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So what angle is Trump playing? Well, as many are well aware, Flowers made a name for herself in the 90s when she claimed to have had an affair with Bill. During his first campaign run in 1992, Clinton denied Flowers’ claim. He later admitted to one sexual encounter with Flowers, a large departure from the 12 year affair she had proclaimed. And while we can admit that the chances of this being a one time affair are slim, we can't help but feel that he was played a little bit. Bill Clinton may be to blame for his indiscretions, but Hillary isn't, that's for sure. We advise you to brush up on your facts before you side with either party. Is Trump playing to Hillary's weakness? Or is he just using a manipulative gold-digger to further his cause and degrade women even more than he already has?
She's a curious image to ponder. White-blond hair (dyed), exquisite features (doctored cosmetically, save for her abundant, God-given "tatas," as she calls them), soft and seductive yet tough as nails, a honey trap fraught with danger and intrigue—Marilyn Monroe jumps to mind. Or is that a stretch, Gennifer with a G (her mother named her Eura Gean; a maternity nurse said it was French) as Camelot reincarnation in this era of kiss and tell? Alleged ex-temptress for the candidate mimicking hero JFK? More mistress mythology in the making?
Sex is one thing, and history tells us lots of presidents apparently enjoyed it illicitly and still governed well, so does it really matter? But an affair of the heart, as Flowers claims and Clinton denies, is quite another. Read the facts, straight from Gennifer Flowers' mouth, and decide for yourself.
Bill Clinton confirmed the sexual affair in 1998.
First and foremost, this affair is not completely fabricated. Clinton confirmed under oath in 1998 that he and Flowers had a sexual affair during his marriage to Hillary Clinton. So it did happen. To what extent, we can never really know. In an interview with Penthouse magazine, years before when Clinton was still skirting the issue, Flowers was quoted mocking the President and his campaign team.
"Why doesn't someone ask him directly?" grins Flowers, " 'Bill, have you ever had sex with Gennifer Flowers? Did you screw her?' "
Clinton's campaign manager at the time, Betsey Wright, never did say yes or no to that question. Instead, she dismissed Flowers as a "pathological liar," responding with her own dossier of dirt on Flowers, much of it gathered by a lawyer/investigator hired by the campaign to handle "bimbo eruptions," to use Wright's words.
Flowers has a RAP sheet of indiscretions.
Listen, I'm a feminist. I believe that women are often discredited based on their word alone, and it is dangerous to deem said word as invalid. But if it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a gold-digging duck. With an impressive manipulative resume including attempted blackmail, manufacturing a self-styled 12-year affair with Clinton to salvage a flop of a singing career, and shenanigans involving a mink coat that Flowers reported stolen. Later, Clinton's camp claimed Flowers pocketed the $5,000 insurance reimbursement only to show up with a mink coat that a furrier says she asked him to repair in exchange for sex. Yikes.
"Absolutely ridiculous," responded Flowers, saying the mink coat was a cheap knock-off she picked up with the money and paid about $200 to refurbish. "I'd never sleep with a furrier, especially not that one. He was nice but not all that good-looking, and certainly not for $200. Now I might go for the fur-company owner if he offered me a $20,000 sable, but only if I cared about him. Is that all the dirt they've got?" Classy.
Flowers made cash off the Clinton's downfall.
With Election Day looming, Gennifer "just spell my name with a G" Flowers may be Donald Trumps dream girl—a fatal attraction turned Clinton's public accuser. But is Flowers "the most dangerous woman in America," as one British newspaper labeled her? This sultry, out-of-work nightclub singer churning the "character" issue as she chums for notoriety and cash?
"On her own she's not dangerous," says Wright to Penthouse magazine in 1992. "She only becomes dangerous when people like you give her lies credibility by writing about them. The phenomenon that bears dissecting is the fact that she is paid. She has taken money to lie about Bill Clinton before, and now has taken money from Penthouse to lie about Bill Clinton again." So just what did they have if, as Clinton claims, the purported 12-year affair is Flowers's fiction? "They had an acquaintanceship," says Wright. Maybe so, but the media loves scandal. Clinton's camp played the card that if someone is being paid to speak, how can we ever deem what they say as true?
Initially, Flowers denied everything, until the spotlight cost her a "$17,500-a-year state job" that Clinton is reported to have helped her obtain, over what critics have sniped were more qualified applicants, and tabloids started staking her out. She cooperated with the weekly tabloid, The Star, she says, because she was told that the story was going to run with or without her, and the deal was too sweet to pass up. More money in the bank.
"Who's going to hire me to sing now?" she asks. "The scandal has made me unemployable, so I've got to look out for myself." She wrote a book, and has contemplated a movie and a 900-number to air her Clinton tapes. A recording on her phone refers callers to a Dallas attorney for booking information. She proffers a business card sporting hot red lips.
Flowers taped her conversations with Clinton during their relationship.
Nothing says love like covering your own ass, right? To hear Flowers tell it, she began taping her talks with Clinton after her name first surfaced during his 1990 race for Arkansas governor. "Just in case," she says. "I was preparing for the worst." After he won a fifth term, the gossip died. Then Clinton's White House ambitions became known, and the national media picked up scandal's scent, virtually ignored until then by the Little Rock press.
On another tape they discuss how she might turn double agent and attempt to entrap the local Republicans who had approached her with a reported $50,000 offer to go public. Clinton suggests she consider signing an affidavit detailing any G.O.P. dirty tricks. On another tape, concerned about a grievance filed against her by a state employee—the job that Clinton helped procure—she phones Clinton at the mansion and urges him to help her get out of town before reporters begin digging into how she got the job. He promises to help.
Suddenly, the stakes were high. After Clinton went public with his White House dreams, Flowers phoned the candidate to alert him to all the snooping. Her mother and stepfather were visiting, asleep in the back room. She can be heard whispering on a tape dated September 23, 1991, "It's the last thing needed to happen."
Clinton urges her to deny everything. "If they ever hit you with it, just say no and go on. There's nothing they can do." He says he "expected" the press "to look into it and interview you, but just think if everyone's on record denying it, you got no problems."
Flowers: "Why would they waste their money and time coming down here?"
Clinton: "They're gonna try and run this. But if everybody kinda hangs tough, they're just not gonna do anything. They can't. They can't run a story like that unless somebody says, 'Yeah, I did it.' "
Flowers claims to have had an abortion.
"I had an abortion," she says, dating it to February 1978, shortly after she met Clinton the previous fall. She was a fetching TV cub reporter for a Little Rock Station, Clinton was the dashing state attorney general who, she says, pursued her despite a jealous wife. Not long after their alleged affair began, she claims she became pregnant by Clinton.
"The woman is a pathological liar," rebuked Clinton's camp, who says Flowers has been scheming to parlay her acquaintance with Clinton into a payoff for years, timing her scandal to debut with his run for the rose garden. "And this is an outright lie. How much longer will she fabricate these things? And why haven't we heard this before?"
"Because," laughs a former roommate, sarcastically, "Gennifer always says she likes to save dessert for last." Flowers responds, "It's just not something I was comfortable talking about and had to really think about telling it. But I wanted to give Penthouse something that I hadn't told anyone before." Well, of course.
According to medical records provided to Penthouse magazine, Flowers visited her gynecologist, Dr. K. M. Kreth, of Little Rock, on December 19, 1977. Her period was late. Kreth has since died, but records of the urine test at the Clinical Laboratory of Little Rock confirm that she was pregnant. She says she must have forgotten her diaphragm in the heat of passion, "or it just slipped."
Of course, neither those records, nor she, can prove it was Clinton, but her mother, Mary Hirst, recalls: "At the time, she told me about the abortion. She said it was Bill Clinton. She said the only other guy she was dating had a vasectomy." Again, obviously. What other options could there be? Flowers says the other man was an Arkansas businessman, also married, also named Bill. Asked about that in a phone interview, the man denied dating her, as well as the vasectomy. But others say her alleged affair with this Bill was no secret. So in this case of he-said she-said, who are we supposed to believe? Who is the wolf and who is the lamb?
Flowers always had a personal vendetta against Hillary.
After being questioned about the affair, Hillary once told who told millions of Arsenio Hall viewers that Gennifer "has lots of problems." Well yea, what else do you say about the woman exploiting her affair with your husband and partner? Gennifer turned catty after she didn't get her way. "He's got a small penis and she's got fat ankles," she explodes, "so they have to accept each other despite their physical imperfections. I dare Hillary to bare her butt in any magazine. They don't have a page that broad!"
Tsk, tsk. Is this any way for a sister to behave? "No one ever accused me of being a liberated woman," says Flowers. Well, that's for sure. Bill Clinton is fully in the wrong here, that can't be argued. He cheated on his wife, multiple times it seems, but what does that have to do with Hillary? It said nothing of her as a First Lady then, and it says nothing about her ability as the next President of the United States now. But can you really blame Trump for not taking the bait? This is exactly how he likes to play it.
Imagine the campaign catfight:
FIRST LADY VS FIRST MISTRESS
THREE ROUNDS IN VEGAS!
A DON KING EXTRAVAGANZA HBO PAY-PER-VIEW!
NATIONAL ANTHEM BY GENNIFER FLOWERS
"If Hillary just wants me to fade away, I'd watch what she said about me," warned Flowers back in 1992 to Penthouse magazine.
Flower's is the self-proclaimed "Princess Pussy".
"She's used men her entire life," an estranged friend told Penthouse. "Once she said, 'It's time moved in with my boyfriend.' So I asked her, 'But I thought you didn't like him.' And she said, 'I don't want to pay for anything for a while.' Whatever fits her purpose, she does. She'll tell you whatever she needs to get you on her side. She knows where to go to get money... she calls herself "Princess Pussy.' "
"What do you expect them to say?" shrugs Flowers.
Sure, Flowers isn't the first woman to ever use a man to get what she wants. Let's face it, men are easily manipulated, especially when it comes to their genitals. She was only taking what was so easily offered to her. But forgive me if I find the credibility of "Princess Pussy" to be lacking. Bill Clinton was a pig. He was a man who thought with his penis, and not his brain. But I can't tell which is more guilty here.
Clinton's then campaign team read a statement she describes as coming to the campaign from another ex-Flowers girlfriend. "She plotted and schemed to marry a rich man," she reads. "When the richest of her many lovers would not leave his wife, or come across with more money, she staged a suicide attempt with wine and valium. She is a gifted liar, and her biggest lie was the governor. As an excuse for her failure to perform, or if she was too hungover to show up, her explanation was simple: the governor was in town."
"Let me tell you about her," says Flowers, referring to the ex-girlfriend. "She's crazy, off her rocker." Maybe it's because in this day and age women are pitted against each other so often it seems redundant, but seriously? I don't even care. I don't even care that he cheated on his wife, to me, this is worse.
Trump isn't the first Republican to use Flowers against the Clintons.
When Clinton was gearing up to run for a fifth term as Governor, his opponent was Republican Sheffield Nelson, Larry Nichols dispatched to Clinton several letters suggesting that he knew all about the governor's sexual peccadilloes. When he received no response, Nichols filed a lawsuit, charging he'd been fired as part of an attempted cover-up involving a slush fund used to fund Clinton sexcapades. "The people of Arkansas need to know what Clinton is really like," wrote Nichols in a press release. "His wife could not stop him, only the press can. But the press has either been hoodwinked or has chosen to look the other way." Sounds familiar.
Nichols touted tape recordings of women confessing affairs but failed to deliver. He tried to subpoena five women to obtain their depositions, including several beauty queens, a Clinton aide, and Flowers. After his case died in State Court, he refiled in Federal Court, but no woman was ever deposed.
Meanwhile, during the 1990 governor's race, Flowers began making her secret tapes—tapes that offer a rare window on the jungle of power politics, sex, sin, and spin-control. "I think we're in the clear," Clinton says at one point. On a tape dated April 12, 1990, he certainly believed Nelson was backing the trash campaign against him. "Nelson called me," Clinton tells Flowers, "and said, 'I want you to know we didn't have anything to do with that.' "
Clinton said he didn't buy it. "I said, 'Yeah, you sent your little lawyer to the prison system to find inmates who would trash me.' " Clinton also accused one of Nelson's people of manufacturing garbage. "He was calling people off the street, trying to get people to say I'd slept with them," says Clinton on the tape.
"I have good taste," jokes Clinton on the tape. "I told you a couple of years ago when I came to see you that I'd retired. Now I'm glad I have because they have scoured the waterfront. And they couldn't find anything!"
On this early tape, Clinton sounds more relaxed than during later conversations with Flowers, relieved that the charges died in the local press. "I'm really glad it got nipped in the bud," says Flowers.
"Are you gonna run for president?" asks Flowers on a later tape. "You can tell me that."
"I want to," says Clinton, "but I don't want to be blown out of the water with this. I don't see how they can hurt me so far. If they don't have pictures of me and... if no one says anything, they don't have anything. Or even if someone says something, they don't have much."
Flowers giggles. "If they could have blown you out of the water, they already would have." Little did he know she would be the very one to blow him out of the water.
Flowers' fame died after the scandal passed.
Surprising no one, Gennifer Flowers faded into the back ground after Clinton was elected President. Say what you will about him, that man is charming. He charmed the pants (pun intended) off of Americans and we all but forgot about his indiscretions until a certain blue dress came to fame. So yes, he's a cheater. The guy has a hard time keeping it in his pants. But what causes more concern to me is the current effect it is having on Hillary's campaign. Do you know how many memes I've seen making jokes about Clinton not being able to run the White House if she can't even keep her husband from cheating on her? Yes, people are STILL that sexist.
One of Donald Trump's biggest weaknesses is the women's vote, and that is against a female candidate that most women don't even really like! For me, it doesn't get much lower than bringing in your husband's affairs to question your competence. I'm sorry, but the two have nothing to do with each other. Tons of questions have been asked during this election, but let me answer just a few for you. Number one, Hillary Clinton may not be our next President, but that is NOT because she "can't take care of her man." Number two, Donald Trump, while not a bad candidate, will never win if he continues to degrade women. Half this population is women buddy, might as well start treating us as equals and show some respect. And three, Gennifer Flowers is out to help no one, not Bill Clinton, not Donald Trump, and certainly not women, but herself. But hey, that's just my opinion. Read Gennifer Flowers' memoir and decide for yourself.
Passion & Betrayal by Gennifer Flowers
America's most famous "other woman" talks about her decade-long affair with the president and the furor over its revelation, her exposure to death threats, political duplicity, and betrayal, and her other lovers.