In recent weeks, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart, billionaire businessman Donald Trump, had a brief exchange of words regarding which one of them would be a bigger champion of women.
In November, as reported by The Daily Caller, the same night that CNN aired what many panned as a deeply flawed documentary about rape on college campuses, Clinton tweeted out in solidarity with the alleged victims.
But the response she received was likely not what she had planned.
Her original tweet went this way: “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.”
A link in her tweet went to one of her campaign websites, which begins with the following quote from a speech she gave in September: “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you.”
The twitterverse exploded with reminders about just how much of an enabler she was for her sexual predator husband, becoming his number one defender against detractors when he was president.
“Cough * Juanita Broaddrick* cough,” tweeted one person, a reference to Ms Broaddrick’s claims that Bill Clinton raped her some years ago when he was governor of Arkansas.
“Except for those who survived your husband?” tweeted another.
“What do you think the over/under is on the number of women your husband raped?” tweeted still another.
And so on.
The next month, Clinton narrowed her focus and took a shot at Trump for statements he had made in the past about women that she found derogatory. In December, during a campaign speech, Trump said that Hillary got “schlonged” by Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign; her campaign responded with charges of Trump having “a penchant for sexism.”
“Hillary, when you complain about ‘a penchant for sexism,’ who are you referring to. I have great respect for women. BE CAREFUL!” he tweeted.
Everyone understood to whom Trump was referring – Bill Clinton and, of course, Hillary’s defense of him.
Ed Klein, author of “UNLIKEABLE: The Problem With Hillary,” went further in an interview with Breitbart News Daily on Sirius/XM radio in early January. He shed additional light on Hillary’s attempts to discredit women who claimed her husband had preyed on them.
“Hillary is always in trouble…she’s rolled out Bill Clinton, which she had no intention of doing,” Klein said in an interview with host Alex Marlow. He continued, explaining that she was planning to reserve her husband for after she had won the nomination, but decided to bring him out early because of tightening races in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the early caucuses.
“That in turn, rolled out all our memories and all the stories about abuse of women that goes all the way back to not just the White House, but to Arkansas in the 1970s,” Klein said.
“This is all news to them,” Klein went on to say, referencing young voters who are now learning about Bill Clinton’s abuse of women for the first time.
‘History is important’
Klein noted that in his 1996 book, The Truth About Hillary, he gave details about how she was “intrinsically part of the effort to discredit these women and threaten these women.”
Calling her “part of the rape culture” she supposedly despises, Klein said many young millennial voters living in a far different social climate today are “going to be shocked by a lot of this stuff,” specifically referencing Bill Clinton’s “bimbo eruptions,” that Hillary Clinton and a team of aides worked constantly to discredit and tamp down while he was president.
Marlow noted that today’s cultural more is to never blame the victim, but that wasn’t what Hillary did in the 1990s and before. “Hillary was stand by your man, don’t take the victim seriously,” he added.
“History is important and we have a history of the Clintons back in the 1990s in which the White House was scandal central. It will happen again if the Clintons are back in the White House,” Klein warned, adding that some people have said even Obama believes that, and has said so to close friends.