Glass ceilings, indeed. Wasn’t Hillary Clinton’s entire expressed raison d’être based on her pledge to elevate women so that they didn’t have to get exploited like this? Her Wokeness might have a tough time explaining this away:
A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young subordinate was kept on the campaign at Mrs. Clinton’s request, according to four people familiar with what took place.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job.
Mr. Strider, who was Mrs. Clinton’s faith adviser, a co-founder of the American Values Network, and sent the candidate scripture readings every morning for months during the campaign, was hired five years later to lead an independent group that supported Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 candidacy, Correct the Record, which was created by a close Clinton ally, David Brock.
Guess what happened at CTR? Strider got canned several months later … for the same behavior he exhibited at the Clinton campaign.
Did Hillary and her team warn Brock about Strider’s past behavior? And why haven’t we heard about this before? In part, because Hillary Clinton apparently believes in the value of a good NDA:
The woman who made the accusation against Mr. Strider in 2008 has not spoken publicly about it. She, like most campaign staffers, signed a nondisclosure agreement that barred employees from publicly discussing internal dynamics on the campaign, according to two people with direct knowledge of the contract. Reached by a reporter, she declined to comment.
It’s a good bet that no one told CTR or Brock about Strider’s past misbehavior on the job, although if they did, the onus would certainly shift in part to Brock. The pairing seemed odd at the time though, Mother Jones reported in 2014, putting together a religious adviser with a hardnosed attack dog. Paul Begala hailed CTR’s creation, but described the scene in terms he might want to forget after this story:
As he picked at his beet and greens salad, Strider told me how he’d ditched eating animal products in 2010 at the behest of the then-secretary of state. “You’ve got to think about your two boys,” she told Strider, who had worked as her senior adviser on faith outreach during the 2008 campaign. That night he got a call from Bill Clinton, who extolled the virtues of his new animal-free diet: “If I can do it, you can.” A few days later Strider received a box of herbivore-themed books and handwritten recipes jotted down by the former president.
The contemplative 48-year-old vegan, who manages Correct the Record’s day-to-day operations, says he has no qualms about his new role in the blood sport of presidential politics. Yet his boss is an even more unlikely figure: David Brock, the former Clinton nemesis and ringleader of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that Hillary Clinton decried in 1998. …
Correct the Record’s staff (18 and counting) is crammed into a newsroom-style bullpen in the back corner of the offices of American Bridge 21st Century, Brock’s super-PAC. “They’re always there; they’re working around the clock,” former Clinton White House adviser Paul Begala says of the crew. “I always tease David that he finds all of these nerd virgins and locks them away in a vault where they never see sunlight or have a drink or get laid. But God bless them!”
Perhaps Strider was trying to correct that issue?
The New York Times reports that Strider didn’t last more than a few months. However, Strider claimed in 2016 that he and Hillary exchanged e-mails daily, which would have been long after he was fired from CTR. CBN’s David Brody interviewed Strider from the Democratic National Convention in 2016 about their close relationship, part of Hillary’s attempts to show her religious faith and foundation. Jump to the 10-minute mark in this video below:
So, despite the fact that they’d had to discipline Strider in her first campaign for sexual harassment, and despite the fact that he got pushed out by Brock (if the NYT is correct) for the same thing, Hillary had no problem using Strider to make the case for her … principles.
Perhaps the women who found her defeat so offensive to the progress of women might want to reconsider their hero worship. Of course, given her role in enabling Bill Clinton and attacking his victims, they should have reconsidered that a long time before this. She was married to Bill, but she didn’t have to remain politically married to Strider.