Why Do Bill and Hillary Clinton Still Get a Pass?
Donald Trump's ex-wife, Ivana, recently denied a 30-year-old allegation that Donald Trump raped her. The allegation, according to the New York Daily News, stems from the book "The Last Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump" by Harry Hurt III.
The News wrote: "Hurt's 1993 book ... cited a divorce deposition, in which Ivana Trump claimed her then-husband sexually attacked her. ... In a rage, Trump allegedly tore out clumps of his wife's hair, the book claimed, and ripped off her clothes and assaulted her. 'According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, 'he raped me.' ...
"Ivana Trump herself, in a statement that ended up on the first page of the book, admitted to there having been an ugly night between herself and Trump in 1989, but said she hadn't used the word 'rape' in her deposition literally."
Ivana Trump now says, "The story is totally without merit." She also publically supports her ex for president, describing herself and Trump as "the best of friends," adding, "He would make an incredible president."
Meanwhile, the cover of the current issue of New York Magazine shows pictures of 35 women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape, attempted rape or sexual abuse. In a recently unsealed deposition in relation to a lawsuit filed against Cosby by another alleged rape victim, Cosby admits giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.
This raises a question: Why does Bill Clinton continue to get a pass? Clinton was, after all, accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick. Broaddrick, on "Dateline NBC," claimed that Clinton, then-Arkansas attorney general and gubernatorial candidate, raped her: "I first pushed him away. I just told him 'no.' ... He tries to kiss me again. He starts biting on my lip. ... And then he forced me down on the bed. I just was very frightened. I tried to get away from him. I told him 'no.' ... He wouldn't listen to me."
She further alleges that Hillary Clinton, shortly after the alleged rape, verbally intimidated her, implying that Broaddrick better keep her mouth shut — or else. At a political event two weeks later, Broaddrick claims that Hillary approached her: "She came over to me, took ahold of my hand and said, 'I've heard so much about you and I've been dying to meet you. ... I just want you to know how much that Bill and I appreciate what you do for him.' ...
"This woman, this little, soft-spoken — pardon me for the phrase — dowdy woman that would seem very unassertive, took ahold of my hand and squeezed it and said, 'Do you understand? Everything that you do.' I could have passed out at that moment and I got my hand from hers and I left.
The late British left-wing writer Christopher Hitchens, in "No One Left to Lie To," claimed that three women have made "plausible" allegations of rape by Bill Clinton. He gave no further details — and the media have been relentlessly indifferent.
This double standard reached its nadir when Kathleen Willey, a former campaign aide, described on "60 Minutes" an alleged sexual battery committed by Clinton in the Oval Office. Willey, a Clinton campaign volunteer, says that Clinton took her hand and placed it on his aroused genitalia: "He touched my breasts with his hand ... and then he whispered ... 'I've wanted to do this ever since I laid eyes on you.' ... He took my hand, and he put it ... on his genitals." Willey said she managed to push him away.
Feminist Gloria Steinem, right after Willey's appearance, wrote a piece for The New York Times. Clinton, she said, did nothing wrong . "Even if (Willey's) accusation are true," Steinem wrote, Clinton is "not guilty of sexual harassment." Why? Well, Steinem wrote, "(Willey) pushed him away, she said, and it never happened again. In other words, President Clinton took 'no' for an answer."
The late Barbara Olson, in "Hell To Pay," describes Hillary Clinton as the ringleader behind the "nuts or sluts" strategy employed to malign the various women who alleged having had an affair with Bill. Hitchens' book makes a similar claim.
But as to Broaddrick's allegation, apparently only one national reporter, Sam Donaldson, ever asked Bill Clinton about the charge. To Donaldson's question, Clinton said, in effect, talk to my lawyer. As to Hillary, it does not appear that a reporter has ever asked her about Broaddrick's allegation.
Bill Cosby is not an ex-president, and his wife is not running to become president. Donald Trump wants the job. Bill Clinton used to be president. His wife wants the job.
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