Updated, 6:50 p.m. | Donald J. Trump and Bill Clinton used to be golfing buddies and occasional telephone friends. Mr. Trump donated to the former president’s charitable foundation. Mr. Clinton attended the billionaire developer’s lavish third wedding in 2005.
But as Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who is leading most polls, sets his sights on a potential general election matchup against Hillary Clinton, he is making her husband’s history of marital infidelity a central issue. On Monday, Mr. Trump accused Mr. Clinton of having a “terrible record of women abuse” and warned that he would be a liability to her campaign.
The assault on Mr. Clinton’s character has been couched as a counterpunch. Mrs. Clinton said last week that Mr. Trump had a “penchant for sexism” after he said that she was doing “disgusting” things in the bathroom during the last Democratic presidential debate.
Over the weekend, Mr. Trump said that that Mrs. Clinton was playing the “woman’s card” and that her husband’s sexual history would be fair game as the 2016 race ramped up. “His presidency was really considered to be very troubled, to put it mildly, because of all of the things that’s she talking to me about,” Mr. Trump said Sunday on Fox News.
Mr. Clinton admitted to having an affair with an intern while he was president and rumors that there were other instances of infidelity have swirled around him for years. His political opponents tried unsuccessfully to have him removed from office and the issue has largely receded in the ensuing decades.
But Mr. Trump is going there.
In pursuing this line of attack, Mr. Trump appears to be taking a page from the