On Saturday, Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump made headlines after he posted a tweet saying he would invite Gennifer Flowers to the debate as a guest. Flowers became known back in the early 90’s when she revealed that her and Bill Clinton had a long sexual history during his first presidential campaign.
On “Meet the Press” on Sunday, NBC host Chuck Todd said that instead of inviting Gennifer Flowers to the presidential debate Monday night, Trump should have invited one of the “grieving Benghazi family members” instead.
The comment came during a discussion with Stephanie Cutter, the former deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama, and Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during his 2008 presidential campaign.
“What Clinton and Trump are doing is trying to throw each other off their game,” Cutter added. “The difference is Clinton is doing it with a legitimate businessman, also a celebrity, and as John Podesta put it earlier on your show, Trump is just jumping right down in the sewer and swimming in it by inviting Gennifer Flowers.”
If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2016
The invitation was extended after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton invited Mark Cuban to be her guest at the debate.
Later on Saturday Flowers tweeted that she accepted Trump’s invitation and would attend the debate as his guest. However, Trump campaign manager Kelly Conway said on Sunday that despite Trump’s tweet, the campaign did not actually extend Flowers a formal invitation.
Although it wasn’t an actual invite, Todd still didn’t think Flowers was the best guest option for Trump.
“It would have made more sense to me had Trump responded with bringing a grieving mother of one of the grieving Benghazi family members,” Todd said. “That seems to be the counter that would have made policy sense.”
Schmidt, in response, said that Clinton’s move was “clearly effective.”
“[The invitation to Cuban] was clearly designed to provoke Donald Trump and it provoked Donald Trump,” Schmidt said, “and it provoked Donald Trump into going down the Gennifer Flowers rabbit hole.”