Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Abuse allegations have revived scrutiny of Bill Clinton - and divided Democrats

Abuse allegations have revived scrutiny of Bill Clinton - and divided Democrats

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York made waves the day before Brzezinski's comments for saying in an interview with the New York Times that it would have been "the appropriate response" for Clinton to have stepped down as soon as his relationship with Lewinsky went public in 1998.

When asked by The New York Times if Clinton, who stayed in office after his relationship with the former intern was revealed, should have resigned, Gillibrand said "yes".

"Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction", she said. Here we have a leading potential 2020 contender raising the issue of whether a popular former president should have resigned in the face of sexual misconduct allegations. Gillibrand has strong ties with the Clintons and was a strong supporter of Hillary's presidential campaign past year. Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons' endorsements, money, and seat. While many on the left spent years either ignoring or downplaying his misconduct, now that Clinton is out of office and Hillary lost her bid for the White House, many on the left are now declaring that his conduct was, in fact, wrong. Hypocrite. Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries.

There are certainly some Democrats who lionized Clinton as a human being, and a somewhat larger number who do so today.

Her adversaries on the right, however, saw her as her husband's enabler and shield. You can feel it happening over the past weeks as women come forward with stories of the way men treated them, from Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore to Al Franken and George H.W. Bush. "But would you say that about Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and/or Paula Jones?"

Two of Bill Clinton's accusers, Juanita Broaddrick and Paula Jones, respond to Hillary Clinton's claims that they are "misremembering" their assaults. "Every situation has to be judged on its own merit", she said. "I just know what he stands for, so I'm going to vote for him.' Isn't that kind of the same answer you are giving me about Clinton?"

Late in the 2016 campaign, as Trump was trying to contain the damage from his own crude and boastful comments about assaulting women, which were picked up on a hot microphone during the taping of an episode of Access Hollywood, he brought three of Bill Clinton's accusers - Jones, Broaddrick and Willey - to his second presidential debate against the former first lady. "And we have to listen without being defensive", Ireland said.

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