Danny Williams has long claimed to be the illegitimate son of Bill Clinton, and now the 27-year-old black man from Arkansas is putting new pressure on the former President and his presidential-hopeful wife.
Danny’s mother, a prostitute working in Arkansas in the mid-1980s, claimed that she had sex with Bill Clinton when he was the governor of Arkansas. Though her allegations date back to the 1990s, Danny Williams is now reviving the story in what appears to be a bid for attention and acknowledgement.
The man on the right is Bill Clinton’s Son! pic.twitter.com/ZeCfDZ2uK0
— Bob Parker (@Bobp1169) February 4, 2016
Williams has started a Facebook page as a public figure, seemingly putting pressure on Bill Clinton to acknowledge him as a son.
“My name is Danney Lee Williams, I’m the son of the 42nd President of the United States -Bill Clinton. He abandon me at birth for political gain,” he wrote, apparently using an alternate spelling of his first name.
— Mrs. International (@TheBookOf_A) February 13, 2016
Danny’s mother, Bobbie Ann Williams, had claimed that she was working as a prostitute in 1984 when she met Clinton, who was out for a jog when he reportedly ran by her. Williams said Clinton propositioned her to have sex with him, with two other women involved. She claims that Bill Clinton got her pregnant but never paid any child support for Danny Williams or even acknowledged that he had been born.
The story goes even deeper. Alex Jones, who often espouses conspiracy theories on major events, once hosted guest who claimed that Hillary Clinton was actually pulling the strings and threatened that Danny Williams and Bobbie Ann Williams would be sued if they continued to talk about the case or pursued Bill Clinton.
But the allegations from Danny Williams may have already been settled. The media watchdog Accuracy in Media looked at the story back when it first surfaced in 1999, noting that evidence seemed to go against Danny’s claim.
“In reporting that the DNA test had cleared Clinton, The Washington Post gave none of this background. Referring to it as ‘a love child story,’ it did not reveal that the mother was a black prostitute. It described her claim as ‘utterly bogus’ and ‘slimy.’ That was how the Washington Post justified its never having reported the story. The Post and others rushed to publicize a bogus claim that DNA tests had proven that Thomas Jefferson had fathered a child by a slave. The British journal that first published the claim has now admitted that it was inaccurate, but as Time‘s headline on the Danny story showed, this has not erased the original error from the minds of all journalists.”
But even if there is no truth to the rumor that Bill Clinton fathered Danny Williams, the allegations alone could hurt Hillary Clinton in the general election. Past incidents have shown that voters are often reluctant to cast their ballot with someone who has such a scandal attached.
This was seen in the 2000 Republican primary, when a whisper campaign against Senator John McCain claimed that he had fathered a black child out of wedlock.
While that didn’t turn out to be true, the allegation alone was enough for many voters to be put off. Hillary Clinton is already a very polarizing figure, and adding Bill Clinton’s alleged illegitimate son Danny Williams to the mix would likely make it very difficult for her to run in what is an increasingly tight primary against Bernie Sanders.
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