Donald Trump has become more vocal about Bill Clinton’s sex scandals and has brazenly chastised Hillary for enabling Bill’s behavior, affirming that he is “fair game” on the campaign trail. One of his most recent jabs was a video of Bill Clinton’s accusers juxtaposed with the former president and the White House.
This was not the first time Trump fired shots across the campaign bow toward the Clintons. In early 2016 he said the same thing after he was called out by Hillary for making supposedly sexist comments on her 2008 bid for president, stating she got “schlonged” in the primaries. Hillary’s rival, Bernie Sanders, called her and Bill’s pasts a “non-issue” (keep that in the back of your mind for now). The Sunday political talk shows did not seem to think so, however. They did not just talk about the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal; they also talked about sexual assault allegations several women made against Bill while he was president.
Trump emerged from the news cycle unscathed. While reporters and talking heads tried to figure out what Trump meant by “schlonged,” the issue of Trump’s supposed sexism virtually evaporated in a matter of days, much to the chagrin of the same network pundits who wanted a sex politics cage match between Hillary and Trump.
Now they may have that chance.
Speaking on the Clintons in 2007 while running for the presidency, John Edwards stated: “The trouble with nostalgia is that you tend to remember what you liked and forget what you didn’t.” One can argue the nostalgia of the Clintons could be attributed to the end of the Cold War, the onset of the Internet, and the myth of the Clinton surplus. Naturally, the Lewinsky scandal was a black mark on Bill Clinton’s public career. While part of the issue was he committed adultery with a White House intern, another major aspect of the scandal that many Clinton surrogates gloss over is that he lied under oath about it. He even insisted to the United States of America on national television that he “did not have sexual relations” with Lewinsky.
Keep in mind that the Clintons went so far to discredit her. Contradicting sworn Senate testimony, Sydney Blumenthal, a top Clinton aide, stated that Lewinsky had obsessively stalked President Clinton.
Sydney Blumenthal? That name is familiar.
Anyway, at the time there were questions about other instances of misconduct Bill Clinton allegedly committed toward other women; misconduct involving unsolicited encounters that happened prior to and during his presidency. Unfortunately, between the mainstream media and the Clintons, their voices would not be heard far and wide. One can certainly argue the Clintons share a zeal for power. The “Clinton Political Machine” isn’t named as such for nothing. If maintaining that power means silencing Bill Clinton’s accusers, many would not put it past either Bill or Hillary.
Let’s Go Back to 1992
Let’s wind the clock back to 1992. During the presidential elections, the Clintons were interviewed on “60 Minutes” regarding Bill’s then-affair with model and actress Gennifer Flowers. In the interview, Hillary famously stated, “I’m not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette. I’m sitting here because I love him and I respect him.” Bill Clinton would later admit under oath in 1998 that Flowers was his mistress and that an affair did in fact occur.
So why is this 1992 interview important? It speaks to what you’re about to read next. While there were several instances of alleged sexual assault on multiple women by Bill Clinton, I want to talk about one of those instances. Even though his accusers allege they have been subjected to harassment and intimidation by Hillary Clinton, this instance in particular has a rather disturbing backstory involving the then-first lady.
Kathleen Willey was a Clinton supporter and White House volunteer who alleges that President Clinton sexually assaulted her in his study in 1993. A loyal Democrat, Willey states she knew about the rumors concerning the president and his womanizing but did not allow herself to believe they were true. Before she was to set to testify in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, Willey claims she was a victim of intimidation and harassment by private investigators. Pets would go missing, including a cat that wound up dead on her property. Her car was broken into and her home was vandalized. She states she was in fear for her life, and still is to this day.
So can this story be corroborated? Dick Morris, a former Clinton aide, claims he left the White House once he learned about Hillary hiring private investigators to go after the women accusing the president of sexual improprieties. An eyewitness backs up Morris’s claims. Jared Stern, a former intelligence operative and Marine, told congressional investigators he was hired by the Hillary (via proxy) to “investigate” Willey.
While the details of that particular “investigation” are unknown, Stern states he was so uncomfortable with what he was tasked to do that he contacted Willey anonymously and informed her that there were people out to get her. In the documentary “Hillary Clinton: the Movie,” Stern asserts that what happened with Willey was not an anomaly: “That M.O. can be seen throughout the Clinton’s political lives; it is consistent.”
By the way, does any of this sound like something out of “House of Cards?”
The Rape Scandal the Media Won’t Talk About
You are not going to see any sort of substantive articles from The Daily Kos, Jezebel, or any of the other left-leaning mainstream media so much as touch this issue from the perspective of the fight against rape culture. I’m pessimistic that Barack Obama, Sanders, and many other liberal politicians who claim to stand for women will speak out. As Hillary supporter Madeleine Albright boldly stated, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”
Don’t even expect to hear about it from left-wing darling Jon Oliver on “Last Week Tonight.” You won’t even hear it from Hollywood celebrities like Lady Gaga, who recently endorsed Hillary via Twitter. The mainstream media will gladly talk about the “Republican War on Women” but you will never, ever hear them talk about the women who allege being raped by Bill Clinton and harassed by his wife.
They will all talk about that mythical surplus, however. But that’s neither here nor there. I say shame on her surrogates for supporting a person who enabled Bill Clinton’s behavior. And shame on them for claiming to champion women’s rights with straight faces.
Regardless of what you may think about Trump, bringing up the Clintons’ past is a masterful move as November gets closer and closer. The more he discusses it, the more the media will likely talk about it, since they already hang on his every word. I hope Hillary will be pushed into a corner sooner or later on this issue, because the myth that someone like her is somehow the champion of American women is just that—a myth.