“Not only did people look the other way, but they went after the women who came forward and accused him,” says Kathleen Sebelius, the former secretary of Health and Human Services and Kansas governor.
With these words, we turn down another road for Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Recent sexual assault accusations have opened Pandora’s box for the former President and his twice failed presidential candidate wife, Hillary. The result of all the sexual misconduct discussions may have undermined the dam holding back stories about sexual harassment and assault allegations against Bill Clinton.
As a wave of stories unfold about sexual harassment and assault by men in power, Sebelius says her party should reflect on how it handled such charges when they were leveled against former President Bill Clinton.
“And so it doubled down on not only bad behavior but abusive behavior. And then people attacked the victims,” she said.
The comments came during a conversation with David Axelrod on the latest episode of “The Axe Files,” a podcast produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.
Sebelius extended her criticism to Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton White House for what she called a strategy of dismissing and besmirching the women who stepped forward—a pattern she said is being repeated today by alleged perpetrators of sexual assault—saying that the criticism of the former first lady and Secretary of State was “absolutely” fair. Sebelius noted that the Clinton Administration’s response was being imitated, adding that “You can watch that same pattern repeat. It needs to end. It needs to be over.”
“It breaks my heart is to know that here we are 40 years later, and very much the same atmosphere prevails,” she said.
Sebelius is not the only one to throw Bill Clinton under the bus. During this 25th anniversary of the year Mr. Clinton was elected to the presidency, various Democratic women leaders and pundits have declared him a very bad man, and say he should have resigned after the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Bill Clinton’s rape victim said this week, “Hell has frozen over!”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday became the latest liberal luminary to scurry away from Bill Clinton some 20 years too late.
“If it happened today there would have been a very different reaction,” said the mayor in reference to the White House sex scandal involving Mr. Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. “I don’t think you can rework history. I think if it happened today—if any president did that today—they would have to resign.”
Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat senator from New York, told The New York Times that, “Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction.”
Others are forcefully pushing back in his defense.
Presented with ‘The Bill Question’ on MSNBC, Democratic Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono wasn’t too excited about dwelling on the past.
“Do you agree with your colleague, Senator [Kirsten] Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) that if this happened today with Bill Clinton, with his accusers, that he should have resigned back then?” Tur asked.
“Well the whole question of resignation, once again, in my view, he went through an impeachment process as a result of his actions,” Hirono replied.
“I certainly do not defend his indefensible actions. But let’s move forward,” Hirono continued.
“You know, talking about Bill Clinton should not be a shield to the rest of us talking about what we are going to do about this going forward.”
She went on to say that people should focus on how we are going to “change our culture” with regards to sexual harassment.
What really matters is how we deal with with sexual harassment and misconduct today, you see. Forget about accountability; the past is the past.
We now realize the legacy of the Democrats from the Bill Clinton era for their own base is this:
Liberal men can do as they please. They can abuse women, because the good policy implemented by our predators helps so many. Predators learned if you signal your feminism strongly enough, at the very least women in your realm will be silent, and they may actually defend you. Just ask Hillary and Bill.
My good friend Zachary said it best:
There’s a strong argument that the reason why all of these terrible cases of sexual abuse of women have occurred since the 1990s is that the Democrats and their allies basically said it was okay when Clinton did it. That opened the floodgates for all these other men to do it, and it suppressed the victims from speaking out, knowing they’d be further victimized as Clinton’s victims were. The democrats and media bear a heavy burden of responsibility for a culture of sexual abuse of women because of the idol worship of the Clintons.
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