Personally I’d much rather be discussing Hillary Clinton’s email server and all of the goodies which have rolled out of the contents therein or the response to Benghazi, her lack of any identifiable accomplishments or her numerous flip-flops on every topic under the sun, but I have a feeling that we’re going to be hearing a lot more about this as the year rolls onward. At a town hall in New Hampshire this week, yet another person took exception with Clinton’s supposed support of women and the “rape epidemic” on America’s campuses, bringing up her husband’s various relationships (for lack of a better word appropriate for polite company) in the past. Demonstrating the sort of anger and lack of grace we’ve come to expect from the former Secretary of State on the campaign trail, her response was rather blunt to say the least. (Washington Post)
One day before former president Bill Clinton arrives in New Hampshire to campaign for his wife, Hillary Clinton, she was confronted with questions about allegations involving his sexual history at a town hall meeting in the state on Sunday.
State Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien (R) repeatedly interrupted Clinton during the meeting, which was held in a middle school gymnasium.
Prudhomme-O’Brien has for years followed the former first lady, peppering her with questions about allegations of past sexual misconduct by Bill Clinton. The state lawmaker’s outbursts startled an otherwise friendly and even-tempered town hall audience. It is unclear whether Clinton was able to hear her comments.
After Prudhomme-O’Brien’s third interruption, Clinton responded angrily: “You are very rude, and I’m not ever going to call on you.”
Right off the bat we should note that when you see a “supporter” of a candidate at one of these rallies who busts out a question which is noticeably unsupportive, you can pretty much assume that they’re a plant from an opponent or the other party. When I first saw this story being reported, the questioner was only described as “a rape survivor” but it was quickly pointed out that Prudhomme-O’Brien is a GOP state representative. To be clear, she is also an actual rape survivor and comes to this particular policy question with some relatively unassailable bona fides, but we can’t ignore the party affiliation. The same goes for Trump rallies or gatherings for Cruz or Christie. Those hecklers are rarely just concerned citizens with questions. They are activists with an agenda and frequently supporters of someone else, looking to stir up trouble.
At the moment, though, I’m a bit more interested in the relevance of the question, which we’ve approached here before. Is Bill’s rather colorful history relevant to the political ambitions of his wife? (Listening to CNN cover the story this morning, I see that the media has settled on “past indiscretions” as the way to describe it.) As a matter of personal responsibility, the first answer is no. Hillary wasn’t the one out there chasing skirt so Bill has to own that. To a lesser degree, even the fact that she chose to “stand by her man” isn’t an immediate disqualifier. Blood is thicker than water and people do all sorts of things they might not otherwise consider when defending their family. (I’m pretty sure her aide Huma Abedin is still keeping company with Carlos Danger.) And in the past, Hillary has gone so far as to describe her husband as a hard dog to keep on the porch.
But when Hillary jumps on board with the idea that rape victims need to be initially believed by default in an effort to win support from the SJW crowd, now we’re into some uncharted waters. She certainly didn’t express any default acceptance of claims made by Juanita Broaddrick and others in years gone by. Nor did she seem to express much sympathy for Monica Lewinski, who never claimed to be raped but certainly made the case that she was a star-struck young girl who was taken advantage of by one of the world’s most powerful men. With all of that in mind, there are clearly issues of hypocrisy bubbling to the surface and Hillary Clinton should get used to hearing about them this year if she wants to fly the Epidemic of Rape flag on the campaign trail.