Last month, it was the 40th anniversary of the day Juanita Broaddrick was allegedly raped by Bill Clinton, who was the Attorney General of Arkansas at the time. Now, in a televised interview, Clinton has made an absolutely stunning admission about Broaddrick and other women who claim that he assaulted them, too.
Speaking with PBS’ Judy Woodruff, former president Bill Clinton offered what is being called one of “the most amazing Freudian slips of the 21st century.” When asked by Woodruff about former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken leaving the Senate after sexual harassment allegations were made against him, Clinton opined, “I think the norms have really changed in terms of, what you can do to somebody against their will …”
"Norms have changed about what you can do to someone against their will" is a hell of a sentiment https://t.co/wjOwGsxiTo
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 11, 2018
“I assume you think that what happened with you was more serious than what happened with Senator — former Senator Al Franken,” Woodruff started. “He was driven from office, from the U.S. Senate. So, norms have changed. Do you think that’s a good thing?” she asked.
“Well, in general, I think it’s a good thing, yes,” Clinton responded. “I think it’s a good thing that we should all have higher standards. I think the norms have really changed in terms of, what you can do to somebody against their will, how much you can crowd their space, make them miserable at work. You don’t have to physically assault somebody to make them, you know, uncomfortable at work or at home or in their other — just walking around.”
“That, I think, is good. I think that — I will be honest — the Franken case, for me, was a difficult case, a hard case,” Clinton continued. “There may be things I don’t know. But I — maybe I’m just an old-fashioned person, but it seemed to me that there were 29 women on Saturday Night Live that put out a statement for him and that the first and most fantastic story was called, I believe, into question.”
“Too late to wade into it now,” concluded the former president. “I mean, I think it’s a grievous thing to take away from the people a decision they have made, especially when there is an election coming up again. But it’s done now. And I think that all of us should just be focusing on how to do better and how to go forward.”
Indeed, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, and Leslie Millwee are still trying to figure out just how to “go forward” after having been assaulted by Slick Willy:
President Bill Clinton’s decision to lie under oath about his consensual affair with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky almost forced him from the presidency.
But allegations made by four other women that Clinton either sexually assaulted or harassed them have done little to discredit him among his supporters. Clinton has denied all of the allegations against him, including those made by four other women who say they had consensual extramarital relationships with him.
As a national spotlight focuses on sexual assault and harassment following a flood of accusations of misconduct against dozens of prominent men in Hollywood, the media, and politics, Democrats and others on the left are beginning to reexamine their response to the allegations against Clinton.
“Everybody in the mainstream press is calling all of Bill Clinton’s crimes infidelities,” Kathleen Willey, one of the women who has accused Clinton of harassment, told the Fox News host Sean Hannity in October 2016. “Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are not infidelities. They are crimes and they are misdemeanors.” [Source: Business Insider]
Judy Woodruff certainly went straight to the expert with her questions surrounding sexual assault. Bill Clinton is perhaps the most notorious rapist of our time, yet he has never truly been forced to face the music. He may never be judged appropriately in this life, but he will be made to account for his inexcusable behavior in the next life.