The story's relevance to Hillary Clinton, Blackburn said, was that the former secretary of state and first lady had been "vindictive" to women who had claimed a sexual relationship with the former president.
Trump's deputy campaign manager David Bossie took a similar tack, telling Fox News on Wednesday that Clinton was an "enabler" of her husband's behavior. Rep. Chris Collins, another Trump surrogate, told MSNBC that "the women that Bill Clinton was involved with saw the wrath of Hillary Clinton."
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who famously used a press conference to announce he was leaving his second wife for a mistress, came up with another angle.
After Monday's debate, he told an Elite Daily reporter that Clinton's failure to detect her husband's own affair with Lewinsky showed she was "too stupid to be president."
The allegations around Clinton have been debated and relitigated over decades and there's scant public evidence to support claims that Hillary Clinton had been "vindictive" against women linked to her husband.
Ironically, the same can't be said of Trump: He publicly called Paula Jones, who settled a harassment suit against Bill Clinton, a "loser" and mocked Lewinsky's appearance. As recently as a 2008 CNN interview, he called the conduct that led to Clinton's impeachment "totally unimportant."
But Trump changed his tune as a candidate and now he's bringing his campaign with him. Over the weekend, he threatened on Twitter to invite Flowers, who had an affair with Bill Clinton, to the debate. In May, Trump called the ex-president a "disaster" with women.
His inner circle notably includes several veterans of the 1990s fights with Clinton: Bossie served as a high-profile investigator for House Republicans. Roger Stone, an outside confidant of Trump, has spent years trumpeting obscure conspiracy theories about the Clintons and last year wrote a book called, "The Clintons' War on Women." Newt Gingrich, a leading Trump ally, was Speaker of the House during Clinton's impeachment.