Before the debate Sunday, Donald Trump appeared at a news conference with three women who allege that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted or harassed them while serving as president or as governor of Arkansas. They spoke while Trump sat in silence. Each took turns describing their experiences, presenting them as a counterbalance to Trump's recently released lewd comments from Access Hollywood. Among the four was Kathleen Willey, who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault in the 1990s. The Clinton campaign called the conference a stunt and said Trump is just continuing "his destructive race to the bottom." Given that she has gone from a Clinton aide to Trump supporter, you might find yourself asking, what is Kathleen Willey doing now?
Well, this election season, she has been attacking the Clintons. Trump might have just brought the accusations against Clinton to the main stage, but Willey has been attacking Clinton since at least January. That continued on Saturday when she tweeted that Trump "said things that were wrong. He apologized. He never brutally raped anyone twice like [Bill Clinton] raped Juanita. [Donald Trump] didn't murder 4 men in Benghazi." Bustle has reached out to the Clinton campaign for comment. That has been her argument for months — and it seems to be the plan of attack that the Trump campaign went with just moments before the debate.
Back in January, on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, Willey claimed that there were more women who had been harassed by Clinton and asked them to come forward. That continued in her May appearance on the same show, and then she even tried to bring Hillary Clinton into it:
As we get closer to the election, we cannot let this woman back into the White House. This is one way to keep them out of the White House and get rid of them forever because they just need to go away. We’re sick of their dysfunctional family and all of their scandals every single day.
But it's not just against the Clintons. Since at least January, Willey has been a supporter of Trump. In the January radio interview she pushed Trump to go down the path that he amplified Sunday. She lauded Trump's December comments on Twitter that Bill Clinton had a "terrible record of women abuse" and told him to keep going after Clinton.
On Sunday her comments at the press conference were probably the most pro-Trump of all four women:
I’m Kathleen WIlley, and I am here to support Donald Trump. The reason for that is the first day that he announced for president, he said, I love this country and I want America to be great again. And I cried when he said that, because I think this is the greatest country in the world. I think that we can do anything, I think we can accomplish anything, I think that we can bring peace to this world, and I think Donald Trump can lead us to that point.
Willey is a resident of Powhatan County Virginia. Her local paper, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, reported that Willey called in to accuse the Clintons of more crimes but did not provide any details. They reportedly scheduled an interview, but she cancelled 20 minutes before it was set to start.