Donald Trump is attacking Bill and Hillary Clinton's based on allegations from the 1990s rather than working to build his own comprehensive policy plans, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Tuesday, and he wonders if that will damage the presumptive GOP candidate's campaign moving forward.
"I think it helps about as much as accusing your Republican opponent's father of being friends with Lee Harvey Oswald and somehow implying he may have had something to do with the assassination of JFK," the "Morning Joe"
host said, referring to attacks Trump made against Ted Cruz just before he dropped out of the GOP race.
On Monday, Trump's camp released an Instagram video
that included the voices of two women who had accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault.
The video included the sound of Hillary Clinton laughing in the background and an image of the former president smoking a large cigar, an apparent reference to his scandal with White House intern Monica Lewinski.
In addition, The Washington Post
reports that Trump referred has recently referred in an interview to the death of former White House aide Vince Foster, whose death has remained the focus of several conspiracy theories for years.
"It's the one thing with her, whether it's Whitewater or whether it's Vince or whether it's Benghazi. It's always a mess with Hillary," Trump had said.
Trump also said in that interview, last week, that theories of possible foul play in the Foster case are "very serious" and the death was "very fishy."
"He [Foster] had intimate knowledge of what was going on," Trump said in the interview. "He knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide."
But, said Trump in the interview, he doesn't bring up Foster's death "because I don't know enough to really discuss it. I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely a murder. I don't do that because I don't think it's fair."
Trump told The Post that his attacks on the Clintons will probably continue, as "they said things about me which were very nasty. And I don't want to play that game at all. I don't want to play it — as long as they do that I will play at whatever level I have to play at. I think I've proven that."
That attack strategy is a mistake, said Scarborough.
"Instead of building a coherent foreign policy, a consistent foreign policy where he doesn't change positions every year or two, instead of building a coherent education policy, instead of building any coherent policy, he's going out and he's dredging up a murder conspiracy from the 1990s that only kooks were trying to sell 25 years ago," said Scarborough. "And this is where he is."
Nicole Wallace, former communications director for President George W. Bush, agreed with Scarborough, saying that she Trump can win the general election with such arguments.
"To win over the swath of voters that you need to put you over the top, to narrow the gender gap among women, you don't do it by drudging up conspiracy theories," Wallace said. "If you are animated by those topics, you're already for Trump."
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