The Bill Clinton rape allegation first alleged in 1999 and then reaffirmed Wednesday by Juanita Broaddrick on Twitter supposedly may result in more women coming forward with accusations about the ex-president.
“I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General, raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73…it never goes away,” Broaddrick tweeted. She alleged that the non-consensual incident occurred in a Little Rock hotel room circa 1978 when Bill was running for governor.
Broaddrick, a.k.a. Jane Doe No. 5, was a reluctant witness in Ken Starr’s investigation that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1999 following the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
NBC News Dateline reporter Lisa Myers covered the Juanita Broddrick rape claim in a February 1999 broadcast, but most media outlets never followed up in any significant way.
Bill Clinton’s alleged philandering as an Arkansas politician and U.S. president has been dredged up after Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused her GOP counterpart Donald Trump of sexism, at which point the brash New York businessman fired back, accusing her husband, who is now on the campaign trail, of “women abuse,” among other things.
One of the cornerstones of Hillary Clinton’s campaign is that she is a feminist champion/defender of women’s rights.
Political pundit and former Trump aide Roger Stone, who is currently hawking a book called The Clintons’ War on Women, declared on Sean Hannity’s radio program (see clip below) this week that it is “very probable” that more previously unidentified victims might be going public.
“I identified 24 women who’ve been assaulted by Bill Clinton. Now some of these women are still terrified. Some of them have had IRS audits. Some of them have had their families threatened. But others have come forward…Not all of them because some of them are still terrified, their families have been threatened, their lives have been threatened.”
Stone also drew a distinction between consensual affairs and unwanted advances by the ex-president.
“We’re talking about assaults. I don’t want to get out ahead of myself but I think as Broaddrick, and [Kathleen] Willey, and [Paula] Jones speak out, other women are encouraged who have been assaulted, who have been threatened by Hillary are encouraged by the courage of those three women.”
Kathleen Willey — who claims she was groped by then-President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office — has questioned Hillary Clinton’s feminist credentials by insisting that the candidate has enabled her husband’s behavior and allegedly attempted to intimidate any female who came forward or might come forward with allegations about her husband.
While no fan of Donald Trump or Republicans in general, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus recently admitted that the former Celebrity Apprentice star is raising a legitimate issue.
“Donald Trump is crude and vulgar. He’s every -ist in the book: racist, sexist, narcissist, for starters….But he has a point about Clinton playing the ‘woman’s card,’ and about the male behavior that’s more concerning: her husband’s…Sexism isn’t the precise word for his predatory behavior toward women or his inexcusable relationship with a 22-year-old intern. Yet in the larger scheme of things, Bill Clinton’s conduct toward women is far worse than any of the multiple offensive things that Trump has said. Trump has smeared women because of their looks. Clinton has preyed on them, and in a workplace setting where he was by far the superior. That is uncomfortable for Clinton supporters but it is unavoidably true.”
Former Clinton administration official Kirsten Powers offered a similar observation in a column for USA TODAY that also discussed the sexual assault accusations leveled against Bill Cosby.
“Much has changed since Bill and Hillary Clinton were swept into the White House amidst sordid tales about the Arkansas governor’s extra-marital sex life. Back then, a senior campaign aide on a Democratic campaign… could utter the phrase ‘bimbo eruptions’ to demean women claiming to have had an affair with Bill Clinton. Today, such utterances would be rightly deemed unequivocally sexist…
“The pendulum has swung, and we are moving toward a presumption that women are telling the truth regarding claims of unwanted sexual advances. So much so, that Hillary Clinton recently tweeted, ‘Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.’ If true, then presumably that would apply to Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey, who have accused her husband of sexual assault and perhaps even Paula Jones who claims Bill Clinton touched her without her consent…We are a society that has a blessedly lower tolerance for sexual assault and harassment than in prior years. This is good news for America, but bad news for the Clintons. History has caught up with them at the worst possible moment.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, audio tape recordings from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville archives surfaced in June 2014 which seem to depict Hillary Clinton as a young lawyer bragging and laughing about getting one of the allegedly guilty suspects in the 1975 rape of a 12-year-old girl a reduced jail sentence on a lesser charge — in part by discrediting if not blaming the victim for being supposedly emotionally unstable as well as trying to undermine the evidence against her client.
Do you think Bill Clinton’s past — such as the Juanita Broaddrick rape allegation and perhaps similar accusations that may or may not emerge — should or will have any impact on the Hillary Clinton campaign for president in election 2016?
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