Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton, who share a unique friendship, attend the 2014 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 6:30 PM
The Donald ducked a family crisis at Monday night’s presidential debate by keeping Hillary Clinton’s personal life out of it — sort of.
Donald Trump flirted with the idea of making Bill Clinton’s legendary extracurricular love life part of the presidential debate, but pulled his punches at the request of his daughter Ivanka, according to a source close to the situation.
“The reason he didn’t do it is because Ivanka pleaded with her father not to get involved in a personal fight,” we’re told.
According to our insider, Ivanka convinced the Republican nominee that invoking the 42nd President’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, as well as his relationship with aspiring model Gennifer Flowers while he was Arkansas governor, could backfire and rub undecided female voters the wrong way.
We’re told Trump’s campaign coordinator, Kellyanne Conway, who before the debate made strides in toning down the bombastic businessman’s rhetoric, seconded the notion.
During the debate, Trump hinted he “was going to say something extremely rough to (Hillary) and her family,” but held back.
Trump continued with the passive aggressive innuendos afterward when he told CNN, “I’m really happy I was able to hold back on the indiscretions in respect to Bill Clinton, because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton,” he said. When pressed to elaborate, Trump said, “Maybe I’ll tell you at the next debate.”
Our insider tells us Ivanka also had nonpolitical reasons for asking The Donald to keep families out of it: Chelsea Clinton, Hillary and Bill’s 36-year-old daughter, is a longtime friend and she’d like to keep it that way.
“Ivanka is still trying to protect her relationship with Chelsea by doing this,” we’re told. We’re also told that it isn’t lost on Ivanka that her father cheated on her mother, Ivana, with his second wife, Marla Maples, and she doesn’t need the world to be reminded of that indiscretion.
Trump hinted he “was going to say something extremely rough to (Hillary) and her family” during the debate Monday night.
“The family is trying to keep his punches above the belt,” we’re told. Our insider says The Donald has made no such promises for the next debate, which is on Oct. 9.
“He probably feels he didn’t come out on top and wishes he’d gone for the knockout,” we’re told.
A Trump campaign rep declined to comment.
With Brian Niemietz