During a campaign event in Iowa on Monday, Hillary Clinton awkwardly attempted to appeal to young feminist voters by announcing her proposal to combat the “epidemic” of sexual assault on college campuses.
At a “Women for Hillary” event in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Clinton said that “every student deserves a safe environment in which to learn and thrive, not live in fear.”
“It is not enough to condemn campus sexual assault. We need to end campus sexual assault,” she said.
This is the first time Clinton is addressing the issue on the campaign trail.
The former secretary of state’s proposal is based on the work that the Obama administration has done to highlight sexual assault prevention.
“As president, I’ll fight to make sure every campus offers every survivor the support she needs and will make sure those services are comprehensive, confidential and coordinated,” she said.
This is awkward for Hillary not only because she has a hard time relating to young voters, but because she has a horrible history of defending rapists — as a lawyer defending a child rapist, and as the wife of serial sexual assaulter.
Throughout his political career, Bill Clinton was accused of sexual misconduct with a number of women — Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey, Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, and, most egregiously, Juanita Broaddrick.
Juanita Broaddrick very reluctantly came forward in 1998 to claim she was raped by Bill Clinton when he was running for governor of Arkansas in 1978. She told her compelling, and very authentic-sounding story to Lisa Meyers on Dateline NBC in November of 1998:
Here is Broaddeick’s October 2000 open letter to Hillary Clinton:
I remember it as though it was yesterday. I only wish that it were yesterday and
maybe there would still be time to do something about what your husband, Bill
Clinton, did to me. There was a political rally for Mr. Clinton’s bid for governor of
Arkansas. I had obligated myself to be at this rally prior to my being assaulted by
your husband in April, 1978. I had made up my mind to make an appearance and then
leave as soon as the two of you arrived. This was a big mistake, but I was still in a
state of shock and denial. You had questioned the gentleman who drove you and Mr.
Clinton from the airport. You asked him about me and if I would be at the gathering.
Do you remember? You told the driver, “Bill has talked so much about Juanita”, and
that you were so anxious to meet me. Well, you wasted no time. As soon as you
entered the room, you came directly to me and grabbed my hand. Do you remember
how you thanked me, saying “we want to thank you for everything that you do for
Bill”. At that point, I was pretty shaken and started to walk off. Remember how you
kept a tight grip on my hand and drew closer to me? You repeated your statement,
but this time with a coldness and look that I have seen many times on television in the
last eight years. You said, “Everything you do for Bill”. You then released your grip
and I said nothing and left the gathering.
What did you mean, Hillary? Were you referring to my keeping quiet about the assault
I had suffered at the hands of your husband only two weeks before? Were you
warning me to continue to keep quiet? We both know the answer to that question.
Yes, I can answer Brit Hume’s question. You are the same Hillary that you were
twenty years ago. You are cold, calculating and self-serving. You cannot tolerate the
thought that you will soon be without the power you have wielded for the last eight
years. Your effort to stay in power will be at the expense of the state of New York. I
only hope the voters of New York will wake up in time and realize that Hillary Clinton
is not an honorable or an honest person.
And here is Broaddrick’s interview with Sean Hannity about Hillary’s threat:
The Washington Free Beacon uncovered audio recordings of Hillary Clinton from the early 1980s that included her “frank and detailed assessment of the most significant criminal case of her legal career: defending a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.”
The recordings, which date from 1983-1987 and have never before been reported, include Clinton’s suggestion that she knew Taylor was guilty at the time. She says she used a legal technicality to plead her client, who faced 30 years to life in prison, down to a lesser charge.
In defending the child rapist, Clinton accused the young girl of being “emotionally unstable” with a “tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing.”
“I have also been told by an expert in child psychology that children in early adolescence tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences and that adolescents in disorganized families, such as the complainant’s, are even more prone to exaggerate behavior,” Clinton said.
Clinton said the child had “in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body” and that the girl “exhibits an unusual stubbornness and temper when she does not get her way.”
The Washington Free Beacon contacted the victim, now in her 50s.
Divorced and living alone, she blames her troubled life on the attack. She was in prison for check forgery to pay for her prior addiction to methamphetamines when Newsday interviewed her in 2008. The story says she harbored no ill will toward Clinton.
According to her, that is not the case.
“Is this about that rape of me?” she asked when a Free Beacon reporter knocked on her door and requested an interview.
Declining an interview, she nevertheless expressed deep and abiding hostility toward the Newsday reporter who spoke to her in 2008—and toward her assailant’s defender, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In her latest campaign reboot, Hillary is trying to present herself as a warmer, more authentic candidate, but with her history of defending rapists, it’s about as inauthentic as it gets for her to pretend she is a champion for the victims of sexual assault.