Post-debate, Trump allies focus on ‘90s Bill Clinton sex scandals

Allies of Donald Trump have a new line in the days since the debate: that Trump is a paragon of graciousness for not attacking Hillary Clinton on the debate stage for her husband’s affairs.

Trump himself got the ball rolling moments after the debate, telling CNN in the spin room that “I’m very happy I was able to hold back on the indiscretions with respect to Bill Clinton. Because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton, and I didn’t want to say what I was going to say” and then threatening to bring it up next time.

And from there, the people around Trump have followed in his stead. His campaign manager Kellyanne Conway mentioned his omitting the topic later in the spin room and on television. His son Eric said in a radio interview that it had taken “courage” for his father to not bring the issue up and that it would be “something I’ll always remember.”