Hillary Clinton shut down a heckler during a town hall-style campaign event in New Hampshire on Sunday, telling the woman, “You’re very rude,” and promising not to respond to her questions, CNN is reporting.
Speaking in a middle school gymnasium in Derry, New Hampshire Sunday, Clinton was repeatedly interrupted by a heckler, later identified as Republican New Hampshire state representative Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien.
— Jim Bancroft (@jimban) January 3, 2016
According to CNN, the heckler stood up just a few feet from Clinton and shouted at her. Clinton rebuked her once, and then when the heckler tried again to get Hillary’s attention during a lull in the action, she started shouting again. That’s when Clinton shut her down.
“You are very rude and I’m not never ever going to call on you. Thank you.”
It’s unclear if Clinton even heard what the heckler was saying – whenever she started speaking, a chorus of Clinton supporters drowned out her heckling with boos.
However, after the program, the heckler was more than happy to tell the media what she wanted form Hillary: specifically, she wanted Clinton’s response to questions about her husband, Bill’s, alleged sexual improprieties back in the 1970’s through the 1990’s.
“I asked her how in the world she can say that Juanita Broderick and Kathleen Wiley are lying when she has no idea who Juanita Broderick is. She told me this summer she doesn’t know who she is and doesn’t want to know who she is. How can she access that they are lying, which she told someone last month?”
Juanita Broderick is one of several women who, during Bill Clinton’s campaign and, later, his presidency, made allegations of sexual misconduct against the former Arkansas governor. In a February 24, 1999 interview with Dateline NBC, Broderick alleged that Clinton had raped her in an Arkansas hotel room in 1978.
Similarly, Kathleeen Wiley also alleged that Bill Clinton had sexually assaulted her: speaking to 60 Minutes in in 1998, Wiley alleged that Clinton had forcibly kissed her and touched her inappropriately in the Oval Office in 1993.
Whether or not Hillary Clinton’s husband’s alleged sexual improprieties are legitimate concerns that need to be raised during the campaign is a matter of debate, but for O’Brien, there is no debate. O’Brien believes that Hillary, who has made campus sexual assault a platform of her campaign, is being hypocritical for not addressing her husband’s history of sexual shenanigans.
“She says that rape victims should be believed. I agree with her, that is true, they should be believed and we should assess what they are saying, she doesn’t even what to access it.”
O’Brien is not the only Republican who believes that Bill Clinton’s past is fair game for Hillary Clinton’s future: GOP front-runner Donald Trump has stated that Bill Clinton’s record against women is “fair game.”
If Hillary thinks she can unleash her husband, with his terrible record of women abuse, while playing the women’s card on me, she’s wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2015
Hillary Clinton’s most likely opponent for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, however, has said that he has no intention of making Bill Clinton’s sexual history a part of the campaign.
Clinton’s Heckler, meanwhile, seems to have made Bill Clinton’s history a part of her political career: as recently as 2007, according to Harvard student newspaper The Crimson, O’Brien was showing up at Hillary events, trying to make Bill Clinton’s escapades a part of the conversation.
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