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Donald Trump has threatened to invite Gennifer Flowers, who had an affair with Hillary Clinton’s husband, to attend Monday night’s presidential debate.

Trump suggested on Twitter that he might invite Flowers, an entertainer whose claims of an affair with Bill Clinton imperiled his 1992 presidential campaign, to the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, in an attempt to rattle Hillary Clinton. The New York Times reported Flowers said in a text message to the newspaper she would attend.

“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,” Trump tweeted. Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team who has frequently questioned Trump’s fitness to be president, said Thursday he will sit in the front row.

Trump made no mention of the debate nor of Flowers during a later rally in Roanoke, Virginia, the last scheduled public event ahead of Monday night’s debate.

A spokeswoman for Clinton dismissed Trump’s threat. “Hillary Clinton plans on using the debate to discuss the issues that make a difference in people’s lives,” Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement. “It’s not surprising that Donald Trump has chosen a different path.”

“My opponent likes to say that for decades she’s been fighting for women — that she’s been fighting for children,” Trump said in a 30-minute address. “Why then are 70 million American women and children living in poverty or on the brink of poverty in our country?”

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