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Clinton aide calls Trump ‘wounded’ after rape accusation

A Hillary Clinton aide said early Thursday that Donald Trump is trying to "change the subject" from issues like his taxes, after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee accused her husband, Bill Clinton, of rape.

"Trump is doing what he does best, attacking when he feels wounded and dragging the American people through the mud for his own gain," Nick Merrill, the Democratic front-runner's spokesman, said in a statement.

"If that's the kind campaign he wants to run, that's his choice," he added. "Hillary Clinton is running a campaign to be president for all of America.

"It's not surprising that after a week of still refusing to release his taxes and likening Oakland and Ferguson to the dangers in Iraq, of course he wants to change the subject. So while he licks his wounds, we'll continue to focus on improving the lives of the American people."

Trump on Wednesday escalated his attacks on Bill Clinton, accusing the former president of rape.

Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview compared allegations of Trump harassing women with similar claims lodged against Bill Clinton.

"For example, I looked at The New York Times," Hannity said. "Are they going to interview Juanita Broaddrick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey?"

"In one case, it's about exposure," he added while discussing women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. "In another case, it's about groping and fondling and touching against a woman's will."

"And rape," Trump responded.

"And rape," Hannity replied.

"And big settlements, massive settlements," Trump added. "And lots of other things. And impeachment for lying."

Trump has repeatedly vowed that Bill Clinton's infidelity is fair game in the campaign. Wednesday night's interview, however, is the first in which the real estate mogul has accused him of rape.

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