Clinton campaign responds to increasing number of protesters shouting 'Bill Clinton is a rapist'

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Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook responded on Monday to an increasing number of protesters who have appeared at rallies chanting "Bill Clinton is a rapist" and wearing shirts claiming the same.

Mook told reporters on a conference call that the protests are "part of the [Donald] Trump campaign's scorched earth policy."

"They're trying to make excuses and taper over his lack of real plans," he said, calling the rhetoric "disrespectful" and "divisive."

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Demonstrators wearing shirts reading 'Bill Clinton Rapist' protest as US President Barack Obama speaks during a Hillary for America campaign event in Greensboro, North Carolina, October 11, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators wearing shirts reading 'Bill Clinton Rapist' protest as US President Barack Obama speaks during a Hillary for America campaign event in Greensboro, North Carolina, October 11, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators wearing shirts reading 'Bill Clinton Rapist' protest as US President Barack Obama speaks during a Hillary for America campaign event in Greensboro, North Carolina, October 11, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators wearing shirts reading 'Bill Clinton Rapist' protest as US President Barack Obama speaks during a Hillary for America campaign event in Greensboro, North Carolina, October 11, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator wearing a shirt reading 'Bill Clinton Rapist' is escorted out as she protests while US President Barack Obama speaks during a Hillary for America campaign event in Greensboro, North Carolina, October 11, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: A protester wears a shirt with an image of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and the word 'rape' as democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at Wayne State University on October 10, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. A day after the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Michigan and Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: A protester wears a shirt with an image of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and the word 'rape' as democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at Wayne State University on October 10, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. A day after the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Michigan and Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 13: Protesters wearing Bill Clinton Rape t-shirts stand across the street from the rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden and Catherine Cortez Masto, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Nevada, at the Culinary Worker's Union Local 226 in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
A demonstrator holds up a picture of former US President Bill Clinton that reads 'RAPE' as US President Barack Obama speaks at a Hillary for America campaign event in Cleveland, Ohio, October 14, 2016. Obama warned 'democracy itself' is on the ballot in November's presidential election, as White House concern grows about the lasting impact of Republican Donald Trump's campaign. / AFP / JIM WATSON / (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 21: A man wears a shirt depicting Former President Bill Clinton and the word 'Rape' outside Quicken Loans Arena on the last day of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday July 21, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds up a picture of former US President Bill Clinton that reads 'RAPE' as US President Barack Obama speaks at a Hillary for America campaign event in Cleveland, Ohio, October 14, 2016. Obama warned 'democracy itself' is on the ballot in November's presidential election, as White House concern grows about the lasting impact of Republican Donald Trump's campaign. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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He then called out Alex Jones, the noted conspiracy theorist and founder of InfoWars, for encouraging the protests by promising cash rewards for individuals who disrupt events by making the claims.

"Alex Jones will continue to pay people to wear shirts and hold signs," he said.

At recent rallies, the Jones-inspired protesters have made a few high-profile interruptions, earning pushback from President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

During a rally last week in Detroit, a man wearing a shirt calling Bill Clinton a rapist shouted down Hillary Clinton and was removed from the rally.

"You know, I do hope somebody follows that gentleman out and stages an intervention," Hillary Clinton said. "He clearly has not been following this election very closely."

In Iowa on Wednesday, Bill Clinton said a similar protest was "what's wrong with American politics."

"Give that guy a hand — they've had a very bad week in the Trump campaign, and he feels bad," Bill Clinton said as a protester shouted "you're a rapist!" "Give him a hand! The problem is, if you only listen to one television station, and nobody ever tells you the truth, you get like that."

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Juanita Broaddrick speaks in the spin room after the the town hall debate between Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick (L-R) sit at the presidential town hall debate between Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathy Shelton (L-R) are seated at the second U.S. presidential debate between Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Kathleen Willey arrives for the second presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic contender Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Bill Clinton accuser Juanita Broaddrick (L) chats with rape victim Kathy Shelton as they take their seats for the second presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic contender Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathy Shelton (L-R) are seated at the start of the second U.S. presidential town hall debate between Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathy Shelton, a guest, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's daughters-in-law Lara Trump and Vanessa Trump and daughter Tiffany Trump sit before the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathy Shelton sit before the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Obama was faced with the protests at two rallies last week. In North Carolina, he said the protesters were "some folks who were auditioning for a reality show."

The Clinton campaign pushed back against Jones on Sunday in an ad titled "Conspiracies" which focused on Trump's connection with the conspiracy theorist. The ad ripped Jones for spreading unfounded fringe theories about the Sandy Hook shooting and September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Just one day later, on Monday morning, Trump retweeted Paul Joseph Watson, Jones' top deputy and one of the most prominent conspiracy theorists on the internet.

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