump’s presidential campaign all began with a phone call… to Bill Clinton.
Maybe that’s when Bill gave Trump his campaign slogan…
SNN Editor’s Comment:
Trump’s Clinton ties. Jul 7, 2016 The Close Relationship Between Donald Trump and the Clintons
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton act as if they are arch enemies.