Trump’s Hypocrisy

Several women have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. The four most well-known are Juanita Broaddrick in 1978 (rape), Leslie Millwee in 1980 (sexual assault), Paula Jones in 1991 (exposing himself and sexually harassment), and Kathleen Willey in 1993 (nonconsensual groping).

The Broaddrick case is disturbing: “Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip. He starts to bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. And then he forces me down on the bed. And I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen, but he wouldn’t listen to me.” This lip biting is described by other women. It’s part of his MO, a signature move.

Broaddrick continues: “It was a real panicky, panicky situation. I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to ‘Please stop.’ And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip.” Clinton then raped her. “When everything was over with, he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses. And before he goes out the door he says ‘You better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.” Broaddrick emphasizes, “It was not consensual.” Broaddrick has a witness to her injuries. 

President Trump took these accusations seriously during the 2016 campaign even though the accusations surfaced some time after they happened, in some instances several years after. For example, Broaddrick was extremely reluctant to come forward, even denying the rape occurred before finally relenting and describing the crime in 1999. Now Trump is saying that a legitimate claim of sexual assault should come with a contemporaneous police report. Does he intend to apologize for citing the claims of these women as a reason for voting against Hillary Clinton in 2016? 

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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