Many say it’s unfair for anyone to bring President Bill Clinton’s sex scandals into his wife’s presidential campaign. Are they right? The Factual Feminist explores the evidence.
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Many say it’s unfair and unseemly for anyone to bring President Bill Clinton’s sex scandals into his wife’s presidential campaign. Are they right? Let’s review the facts. That’s coming up next on the Factual Feminist. During Mr. Clinton’s presidency, three women came forward accusing him of sexual assault. Senior White House officials—certainly with the approval of the President and First Lady—worked aggressively to undermine the character and credibility of the accusers. The three charges of assault were never resolved.
The Clinton scandals are back in the news partly because Donald Trump called Mr. Clinton “one of the great woman abusers of all time” and Mrs. Clinton her husband’s “enabler.” But there is another reason we are discussing Mr. Clinton’s past: One of the President’s accusers, Juanita Broaddrick, sent out this tweet on January 6 : “I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73 … it never goes away.” Articles have now appeared in two left-of-center websites—Vox and Slate— noting that it is hard to dismiss Ms. Broaddrick given the new progressive consensus on believing victims. The injunction to believe victims gained currency among progressives because of a potent mix of gender theory and advocacy statistics. The theory came from legal scholar Catherine MacKinnon who taught that “feminism is built on believing women’s accounts of sexual use and abuse by men.” The statistics were supplied by activist researchers who claimed that women almost never lie about sexual assault. Those activist statistics have been shredded —but among progressives the doctrine of sexual victim infallibility lived on. But if victims are infallible, then those they accuse must be presumed guilty. Which brings us back to the Clinton scandals.
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