by Leigh Bravo 1/15/16
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” This comment remains one of the most infamous and well-known statements made by then president, Bill Clinton. Well, it turned out that Bill Clinton did, in fact, have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky, and his denials resulted in his impeachment in 1998.
Bill Clinton’s sexual past has come rushing to the forefront again after presidential candidate and wife, Hillary Clinton, made the following statement,
“Today I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault. Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed and we’re with you.”
Hillary was Bill’s strongest supporter and denier during his sexual escapades and scandals, and demonized any and all of the women who claimed they were attacked, raped, fondled, or had consensual sexual relationships by and with the former president.
Hillary claimed, during an interview with Matt Lauer in 1998, that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” was responsible for the allegations of his affair with Lewinsky. She further stated,
“I think we’re going to find some other things. And I think that when all of this is put into context, and we really look at the people involved here, look at their motivations and look at their backgrounds, look at their past behavior, some folks are going to have a lot to answer for.”
Interestingly enough, the women that filed claims of sexual misconduct by Bill Clinton, as well as those who claimed consensual affairs with the president, were not right wingers, but staunch Clinton supporters and democratic campaign volunteers as well as interns working within his administration. Monica Lewinsky was a 22-year-old White House intern for the democratic administration when she participated in a consensual affair with Clinton.
As a result of the Lewinsky affair, and his subsequent lies regarding the affair to a grand jury, Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on the grounds of perjury, abuse of power, and obstruction of justice relating to his relationship with Lewinsky and subsequent actions. In February 1999, in a Senate vote basically along Democratic party lines, Clinton was acquitted and allowed to stay in office, yet this still remains a scandal that most Americans over 45 will never forget. Many say the Clinton Lewinsky scandal really had nothing to do with his personal sexual escapades, but,
“was about subornation of perjury and obstruction of justice and a true abuse of power on the part of a sitting president.”
Many women stepped forward after the Lewinsky scandal claiming inappropriate behavior by Bill Clinton. Currently there is a list of approximately 14 women claiming sexual misconduct by the former president.
- Juanita Broaddrick, (Juanita Hickey), a volunteer for the Clinton gubernatorial campaign, claims she was raped by Bill Clinton in 1978.
- Kathleen Willey, another ardent campaign organizer for Clinton in 1992, claimed she was assaulted by Clinton in a meeting in the Oval office in 1993 which resulted in a law suit against the president. She was paid $850,000 plus legal fees to end the suit by Clinton.
- Paula Jones, filed a lawsuit against Clinton in 1994 claiming as a state clerk attending a conference, then governor of Arkansas, Clinton, lured her to his suite, touched her, tried to kiss her and dropped his pants asking for oral sex.
- Gennifer Flowers came forward and claimed she and Bill Clinton had participated in a consensual 12 year affair; one that Clinton insiders claimed was true.
Recently interviewed, Kathleen Willey claimed
“Hillary has enabled Bill’s sexual escapades to happen again and again. Hillary chooses to go after the women that he hooks up with, to ruin them again and again and again.”
Hillary called White House intern, Monica Lewinsky a “narcissistic loony toon.” Gennifer Flowers who had an affair with Clinton over 12 years was called “trailer trash.” Juanita Broaddrick who claimed she was raped by Clinton, was threatened by Hillary two weeks after she broke her silence.”
Gennifer Flowers claimed Hillary ran a “war room” during the 1992 elections to smear women like her and Wiley later said that she had launched a “terror campaign” against them all.
Linda Tripp who was credited for taping conversations with Monica Lewinsky that broke the affair with Clinton, had an office adjacent to Hillary for the entire Clinton Administration outside of 3 months which she spent directly outside the Oval office. In a recent interview The Daily Mail wrote,
“Her position offered her unparalleled access to, and a unique perspective on, both the couple and the administration.”
In the interview, Tripp said,
“It was Hillary who manipulated and stage-managed the story, converting herself from a lackluster First Lady with unimpressive approval ratings to admirable First Victim …. She ‘orchestrated the cover up’ and she made damn sure that she moved on. Nothing, and no-one, was going to stand in her way.”
“I think the most compelling thing about Hillary is that she will stop at nothing to achieve her end and that she views the public as plebeians easily seduced into believing her point of view.”
“In famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein’s book ‘A Woman in Charge,’ he chronicles Hillary’s efforts to track down all the women her husband had cheated with – not to exact revenge, but to persuade them to recant their stories.”
In an interview with Bill Clinton ABC News, said,
“When Bill Clinton looks back at his denials that he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, he regrets lying, but also believes that telling the truth could have cost him the presidency.”
In his own words, during the interview, Clinton said,
“I will never know what would have happened, but I can only tell you this, I have not talked to a single person who was there then, who knew what was going on, who believes that I would survive as president if I had said that. Not one. Not any one.”
In Bill Clinton’s own words, he felt the need to lie because telling the truth might end his presidency. So does the end justify the lie in the first place?
Hillary Clinton, running for the presidency in 2016, claims all women of rape and assault have the right to be heard and believed. Does that mean only those women who were not sexually assaulted or raped by her husband and demonized by her?
So what is really behind the Clinton sex scandals? A tremendous amount of hypocrisy and lies.
Leigh Bravo blogs at The Trumpet.