The press has weighed in on whether it's "fair" to scrutinize Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton through the prism of her husband's sexual history, and mostly has no problem with doing just that.
After Donald Trump raised the issue in December, several news outlets and political commentators have agreed with him that, yes, the extramarital affair and sexual harassment allegations in former President Bill Clinton's past are fair game this election.
Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," contributor Willie Geist acknowledged that Clinton's past had "kind of gone away" and people have been "unwilling" to talk about it in public. He said, though, that it has resurfaced.
"Hillary Clinton is being asked about it in town hall meetings. She's been asked about it in the press. She'll be asked about her role way back in the '92 [Bill Clinton] campaign. This is back on the table because of Donald Trump," he said.
Eugene Robinson, a liberal columnist for the Washington Post, agreed.
"Bill Clinton's past was going to come up in any event at some point, somehow, because it's there, right?" he said. "You get the Clintons, you get their past. So, I think now or later, it was going to be there."
Several women have accused the former president of sexual harassment, and he admitted to an extramarital affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky in the late 1990s. Trump started attacking the Clintons over the former president's history after Hillary Clinton said in an interview in December that Trump has a "penchant for sexism."
Trump went on social media to call out the former president's own history with women, saying he has a "terrible record of women abuse." At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he called Bill "one of the great abusers of the world."
Following Trump's counterattacks, some liberal commentators said he was out of line to suggest that Hillary was responsible in any way for her husband's behavior. But others, including some liberals in the press, said Trump was raging a legitimate point.
"Bill Clinton's conduct toward women is far worse than any of the offensive things that Trump has said," wrote liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus.
Joan Vennochi, a writer for The Boston Globe, said Hillary Clinton is "not responsible for his actions. But she played a role in backing them up."
The Washington Post's fact-checker column last week published "a guide to the allegations of Bill Clinton's womanizing."
On Monday, Bill Clinton made his first solo appearance to campaign for his wife. In anticipation, the Associated Press said he was "bringing old controversy" to the election.
After a rally in Nashua, N.H., a reporter mildly confronted him on whether it was "fair game" to use his sexual history in the campaign. Clinton dodged.
"I'm trying to tell the Democrats in the country why I think Hillary would be the best president," he said after holding up his hands and pausing. "I think there's always attempts to take the election away from the people, so I'm just going to give it to them."