Tonight's debate promises to be unparalleled in American history — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will square off in a town hall format from St. Louis, Missouri, and the audience will hold Bill and Chelsea Clinton, plus three women who have accused the former president of sexual impropriety and one angry over Hillary's role as a lawyer who defended her rapist.
People magazine reports that Hillary's husband and her daughter will be on hand to support the Democratic nominee for president at a time when Trump has promised to make Bill's sexual history Topic A.
Ninety minutes before the debate, scheduled to air live at 9 p.m. ET, Trump invited reporters to a mysterious press opportunity, surprising them by presenting the four accusers.
Seated with Trump at the brief photo op were Paula Jones, who settled a sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton for $850,000 (President Clinton admitted no wrongdoing) in the '90s; Kathleen Willey, who accused President Clinton of making unwanted sexual advances in the '90s; Juanita Broaddrick, who has detailed what she claims was her rape by Bill Clinton in the '70s; and Kathy Shelton, a woman who was raped as a child and whose rapist was defended by Hillary Clinton when she was a practicing lawyer.
Each woman spoke briefly of her support for Trump, and Jones snapped at a reporter who asked Trump about the lewd comments he made on a hot mic in 2005, in which he bragged about sexually assaulting women, "Why don't y'all ask Bill Clinton that?"
After the event, it was confirmed that all four women will be seated in the debate hall — in the same room with the Clintons.
The debate will be moderated by CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz. Trump has already complained about Cooper's presence, saying he objects to how Cooper "behaves."
It has been confirmed that the opening remarks in the debate will address Trump's hot-mic comments, with Hillary winning (or losing, depending on how you view it strategically!) the right to speak first.