"Today" show host Savannah Guthrie gave former President Bill Clinton the benefit of the doubt on Tuesday, by saying his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was "alleged."
Guthrie made the blunder while asking presidential candidate Donald Trump about his argument that Clinton's sex scandal was fair game if Hillary Clinton continues to argue that Trump is a sexist.
"You mention Monica Lewinsky," Guthrie asked. "Are you saying an alleged extra-marital affair, that of course he has now admitted, is that fair game?"
"Is it alleged? I don't think that's alleged," Trump pounced. Clinton's relationship with Lewinsky became clear after Lewinsky turned over a semen-stained dress of hers to investigators, and Clinton ultimately admitted an "improper" relationship with her in August, 1998.
"No, he's admitted it, he's admitted it," Guthrie agreed.
"If he's admitted it, you don't have to use the word alleged," Trump replied.
"Right, exactly," Guthrie said. "Are you saying an extramarital affair by Bill Clinton is fair game, is something that you think should be in the campaign?"
"If she's going to play the women card, because I'll do more for women than Hillary Clinton is going to do for women, including the safety of our country, which is good for everybody," Trump answered.
"And if she's going to play that game, and if he's going to be out there campaigning, then he's certainly fair game," he added. "I think just about everybody agrees with me on that."
Guthrie also tried to press Trump to explain a late Monday night tweet in which Trump said Bill Clinton was called a racist when he campaigned for his wife against then-Sen. Barack Obama.
"He was terrible, failed badly, and was called a racist!" his tweet said.
Guthrie asked whether that tweet means Trump himself believes Bill Clinton is a racist.
"No, he was called that by the Obama campaign, he was called it loud and clear," Trump said.
"Then why put it in your tweet if you don't believe it?" Guthrie pressed.
"All I said was what they said, Savannah," Trump explained. "That's what they said, they called him a racist. I don't believe he is a racist, if you want to know the truth, but they called him a racist, it was a miserable campaign, he did very poorly, and if they bring him about again, he's being wheeled out and we're going to see what happens."