It was only 3 days ago that Bill Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick told Laura Ingraham of the Clintons, “I hope they get what’s due to them.” Already there are indications that the chickens are coming home to roost.
In the past week more liberals than ever have finally given up the decades-long charade of claiming to believe sexual assault victims, while still defending serial abuser Bill. Even the liberal New York Times is wondering, ‘What About Bill?’ Sexual Misconduct Debate Revives Questions About Clinton.
The latest example came late last night from left-wing “comedienne” Chelsea Handler. TPI had previously reported on Broaddrick’s response to a Handler tweet over the weekend about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore:
Imagine being molested by an older man. Then that man denies ever doing it and then goes on and gets elected to United States senate. What kind of message does that send to young girls everywhere? And men to all the men who abuse women?
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 12, 2017
Yeah, @chelseahandler I can imagine. I was raped by the Arkansas AG who then becomes Governor & President and NBC held my interview explaining the rape until after his impeachment hearing. But I’m sure you don’t want to go there. https://t.co/s9W8NZsaZ3
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) November 13, 2017
To my complete and utter shock, Handler replied days later apologizing and telling Broaddrick that she believed her!
I’m sorry I’m just seeing this, @atensnut. You are right and I apologize to you for not knowing your story. Democrats along with Republicans and the rest of the worlds’s political parties all need to do better and respect the firsthand accounts of victims. I believe you. https://t.co/VDIFmCvg7g
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 16, 2017
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Broaddrick responded with a simple, “Thank you.” She was probably astounded as well, but it must mean so much to her that she is finally starting to be believed.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) November 16, 2017
Here are 5 other liberals who have changed their tune on Bill Clinton in the past week.
Chris Hayes, MSNBC
Hayes seemed to get the ball rolling on Friday in making liberals stop and seriously reconsider Bill in light of what’s happened.
Read this account, in light of all we’ve been hearing and reading this last month, and ask yourself if it’s credible. https://t.co/8jymWjFpiF
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 10, 2017
Does this sound familiar? pic.twitter.com/eCby6bxsGS
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 10, 2017
Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic
— Caitlin Flanagan (@CaitlinPacific) November 13, 2017
Flanagan echoed Hayes’ call for a “reckoning:”
The Democratic Party needs to make its own reckoning of the way it protected Bill Clinton. The party needs to come to terms with the fact that it was so enraptured by their brilliant, Big Dog president and his stunning string of progressive accomplishments that it abandoned some of its central principles. The party was on the wrong side of history, and there are consequences for that. Yet expedience is not the only reason to make this public accounting. If it is possible for politics and moral behavior to coexist, then this grave wrong needs to be acknowledged. If Weinstein and Mark Halperin and Louis C. K. and all the rest can be held accountable, so can our former president and so can his party, which so many Americans so desperately need to rise again.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times
— Michelle Goldberg (@michelleinbklyn) November 14, 2017
Goldberg spent the majority of her op-ed making excuses and blaming conservatives for Bill’s victims not being believed, while still saying she believed Broaddrick:
It’s fair to conclude that because of Broaddrick’s allegations, Bill Clinton no longer has a place in decent society. But we should remember that it’s not simply partisan tribalism that led liberals to doubt her. Discerning what might be true in a blizzard of lies isn’t easy, and the people who spread those lies don’t get to claim the moral high ground. We should err on the side of believing women, but sometimes, that belief will be used against us.
Matthew Yglesias, Vox
We debated the wrong Monica Lewinsky scandal.
It should have brought Bill Clinton down. https://t.co/KNloKzVZYg
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 15, 2017
Yglesias didn’t want to talk about Bill’s assaults, but he finally got the perspective needed to admit how wrong the president’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky was:
What [Republicans] should have argued was something simpler: A president who uses the power of the Oval Office to seduce a 20-something subordinate is morally bankrupt and contributing, in a meaningful way, to a serious social problem that disadvantages millions of women throughout their lives. …
But looking back through today’s lens, this whole argument was miscast. The wrongdoing at issue was never just a private matter for the Clinton family; it was a high-profile exemplar of a widespread social problem: men’s abuse of workplace power for sexual gain. It was and is a striking example of a genre of misconduct that society has a strong interest in stamping out. That alone should have been enough to have pressured Clinton out of office.
David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy
Rothkopf expressed remorse and apologized to Monica, which she accepted. No apologies for Bill’s other victims, though.
thank you, david.
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) November 15, 2017
Why are these liberals admitting this now, after decades of denial, instead of last year when it could have meant something? Because now it is politically convenient. The vaunted Clinton Machine suffered two humiliated electoral upsets in a row, there will be no third chance. Bill and Hillary are done in politics and can now safely be thrown under the bus.
I join Broaddrick in hoping they get what’s due to them, because this doesn’t even scratch the surface.
What do you think: Are liberals being sincere in distancing themselves from Bill Clinton or is it political expediency? Tell us in the comments below!
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