In a recent interview with BBC News, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she was “shocked and appalled” by the details of the recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
“I really commend the women who have been willing to step forward,” Clinton said of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers. However, the former first lady also said she does not regret dismissing the women who have accused her husband, former President Bill Clinton, of sexual misconduct, because “that was clearly in the past.”
Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broaddrick have all accused former President Clinton of sexual assault or rape. President Trump invited Clinton’s accusers to the second presidential debate against Hillary Clinton.
Broaddrick, who has accused the former president of raping her in the late 1970s, said she felt compelled to come forward after Hillary Clinton tweeted something she considered highly offensive, according to National Review.
“Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported,” Hillary Clinton tweeted during the 2016 presidential election.
Broaddrick, however, doubts Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric, and claims the former first lady attempted to silence her after she first came forward in 1999. “I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me,” Broaddrick tweeted. “I am now 73. . . . it never goes away.”
Yet, in her latest interview with BBC’s Andrew Marr, Clinton said she does not regret targeting the women who have accused her husband of sexual assault.
“That has all been litigated,” Clinton said about the accusations against her husband. “That was subject of a huge investigation in the late ’90s and there were conclusions drawn. That was clearly in the past.” She then quickly changed the topic to President Trump.
Hillary Clinton referred to a 2005 Access Hollywood tape that was leaked during the heat of the 2016 presidential election. In the tape, you can hear then-citizen Donald Trump engaging in what he describes as “locker room talk” with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. In the tape, he can be heard claiming that women let him “do anything” because he is famous, as reported by Fox News.
Commenting on the Weinstein matter, Hillary dismissed the women who have accused her husband, former President Bill Clinton, of sexual misconduct, because “that was clearly in the past.” So misconduct in the past is OK?
“The really sad part of the campaign was how this horrific tape, what he said about women in the past, what he said about women during the campaign, was discounted by a lot of voters,” Hillary Clinton said during her interview.
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway thinks Clinton’s actions speak louder than her words. “She needs to not be a hypocrite about women’s empowerment and what it means to be pro-woman,” Conway explained. “She is on a book tour talking about herself and a campaign she lost—not talking about women’s empowerment, she’s not trying to help victims of sexual assault.”
Conway also chastised the failed presidential candidate for waiting over five days to respond to the allegations of sexual assault levied against Weinstein. “I felt like a woman who ran to be commander-in-chief and president of the United States, who talks about women’s empowerment, took an awfully long time to give support to these women.”