More than Monica: Why Bill Clinton’s Sex Scandals Should Be Considered

By: Jillian Shnowski

For anyone who has been following the outlandish remarks from Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, it may not surprise you that he has called fair game on former President Bill Clinton’s sexual misbehaviors in attempt to discredit his opponent, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. It certainly did not surprise me.

When Hillary Clinton took a shot saying he is a “penchant for sexism,” Trump fired back in an interview with CNN saying, “Hillary was an enabler” of her husband’s sexual misconduct.

Then, Trump tweeted  “Hillary Clinton has announced that she is letting her husband out to campaign but HE’S DEMONSTRATED A PENCHANT FOR SEXISM, so inappropriate!”

I don’t completely disagree with Trump. The role Hillary Clinton played to minimize damage on her husband’s reputation when he was accused of rape, sexual harassment and having multiple affairs should be fair game since she plays the feminist card relentlessly. 

For years, Clinton has been an advocate for women’s rights throughout her and her husband’s political careers and made it an important part of her presidential campaign platform for the 2016 election.

Informing readers that “22 percent of women experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in life” and “one in five women in America is sexually assaulted while in college,” Clinton’s campaign website says that as president she will take on sexual and physical violence against women.

Also on her website, Clinton’s record of fighting for women’s rights as a graduate of Yale Law School, first lady of Arkansas, first lady of the United States, a New York senator and as secretary of state can be found.

Bill Clinton told the nation, “I did not have sexual relations with that women, Miss Lewinsky.” Then he delivered a speech Aug. 17, 1998, admitting to his inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a young White House intern. While Mr. Clinton was getting to know Miss Lewinsky, his wife was busy advocating for women’s rights as first lady of the United States.

As someone whose late sister was born with a disability, I appreciate the work Hillary Clinton has done to improve education for children with disabilities. There is no doubt that she has accomplished great things throughout her career.

However, I question her credibility on confronting sexual violence because of her response to the Lewinsky scandal and other allegations against her husband’s sexual misconducts.

Bill Clinton was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jan. 7, 2016, campaigning for his wife’s presidential candidacy by sharing personal anecdotes from the day he first laid his eyes on Hillary at Yale Law School to her accomplishments throughout both of their political careers.

While the endearing, well-rehearsed love story drew on the audience’s emotions, Clinton’s story did not woo me as I thought about his scandalous affair with Lewinsky instead. I questioned the example Hillary set as she stood by her husband’s side and defended him when his sexual misconducts were publicized.

A U.S News & World Report poll conducted in September 1998 indicates that of those surveyed 48 percent of Americans believe Hillary and Bill’s marriage is a business and political relationship, 58 percent thought Hillary should “stay and work it out” and ironically, only 48 percent said they would choose to “stay and work it out.”

As the scandal deepened, Hillary Clinton’s popularity with the American public grew.

For someone who claims she will stand up against sexual and physical violence against women, it is hypocritical that she remained married to someone who has a scandalous sexual past made up of affairs, harassment and rape accusations.

Bill Clinton was sued for sexual harassment by former Arkansas state employee, Paula Jones and was accused of rape by a former campaign volunteer, Juanita Broaddrick.

“I was 35 years old when Bill, Arkansas Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73…it never goes away,” Broaddrick tweeted Jan. 6, 2016.

Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien, GOP state representative from Rockingham, N.H bluntly confronted Clinton on her husband’s sexual misconduct two decades ago at a town hall event.

“You are very rude, and I’m not ever going to call on you,” Clinton responded to O’Brien’s protest. “Thank you.”

After the event, O’Brien said in an interview with CNN that she was trying to point out that Clinton said all victims have the right to be believed and we should assess what they are saying but she doesn’t want to assess the victims who accused her husband of sexual harassment and rape.

I agree with Clinton that all victims have the right to be heard and should be believed; however, I find it ironic for Clinton to play the gender card, take a stance on sexual violence and then send her beloved, sexual harassing husband out on the campaign trail to tell their adorable love story.

The San Antonio Examiner published an open letter written by Sally Miller, previously known as Sally Perdue Jan. 13, 2016. In the letter Miller calls Hillary evil, heartless and stated, “your henchmen are always close by, always watching me.”

Miller told the London Sunday Telegraph in 1994 of a meeting with Ron Tucker, an operative of the Clinton’s, where she was told that if she behaved like “a good little girl” and remained silent she would gain a federal job, if not her “life would get hard” in 1992.

Following the 1992 encounter with Tucker, according to the Telegraph, Miller reported losing her job, car damage, hate mail and receiving anonymous phone calls to the FBI in St. Louis.

If Hillary silenced the victims of her husband’s sexual abuse, turned her head the other way and remained married to a man accused of rape and sexual harassment that occurred during their marriage—Is Hillary Clinton the person you want standing up for sexual violence against women?