In the wake of an outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations hitting the world of media and politics, the left is slowly but steadily turning on former President Bill Clinton — and even former Vice President Joe Biden — over their behavior toward women.
The former veep is taking some heat in liberal publications over past claims of inappropriate touching. The allegations against Clinton are far more serious and longstanding — but while Clinton family allies brushed them off during the heated 2016 presidential race, liberal writers and commentators suddenly have gained an appetite for revisiting them.
CLINTON, BIDEN AND POLITICIANS’ ‘WOMEN PROBLEM’
“As gross and cynical and hypocritical as the right’s ‘what about Bill Clinton’ stuff is, it’s also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him,” MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted Friday, touching off a series of columns from typically left-wing outlets.
The shift comes amid an intense focus on sexual assault and harassment, with allegations rocking Hollywood and East Coast media circles — including against producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, comedian Louis C.K., and MSNBC’s Mark Halperin.
The allegations have also hit lawmakers in Washington and state capitals, with the most prominent claims centering on Alabama Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore.
FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, producer Mark Halperin participate in “The Circus of Politics” panel during the Showtime Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Veteran journalist Halperin is apologizing for what he terms “inappropriate” behavior after five women claimed he sexually harassed them while he was a top ABC News executive. The co-author of the best-selling book “Game Change” told CNN Wednesday night, Oct. 25, 2017, that he’s “deeply sorry” and is taking a “step back” from day-to-day work to deal with the situation. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
MSNBC’s Mark Halperin said he was “deeply sorry” amid sexual harassment allegations in October 2017. (AP)
All this scrutiny has revived the question of how Bill Clinton was able to stay in office for two terms, then launch a post-presidential career as one of the highest-paid public speakers and most influential elder statesmen in the world.
Juanita Broaddrick, who has long accused Clinton of rape and spoke out during the 2016 campaign, returned to the spotlight again this week when comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted about the allegations facing Moore.
“Imagine being molested by an older man. Then that man denies ever doing it and then goes on and gets elected to United States senate. What kind of message does that sent to young girls everywhere? And men to all the men who abuse women?” Handler tweeted.
Broaddrick responded: “I can imagine. I was raped by the Arkansas AG who then becomes Governor & President and NBC held my interview explaining the rape until after his impeachment hearing. But I’m sure you don’t want to go there.”
But then something unusual happened. Handler told the Clinton accuser she believes her.
“I’m sorry I’m just seeing this, @atensnut. You are right and I apologize to you for not knowing your story. Democrats along with Republicans and the rest of the worlds’s political parties all need to do better and respect the firsthand accounts of victims. I believe you.”
Broaddrick has alleged that Bill Clinton raped her in April 1977 and that Hillary Clinton intimidated her in an effort to keep her silent. Broaddrick gave an interview to NBC in 1999 but the network did not air her account until Clinton’s impeachment process concluded with an acquittal.
During the 1990s, liberals defended Clinton towards the allegations, and Hillary Clinton famously known as it a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Clinton used to be accused by means of a couple of different women, at the side of Paula Jones, of sexual misconduct.
Juanita Broaddrick accused President Bill Clinton of raping her during the 1970s.
New York Times liberal columnist Michelle Goldberg wrote this week that she additionally believes Broaddrick and that “Democrats are guilty of apologizing for Clinton when they shouldn’t have.”
“It’s fair to conclude that because of Broaddrick’s allegations, Bill Clinton no longer has a place in decent society,” Goldberg wrote.
The New York Times revealed a data tale as neatly on the imaginable double-standard over Clinton, noting that liberals say “it may be time to rethink their defense of the 42nd president.”