This week the Clinton campaign has been playing up the fact that Mark Cuban, a loudmouthed anti-Trump billionaire best known for screaming at referees from courtside seats while watching his Dallas Mavericks basketball team, would be placed in the front row of the debate to distract Donald Trump.
"Just got a front row seat to watch Hillary Clinton overwhelm Donald Trump at the 'Humbling at Hofstra' on Monday. It is On!" said Mark Cuban in a tweet on Thursday after his seat was confirmed. Hillary’s Press Secretary Brian Fallon even played up the invite of the billionaire saying, “If you have ever seen Mark Cuban courtside at a Mavericks game, you know he’ll be fired up for Monday’s debate."
It seemed that Hillary Clinton had cornered Donald Trump with a distracting nemesis ideal to throw the candidate off his game as he vied to compete against a seasoned debater in hopes of being selected for the highest office in the land. Even the press wondered whether Trump would be able to maintain his focus when questions were lodged at him by debate moderator Lester Holt while Mark Cuban yelled on.
Like so many ideas that the Clinton campaign has had throughout the campaign, however, it seems that the latest has just backfired on the Hillary’s candidacy once again with Donald Trump refusing to be outdone in schoolyard taunting tactics.
"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!" said Trump in a Tweet on Saturday morning. It seems that may happen.
Buzzfeed reported on Saturday night that Flowers’ assistant, Judy Stell, emailed them a statement saying that "Ms. Flowers has agreed to join Donald at the debate."
Score one point for Trump in the pre-debate strategy spectacle.