ST. LOUIS—The big question of the past 24 hours has been whether Donald Trump would just start shouting about Bill Clinton's sexual history, or just continue apologizing for his leaked 2005 remarks and try to press forth with his message of faux-populist ethno-nationalism. What tack would he take in the debate?
I think we just found out. Moments ago, Trump held a two-minute "press conference" in St. Louis with Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathy Shelton. The first three women have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, and the last is a woman whose accused rapist was represented by Hillary Clinton, then an Arkansas attorney, in the 1970s.
No, really. Trump did this very thing. He called it "debate prep."
In the clip, the women each introduce themselves and describe why they're supporting Donald Trump. Broaddrick, who claims that Bill Clinton raped her and then Hillary Clinton menaced her into silence, notes in her introduction that she "tweeted recently and Mr. Trump retweeted it." After Shelton introduces herself, Trump turns to her and says, "You went through a lot."
After the brief statements, Trump thanks the small press corps for attending. Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon can be seen hanging in the room.
"Why did you say you touched a woman without her consent?" a reporter asks.
"Why don't you go ask Bill Clinton that?" Jones shouts back. "Why don't you go ask Bill Clinton that? Go ahead, ask Hillary as well!" At least one or two people in the background start laughing over something, Jones appears to groan, and the video ends.
All four women will reportedly be in the audience for the debate.
So ... yeah. Tonight is going to be repellant.