By: Elena Grace Flores
Donald Trump threatens to bring Gennifer Flowers to the Presidential debate Monday. Bill Clinton admitted having a sexual relationship with her decades ago.
Mark Cuban plans to sit in the front row of the debate as per Hillary Clinton’s invitation. Perhaps Trump is anxious to know how Hillary survived the infidelity of the 42nd president.
Marc Cuban vs Jennifer Flowers
“If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer Flowers right along side of him!” Trump tweets.
He soon deleted the original message and tweeted again with the correct spelling of Flowers’ first name.
Cuban quickly shot back via Twitter, mocking Trump for allegedly referring to the two of them as the “Bobbsey Twins.” A term referencing the long-running children’s book series about wholesome siblings.
“Donald. Remember when you told me on the phone we were “Bobbsie Twins” and I laughed ? #truestory,” wrote Cuban.
Flowers has said she plans to come to the Monday debate. It is unclear if the Trump campaign invites her.
Flowers have not responded to CNN’s inquiries. But a tweet from her account says: “Hi Donald. You know I’m in your corner. I will definitely be at the debate”. She tells some other media she will attend.
Representatives of the campaign did not respond to CNN’s inquiries. Trump’s message says perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside” Mark Cuban.
Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, declined to comment when asked about the tweet in Providence Forge, Virginia.
Respect begets respect
Trump on Monday had told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that if Clinton “treats me with respect, I will treat her with respect.” His tweet Saturday came roughly an hour after The New York Times endorsed Clinton for president.
Confession of the Affair with Bill
Flowers, a former Arkansas state employee, said she had a 12-year sexual relationship with Bill Clinton. It was during his 1992 presidential run. He later admitted under oath in 1998 to a sexual encounter with her. Hillary was surviving infidelity gracefully.
Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual misconduct: Who you need to know
Cuban has tried to publicly shame Trump throughout the 2016 campaign. He’s regularly slamming the Republican nominee for not releasing his taxes. The attacks have been particularly effective. Considering that Cuban’s status as a fellow billionaire and his public persona.
Cuban, Happy to be invited
He cheered his invitation by the Clinton campaign to attend Monday’s showdown.
“Just got a front row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the “Humbling at Hofstra” on Monday. It Is On!” Cuban tweeted on Thursday.
Why does Cuban get a front row seat?
Each candidate gets several tickets to Monday’s debate. It will be held at Hofstra University in New York. Debate commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf explains; that each candidate gets to decide who sits where.
Fahrenkopf told CNN’s Michael Smerconish that attempts to “impact the debate” using the candidates’ guests will not be tolerated.
Front Row Controversy
“We are going to frown upon — I will tell you this right now — whether or not a Republican or Democrat or anyone else attempts by use of tickets in placing people in a front row or not to try to impact the debate. It is wrong,” Fahrenkopf said. “We would frown upon Mr. Cuban being in the front row if his purpose is to somehow disrupt the debate; likewise, if Mr. Trump was going to put someone in the front row to try and impact things.”
The interview aired several hours before Trump’s threat to bring Flowers.
‘A penchant for sexism’
Saturday isn’t the first time Trump has referenced Bill Clinton’s infidelity.
He brought the former president’s sex scandals into the campaign late last year around the time Hillary Clinton announced her husband would join her on the campaign trail. At the time, she had recently accused Trump of having a “penchant for sexism” over his charge that she had been “schlonged” in the 2008 primary.
“Hillary Clinton has announced that she is letting her husband out to campaign. But HE’S DEMONSTRATED A PENCHANT FOR SEXISM, so inappropriate!” Trump tweeted in December.
Trump later labeled Clinton “one of the great women abusers of all time.” Still, Hillary Clinton is surviving infidelity up to now.