The Gift Handed to Hillary Clinton

At Sunday night's presidential town hall, Hillary Clinton had the advantage going in. Following the release of Trump's offensive comments leaked from a 2005 interview, Clinton was prepped --- and probably salivating --- at the chance to bring up Trump's loose-lipped, gilded gift. Did she capitalize on it?

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Read below or listen to the full segment for answers to these packaged questions:

• What canned response did Hillary use?

• Did Trump stop the free fall?

• How did the Trump tape actually get released?

• Are there more tapes of Donald Trump waiting in the wings?

• Does Donald Trump respect women more than anyone else on the planet?

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

You know, we talked about Trump's performance. But Hillary, she was bad too.

STU: Wow.

PAT: I mean you've got these two terrible candidates, and they proved it again last night.

STU: I mean, she handed this gift that she probably had something to do with, which is this tape leaking. You know it's going to be the first question out of the shoot. And her prepared response to it is, to quote, Michelle Obama --

PAT: Like good friend.

STU: When they go low, we go high. That's your freaking response?

PAT: And everybody knows it's a total lie.

STU: Yeah, first of all, it's a total lie. Second of all, I understand the idea that -- because this was -- let's be honest about it, it was a prevent defense performance from Hillary Clinton last night.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: Her belief is, she went into the tape up five points. Okay?

PAT: Uh-huh.

STU: She went there to having the tape. And probably a large move towards Hillary Clinton after this tape. And I can give you some evidence of that.

The new Rasmussen poll has just come out. Rasmussen is one of the most Trump-friendly pollsters. When the average poll, before this tape came out was Clinton plus five, Rasmussen had it at Clinton plus one. Okay? The new poll came out today post tape, and it's 45-38, Clinton. A plus seven now, the Rasmussen report poll.

PAT: Wow.

STU: It's a pretty big move. And rarely do you see that kind of move in a week-to-week poll.

So we don't know yet. It's only one poll. We might find out that other polls show no move.

But in Hillary Clinton's mind, she went in plus five. The tape comes out. She's plus -- God only knows what now -- seven, eight, nine, ten. All she has to do is stand there and not let any event be notable in the debate, and she wins.

PAT: Uh-huh.

STU: That is how she appeared to think about that debate last night, which is -- I mean, any sports fan will tell you. We can actually make a sports reference today because Glenn is not here -- playing prevent defense a lot of times costs you ball games.

JEFFY: It sure does.

PAT: A lot of times. And I think it did last night.

STU: A lot of times costs you ball games.

I don't think it helped her. I think it probably -- let's look at it the other way. Let's look at it from the opposite side.

If Clinton had come into the debate and delivered a knockout punch of some sort, you probably have another two dozen Republican senators and congressmen dropping off of his campaign and no longer endorsing him. Polls are coming out, and they're swinging even further towards Clinton. It will look like a complete disaster.

Instead, I think she just -- I'll just step back. I'll show that, you know, I can talk about these things in detail. And I'll be boring. And I won't try to make any memorable moments. I don't want people to remember this. I want people to think about the debate. So let's just get through the debate. And it allowed him to be able to come in and just by being strong and not necessarily specific about his plans -- but being Donald Trump was enough to make people think, "Okay. Maybe this isn't going to destroy his campaign."

JEFFY: I mean, the best thing that Hillary could have had happen is this debate not happen at all.

STU: Right. Exactly. So I think what he needed to do was stop the free fall. And he probably accomplished that. Which is -- why would you do it, if you're Hillary Clinton? The only thing I can think of is she knows there's 14 more tapes coming out, and he's not going to be able to survive it.

You know, one of the producers of The Apprentice tweeted over the weekend that, you know, I was a producer on season one and two of The Apprentice, and believe me, there's much more where this comes from. This is not the end of this.

The reports are that he was doing this all the time in the breaks of the show, with his mic on for how many years did he host that show? Ten?

JEFFY: Yeah.

PAT: Wow. And who has -- and NBC has all that?

STU: Yeah. And think about this from an NBC perspective for a second.

Access Hollywood was an NBC show. And they apparently didn't care enough about the things that Donald Trump was saying on Access Hollywood and on The Apprentice, a show he was also on NBC for, to fire him from The Apprentice.

They kept giving him millions of dollars a year to come in there and host. And in the breaks, apparently say the same types of things over and over again, that NBC didn't do anything. And they had this in their archives and they didn't release it.

PAT: Yeah, from what I heard, NBC had this tape for 11 years, and they sat on it the whole time.

STU: They did. Yeah. The backstory of this is pretty interesting, in that Access -- there was a story that came out from the AP that almost nobody noticed. We didn't even mention it to be perfectly honest. About people who worked on The Apprentice saying, "Hey, this is the way he talked all the time." He went after this one specific cameraman.

JEFFY: Yeah.

STU: And was constantly talking about her looks to her. And saying how good her butt looked. And all these sorts of -- things you've heard Donald Trump say before, so they didn't seem overly crazy. But it was a bunch of employees coming out and saying these things.

Apparently, Access Hollywood heard that story and decided, "We should go back and look at the tapes and see what he said in those breaks. Was he doing that same thing?"

They found the tape last Monday, a week ago today, and sat on it for four days. They actually wrote the story apparently. Ready to put it on Access Hollywood on Monday, which would be today. Because they didn't want to preempt the debate with it.

JEFFY: Oh, my gosh.

STU: Apparently someone in Access Hollywood was like, "I'm not going to allow that to happen," and leaked it to the guy at the Washington Post, who has been doing all the reporting on the charity problems Trump has been having -- leaked the tape. But the tape was going to come out this week anyway. They did have it, and they were getting it ready to go.

So it happened on an NBC show. NBC employed him. NBC had the tapes. They were going to release it on another NBC show. And then got scooped by the Washington Post before they released it. You know, what arguably is the biggest story of the election, all of it happened under their watch. And now the Washington Post is the one that gets credit for it.

PAT: It's nuts. Well, it doesn't mean anything because...

DONALD: I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do.

PAT: You know.

STU: Oh, wow.

PAT: Nobody has more respect for women than he does. Nobody. Nobody has more respect for women. No one.

JEFFY: Clearly that's true.

STU: Yeah, is there a fact-check on that one?

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