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Clinton v Trump

Megyn Kelly and Judge Andrew Napolitano shred Donald Trump's latest attack on Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump's campaign advisers have been dutifully repeating and defending Trump's personal attacks on Hillary Clinton for, as Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway put it, "blaming and shaming" three women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual improprieties. This is part of a "scorched earth" campaign to depress Clinton's turnout on Election Day, The Wall Street Journal reports, and luckily for Trump and Conway, not too many Clinton-leaning voters were probably watching Fox News on Tuesday night when Megyn Kelly and conservative senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano destroyed their argument.

Conway, on CNN Tuesday night, suggested that Bill Clinton's $850,000 settlement with accuser Paula Jones proved he was guilty, but Kelly disagreed. "The Paula Jones settlement sounds to me like a nuisance value settlement," she said. Most of the settlement was legal fees and Clinton did not pay any of it himself, she added. "That's what you do to get rid of these matters when you're somebody like the president of the United States."

"Where I get held up as a lawyer — you tell me — is that people want to condemn Hillary with not believing them and with, you know, trying to silence them and get rid of them, get them out of the public picture," Kelly said, referring to Bill Clinton's accusers, "but there was no proof when she was going after them." "I gotta tell you, I don't think Hillary is at fault in this case, in any of these cases," Napolitano said. "I'm gonna fall out of my chair, because the judge is defending Hillary Clinton," Kelly cut in, laughing. "Listen, we're not talking about emails here," he said quickly. "We're talking about a wife standing by her husband when claims are made against the husband as to which the proof is, as you say, lacking: claims that were late, claims that lacked credibility, claims that were partially true, claims that were eventually retracted and then reinstated. What woman wouldn't stand by her husband in that circumstance?" Watch and marvel below. Peter Weber