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Donald Trump called Paula Jones a “loser” in 1998

Running for president against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has chosen to embrace a range of women who’ve previously accused Bill Clinton of a range of sexual assaults. One of those women is Paula Jones, whose lawsuit against Clinton in the 1990s was ultimately unsuccessful, but which incidentally led to the perjury charges related to Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky that led to his impeachment.

Back in 1998, however, Trump had a rather different take on Jones, who he called a “loser” whose allegation against Clinton “has been proven to be false.”

Obviously Trump is entitled to reevaluate his assessment of Jones and Jones’s claims, but bringing her out just before the second presidential debate after old audio of him bragging about sexually assaulting women surfaced certainly smacks of opportunism.

Similarly, while today Trump’s view is that Hillary Clinton deserves some form of guilt-by-association for Bill Clinton’s alleged misdeeds, back in 1999 he said she has “been through more than any woman should have to bear.”