Donald Trump used the word "rape" in rehashing a controversial claim by an alleged Bill Clinton mistress in the 1990s that was never ultimately corroborated in court, NBC News reported.
His comments came in a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday with Fox News' Sean Hannity that was taped earlier Wednesday and aired that night.
Hannity questioned whether The New York Times, after publishing an extensive evaluation of Trump's professional and personal relationships with women, would take the same approach to Bill Clinton's affairs.
"For example, I looked at The New York Times. Are they going to interview Juanita Broaddrick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey?" Hannity asked Trump, listing women who have made allegations against Bill Clinton. "In one case, it's about exposure. In another case, it's about groping and fondling and touching against a woman's will."
Trump replied, "And rape."
"And rape," Hannity agreed.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merril said in a response: "Trump is doing what he does best, attacking when he feels wounded and dragging the American people through the mud for his own gain. If that's the kind of campaign he wants to run that's his choice. Hillary Clinton is running a campaign to be President for all of America."