Donald Trump’s campaign manager was shocked the Commission on Presidential Debates barred women who have accused the Clintons of wrongdoing from sitting in the Trump family’s box at Sunday’s debate, she said Monday.
“I was surprised that they thwarted that only because it did not say family box, it said VIP box,” Kellyanne Conway told “CBS This Morning.”
The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump signed off on a covert plan to have three women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment or abuse — and another woman who was just a child when Hillary Clinton was chosen by a judge to defend the man who allegedly raped her — sit inside the Trump family's elevated box.
The plan, reportedly devised by former Breitbart executive and current campaign CEO Steve Bannon, was for Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton to confront the 42nd president before a nationally televised audience by walking into the debate hall when he did.
But CPD co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf halted the effort. The commission had also told Hillary Clinton’s campaign that Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill couldn’t join Bill and Chelsea Clinton inside their family's box.
“And of course in the Clinton box they had invited Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and she’s not a family member. But they threatened to have security remove the women,” Conway continued. “I thought that was unfortunate because Mark Cuban got to sit where he wanted to sit.”