On the campaign trail stumping for his wife in South Dakota, former President Bill Clinton seemed a bit dejected at his own role within the campaign.

“I sometimes feel that I’m totally useless in this election season because I’m a happy grandfather. I’m not mad enough at anybody,” he said. “And because the life I spend now is driven by the real world and facts … I mean, we live in kind of a fact-free political universe, you know?”

Clinton’s comments come following presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump bringing up past rape accusations against him and proclaiming that Hillary Clinton should keep close watch of her husband and his wandering eyes if they were to return to the White House.

Hillary Clinton has thus far taken the high road on the issue, refusing to respond directly and instead remarking to CNN that Trump, “can say whatever he wants to say” about Bill.

To date the former president has, himself, also refused to discuss Trump’s comments, or the accusations made by any of the women who have come forward to claim improper advances by Clinton. The most damning of which is Juanita Broaddrick, who claimed that Clinton raped her in 1978 — and that Hillary Clinton tried to intimidate and discredit her.

The 42nd president’s words on the trail seem to indicate he understands that nobody wants niceties in this election and that people are demanding the political equivalent of a steel cage match this election cycle. He clearly believes that an optimistic, upbeat message, which is what he claims he wants to deliver to voters, is potentially going to hurt his wife’s campaign more than it could help it.

As the former president struggles with his role in the campaign, he continues to support his wife in South Dakota while she attends fundraisers this weekend in the conservative stronghold of Texas.

h/t Washington Examiner


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