On CNN, news host Jake Tapper spoke with former Clinton administration staffer Donna Brazile on a January 10th broadcast of "The List" about how feminists regard Bill Clinton’s legacy of sexual misconduct now that Republican candidate Donald Trump has said it is “fair game” as gist for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
When Tapper asked Brazile how feminists regard Juanita Broaddrick, who has accused Bill Clinton of rape, Brazile said that bringing up the former president’s past is the "real misogyny." Seeking to have Brazile square her feminist principles with her spirited defense of the Clintons, Tapper said:
“Donna, let me read this to you from Michelle Goldberg a feminist writer writing in the liberal website Slate. She says, 'Feminists have repeatedly and convincingly made the case that when women say they've been sexually assaulted, we should assume they're telling the truth. Particularly when it comes to the story of Juanita Broaddrick, it's not easy to square the arguments against believing her with the dominant progressive consensus on trusting victims'. What do you think?"
Brazile responded with criticism strongly affirmed by Democrats, and echoed by Republican elites, that Trump "has built his campaign on mocking women, attacking immigrants, of course, and smearing Muslims. I'm not surprised that Donald Trump has decided to go into what I call the sleaze basket." Whenever you bring up Clinton misbehavior, they pull out the 1992 playbook about "the issues that matter to the people." Furthermore, Brazile said, "When it comes to sexual assault, violence against women, I think Democrats and liberals and progressives have a good history on ensuring that women are able to tell the truth and to ensure that there are laws properly on the books to allow victims of these crimes and abuses to have their day. So I don't think there's any contradiction there."
"Donald Trump believed that this is one way to silence Hillary Clinton when she brings up his misogyny and his attacks on women,” Brazile said. “I don't think that's going to work either. Now, I'm a feminist, Jake. I mean, and I know Bill Clinton. And I have a great deal of respect for Bill Clinton. During that time, we all condemned his misconduct. [??!!] I mean, I'm not married to Bill Clinton. I'm sure as a husband and wife issue, there were marital issues they had to resolve."
Fellow CNN guest Bill Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, told Tapper, “But here’s a fact: Bill Clinton lied in 1992 about Jennifer Flowers when he's running for president. He lied under oath about Paula Jones. He lied about Monica Lewinsky. Hillary Clinton defended him in each of those cases. No one and I think maybe in some of those cases that her husband was lying defending him because she thought it was the right thing to do. It is legitimate I think for someone to say, "Is that really the record of someone who stands up for women in all cases?"
Brazile interrupted denied Kristol’s assertion, and said that “…the notion that for some reason she cannot be a, you know, can run a campaign and talk about these issues without somebody bringing up the misconduct of her husband. I mean, that is in my judgment that is real misogyny.”
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