Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confronted a heckler on Sunday who interrupted a campaign event with questions about former President Bill Clinton’s sex scandals.
As the presidential contender was taking questions from the audience during a New Hampshire town hall, State Rep. Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien (R) began shouting questions at Clinton about her husband’s infidelity.
“I’m not going to take your question because other people have been waiting,” Clinton said initially.
When O’Brien continued to shout, Clinton tried to cut her off.
“You are very rude, and I’m not going to ever call on you,” Clinton said as many audience members jumped to their feet to applaud.
Bill Clinton’s sex scandals have increasingly been in the headlines in recent days because another presidential candidate, Republican front-runner Donald Trump, has repeatedly gone after the former president. Among other things, Trump claims that Clinton has a “terrible record of women abuse.”
“I don’t really care about Monica Lewinsky other than I think that Hillary was an enabler and a lot of things happening that were obviously very seedy,” Trump said on Monday. “I mean, he was impeached, for heaven’s sake! He was impeached over this stuff.”
Though some candidates — like former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a Republican — agreed with Trump that Clinton’s past is “fair game,” other White House hopefuls do not share that sentiment. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said Sunday on CNN that the issue was a distraction from policy debates.
“I think we have more important things to worry about in this country than Bill Clinton’s sex life,” Sanders said.
It’s unclear whether this line of attack will actually damage Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state actually experienced some of her most favourable poll numbers as first lady during the Lewinsky scandal. Public-opinion surveys at the time showed that many Americans supported her decision to stand by her husband.
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