Donald Trump has chosen the nuclear option

Psyching out Hillary?
Psyching out Hillary?
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Donald Trump has taken the gloves off in anticipation of debating Hillary Clinton tonight.

In a move that appears to be designed to distract Clinton right before they face off, Trump held a press conference with four women this evening, Oct. 9. Three have leveled sexual assault accusations against Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton: Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey. The fourth, Kathy Shelton, was 12 years old when a young Hillary Clinton was assigned to defend her accused rapist in court.

Trump introduced the women in a Facebook Live broadcast on his official page, saying ”these four very courageous women have asked to be here and it was our honor to help them.” Each then gave a public statement.

Jones said she was there to support Trump, and described him as a “good person.”

“Actions speak louder than words,” Juanita Broaddrick said. “Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me and Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don’t think there is any comparison.”

Here’s the video of the press conference:

Kathy Shelton tweeted after the conference, elaborating on her statement:

Clinton’s campaign responded with a reminder of Michelle Obama’s words during the Democratic National Convention:

All four women will reportedly attend tonight’s debate in person.