In what could turn out to be an unsettling turn of events for Hillary Clinton, Gennifer flowers -- an actor and a model who had reportedly had sexual relations with the Democratic nominee's husband and former US president Bill Clinton in the 1980s -- could attend the first US presidential debate between her and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Sunday.
Flowers seemingly confirmed her attendance at the debate -- where she is rumoured to be taking a front-row seat -- through a tweet, in which she said: "Hi Donald. You know I'm in your corner and will definitely be at the debate!... [sic]" The move is believed to be a tactic by Trump and his campaign to unnerve Hillary with the presence of one of Bill's many paramours and sexual partners over the years.
Flowers' show of support to the billionaire-turned-politician seems to be a complete U-turn from her stance nine years ago. She had, in an interview to the Washington Post in 2007, said in the run-up to the 2008 US Presidential Elections: "I can't help but want to support my own gender, and she's as experienced as any of the others -- except maybe Joe Biden."
Meanwhile, Flowers' attendance at the event seems to have been the result of an online powwow between Trump and fellow business tycoon Mark Cuban, who had recently raised questions on Trump's true worth.
Cuban had tweeted on Friday: "Just got a front row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the "Humbling at Hofstra" on Monday. It Is On ! [sic]" To this, Trump had replied on Saturday: "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! [sic]"
Hi Donald. You know I'm in your corner and will definitely be at the debate!...?— Gennifer Flowers (@gennflowers) September 24, 2016