"Is that right? Fourteen??" That's Alisyn Camerota, 1:21 into the video clip. The shock and incredulity in the voice of the CNN host is stupendous! Yes, who could possibly imagine that, as CNN commentator Errol Louis stated, there are 14 women who could potentially make allegations of improprieties against Bill Clinton.
If Camerota had consulted CNN's own files, she wouldn't be so shocked. The Starr report includes Monica Lewinsky's testimony that Clinton personally told her that "he had had hundreds of affairs" before the age of 40. And Dick Morris is on record saying Clinton had "hundreds of women" just during his time in the White House. Whatever the precise number, does Camerota assume that Clinton conducted himself like Sir Galahad in all his encounters?
The discussion arose in the context of Donald Trump's jujitsu against Hillary after she accused him of "sexism."
JOHN BERMAN: What'll be interesting, Errol, is whe we see Bill Clinton out on the campaign trail next week in New Hampshire. Does Bill Clinton address any -- get within a million miles of any of this?
ERROL LOUIS: Well, you put your finger on exactly what is going on here. Is Donald Trump wants to take Bill Clinton out of the equation. Wants to either embarrass him or otherwise frighten him off the campaign trail. Unlikely to happen, but that is the strategy. To sort of get him out of the picture so that he can go after Hillary Clinton without her biggest booster, one of the most popular Democrats in the country. I don't think that's going to happen. But you know, after what we've seen with Bill Cosby, and with. old accusations. There are about 14 women who could be said to have made claims at one time or another.
ALISYN CAMEROTA: Is that right? Fourteen??
LOUIS: Well, if you go to the sort of right-wing websites and the talk radio crowd. There are about 14 names out there.