Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon promised Donald Trump would make Bill and Hillary Clinton’s “sordid past” an issue during the final presidential debate on Wednesday night. Rudy Giuliani made good on Bannon’s word before the debate even started.
During a pre-debate debate with Mark Cuban, Giuliani casually mentioned “the illegitimate children that [Bill Clinton] may have had” while trying to smear the Clinton family.
Rudy Giuliani going out how we always expected: Babbling about Bill Clinton's fictional "illegitimate children" on national television. pic.twitter.com/q2LPKW9MxA
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) October 19, 2016
Cuban rightly pointed out that Giuliani’s wild conspiracy theory has no merit. Giuliani’s remark seems to refer to a tabloid story from 1992 that Clinton fathered a child with an Arkansas prostitute. Though Clinton’s alleged son continues to push the story on social media and some outlets recently re-circulated it, it was debunked by DNA evidence in 1999.
Although the story is false, it’s part of the sexist playbook to blame Hillary for Bill’s indiscretions.
Just last week, Giuliani apologized for trying to gaslight America about Hillary Clinton and September 11. Though Giuliani suggested at a rally that Clinton didn’t visit Ground Zero, she was actually visited the site with Giuliani on September 12.