President Obama says Donald Trump has no evidence to back up his complaints about the election.
- Obama says Trump should set aside his complaints about a rigged election
- Hillary Clinton’s email problem emerges again in allegations of a State Department, FBI quid pro quo
- Melania Trump: "Yes, of course" the media and Clintons worked together against her husband
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
When Melania Trump took to the airwaves to defend husband Donald Trump against allegations of sexual impropriety, she was following a well-worn path of many political spouses before her.
The most notable is Hillary Clinton, who used similar language as she defended her husband, then-President Bill Clinton, in 1998.
Both women blamed political rivals and the media for the respective controversies engulfing their husbands, and said they trusted their husbands’ denials.
“I believe my husband. This was all organized from the opposition,” Trump said on Monday, the first time she spoke publicly after several women accused Donald Trump of kissing and groping them without their consent, and after a 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording emerged of her husband using crass language to describe women.
"[I]t was the media, it was NBC, it was Access Hollywood, and it was left-wing and left-wing media. And people see it, the way it came out is, everything was organized,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Trump said that while her husband used inappropriate language, he would never behave in a sexually aggressive manner.
“My husband is kind and he’s a gentleman and he would never do that,” Trump said. “Everything was organized and put together to hurt him, to hurt his candidacy.”
Asked whether she believed the Clintons and the media were working together, Trump replied, “Yes. Of course.”
Clinton, defending her husband as news emerged about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, offered similar words in 1998.
In an interview with NBC News, she blamed “this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president."
Clinton said the attacks were "deliberately designed to sensationalize charges against my husband because everything else they have tried has failed.”
Clinton also stood by her husband’s claim at the time that he had not had an inappropriate relationship with Lewinsky.
“He is kind. He is friendly,” she said. “I love and believe my husband.”
Seven months later, as Bill Clinton was preparing to testify before a grand jury, he admitted to his wife that he had a sexual relationship with Lewinsky, Clinton wrote in “Living History,” her 2003 book.
”I was dumbfounded, heartbroken and outraged that I’d believed him at all,” she wrote.
(Darren McCollester / Getty Images) (Evan Vucci / Associated Press) Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is one of the most prominent defectors from the Republican side of the presidential race this year. (John D. Simmons / Associated Press)