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Third Debate Guests Include Trump Tormentor, Benghazi Mom, Obama Half-Brother

By Scott Horsley | NPR
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Psy-ops in the guest box continues at the third and final presidential debate.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both using guest tickets in a calculated effort to rattle their rivals, or at least send a signal to voters watching on TV.

The in-your-face guest list includes two billionaire critics of Trump, the mother of a Benghazi victim, and President Obama's Kenya-born half-brother.

Trump invited Malik Obama to sit in his silent cheering section after the president's relative endorsed the GOP nominee. He'll be joined by Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, who died in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

"I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son," Patricia Smith said at the GOP convention in July.

Clinton's guest list includes two successful business leaders who have criticized Trump. Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard, is a Republican who has nevertheless endorsed and raised money for Clinton. Investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gleefully dissed Trump at a Clinton rally in Pittsburgh this summer.

"Leadership is not yelling and screaming and intimidating," Cuban said. "You know what we call a person like that in Pittsburgh? A jagoff."

Cuban also had a front-row seat at the first presidential debate, last month.

Trump retaliated at the second debate by inviting several women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault.

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