By Big Al
Timmy brings up an interesting twist in the affairs of the Clinton’s interestingly enough published in the Washington Post
Scandals force Dems to rethink Bill Clinton
BY KAREN TUMULTY AND KATIE METTLER Washington Post
A torrent of sexual abuse allegations against powerful figures in politics and media has reignited the defining political fight of the 1990s.
But this time, the battle is being waged within the ranks of Democrats and their allies, including leaders of the feminist movement. A growing number now say they were wrong to have so stridently defended former president Bill Clinton against the women who over the years accused him of offenses that included groping, exposing his genitals, and rape.
The uncomfortable question is whether Democrats then were guilty of the sin they accuse Republicans of committing now by continuing to support President Trump and Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, despite allegations of sexual offenses: Were they also putting partisanship and their desire to hold onto power above the principles they claim to hold dear?
A remarkable exchange of fire began Thursday when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – Hillary Clinton’s successor as senator from New York, a staunch backer of her presidential campaign and a talked-about presidential possibility – told the New York Times that by today’s standards, the “appropriate response” for Bill Clinton would have been to resign when his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was revealed in 1998.
That brought a retort from longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines on Twitter, in which he dismissed the president’s affair with a subordinate as a “consensual” sex act. Reines lobbed an additional shot at Gillibrand: “Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons’ endorsements, money, and seat. Hypocrite. Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries. Best of luck.”
In a radio interview with WABC host Rita Cosby Friday, Hillary Clinton deflected a request for response to Gillibrand’s tweet: “I don’t exactly know what she was trying to say.”
During the 1990s, the allegations about the president’s behavior went far beyond the Lewinsky affair, which led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment, after he lied about it under oath during a deposition in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones. She claimed the state’s then-governor had summoned her in 1991 to a hotel room, where he dropped his pants and asked for oral sex.
At the time, the attitude of many feminist leaders was summed up in a 1998 New York Times op-ed by Gloria Steinem, who wrote that “Mr. Clinton seems to have made a clumsy sexual pass, then accepted rejection.” She was similarly dismissive of other women who came forward with stories of sexual abuse by Clinton before and during his time in the White House.
A spokeswoman for Steinem said she “isn’t doing interviews at this time.”
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