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Will Democrats Address the Bill Clinton Issue?

As accusations of sexual harassment and assault continue to fly, one writer wants to know if Democrats will address the donkey in the room.

By NTK Staff | 11.15.2017 @1:00pm
Will Democrats Address the Bill Clinton Issue?

Is there “a reckoning” coming for former President Bill Clinton? In the wake of widespread accusations of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood, New York, and Washington, D.C., that’s what one Atlantic writer wants to know.

The central question behind writer Caitlin Flanagan’s piece is this: “Feminists saved the 42nd president of the United States in the 1990s. They were on the wrong side of history; is it finally time to make things right?”

In her piece, Flanagan notes that both Bill and Hillary Clinton, eager to help the latter win the presidency, attempted to remake their public images after a series of women in the 1990s accused the former Arkansas governor of everything from lewd and inappropriate actions to rape.

But as Flanagan notes, the feminist movement swooped in – not to help the women who accused Clinton of these misdeeds, but to defend the accused.

The notorious 1998 New York Times op-ed by Gloria Steinem must surely stand as one of the most regretted public actions of her life. It slut-shamed, victim-blamed, and age-shamed; it urged compassion for and gratitude to the man the women accused. Moreover (never write an op-ed in a hurry; you’ll accidentally say what you really believe), it characterized contemporary feminism as a weaponized auxiliary of the Democratic Party.

Steinem wrote that “[e]ven if the allegations are true,” Clinton’s actions had simply been a “gross, dumb, and reckless pass at a supporter” in the case of Kathleen Willey. The same went for his conduct with Paula Jones.

Flanagan closes her piece with this indictment of the Democratic Party:

The party needs to come to terms with the fact that it was so enraptured by their brilliant, Big Dog president and his stunning string of progressive accomplishments that it abandoned some of its central principles. The party was on the wrong side of history, and there are consequences for that. Yet expedience is not the only reason to make this public accounting. If it is possible for politics and moral behavior to coexist, then this grave wrong needs to be acknowledged.

The Clintons for their part seem completely uninterested in acknowledging Bill’s past. The Clinton Foundation told reporters last month that it would be keeping the thousands of dollars donated to it by Harvey Weinstein.

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