Sunday, October 9, 2016

Clinton and Alleged Sexual Assault

On her website, Hillary Clinton originally made the statement:

"I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don't let anyone silence your voice.  You have the right to be heard.  You have the right to be believed, and we're with you."

After Juanita Broaddrick spoke up and Clinton was asked if her husband's accusers had a right to be believed, the line "You have the right to be believed" was scrubbed.

It is entirely possible that many first time voters in the 2016 election have no idea who Juanita Broaddrick is or anything about the other allegations made against President Bill Clinton, husband of Hillary Clinton.  There were many.

Before considering any of them, it is important to note that Hillary Clinton bears no responsibility for her husband's actions, alleged or otherwise.  What she should own and make right, is her response to women who came forward.

Juanita Broaddrick alleged that President Bill Clinton raped her.  Broaddrick has maintained that Hillary Clinton attempted to silence her including what she perceived as threats.

Hillary Clinton smeared Gennifer Flowers, one of President Bill Clinton's mistresses.  President Clinton admitted the affair after the attacks.

Hillary Clinton had a penchant for disparaging women as they came forward, dismissing their claims as bimbo eruptions.

Hillary Clinton attacked Monica Lewinsky, an intern who President Bill Clinton famously denied having a sexual relationship with, as a narcissistic loony toon.  Trouble is, Lewinsky did have an affair with Clinton.  The world learned of President Bill Clinton's sexual appetite in all its lewd details during his impeachment.  Many probably couldn't look at cigars the same way afterwards.

Paula Jones alleged that President Bill Clinton, then Governor of Arkansas, propositioned and exposed himself to her.  Jones was mercilessly attackedPresident Bill Clinton later reached an $850,000 out-of-court settlement with Jones for her sexual harassment lawsuit.

Kathleen Willey, a White House volunteer during President Bill Clinton's first term of office, alleged that President Clinton sexually assaulted her in the White House.

All this leaves the question, if true, should Hillary Clinton be blamed for her husband's actions?  While Clinton surrogates and the media, indistinguishable as they may be, often transition to that line of thought when these issued are raised, the answer is NO.

Most who raise these instances are not trying to tie anything President Bill Clinton did or was alleged to have done to Hillary Clinton.  The Clinton campaign and her allies know that.

What her allies do not want to address is exactly what Hillary Clinton does bear responsibility for.  It is the underlying issue to most who raise these past allegations.  Hillary Clinton and her allies persecuted anyone who accused her husband of impropriety and this demonstrates a profound lack of compassion for alleged victims of sexual assault.  It is for that hypocrisy, perhaps indirectly acknowledged by her website revision noted above, that she deserves criticism. 

If Hillary Clinton has had a change of heart and now believes women who allege some form of sexual assault or harassment should be believed, she should demonstrate that by first apologizing to the women she sought to destroy for alleging exactly that against her husband.

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