By now many are familiar with the tape the caught Donald Trump saying grotesque things about women in 2005. Some Republicans who backed Trump are now abandoning ship while the Clinton campaign and the media try to use the revelations to ensure the ship sinks faster. There is no defending what Trump said as a 59-year-old man. However, the pattern of this election is not that the Clinton campaign’s or the media’s, but I repeat myself, attacks against Trump’s character are wrong. Rather, it’s that they have no moral authority to call him out on it.
The Case of Bill Clinton
Hillary Clinton made it her life’s mission to try to destroy the reputation of any of the women who accused Bill of sexual abuse or misconduct. “I mean, I would crucify her,” she said of Gennifer Flowers. In 1975 she mocked an alleged 12-year-old rape victim and laughed at getting the accused off the hook. In 1991 she referred to Bill’s accusers as “Bimbo Eruptions.” Juanita Broaddrick has said that Hillary threatened her while knowing that Bill had raped her.
Kathleen Willey told the Washington Examiner that, “Hillary Clinton’s been calling me a bimbo for 19 years, as well as Paula [Jones] and Juanita and Gennifer.” Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton in 1994. Willey, who was mentioned in the lawsuit, says that lawyers and “hired guns” tried to intimidate her by vandalizing her car and breaking into her home.
When Bill Clinton was busy having affairs with White House interns, it was not considered proper to question his sexual ethics. When Bill was accused of sexual malpractice, it was not appropriate to talk about it because it is their “private lives.”
The same people on the left who are outraged at Trump’s comments could not find it within themselves to go after Bill Clinton. Perhaps the worst example of this was in 1998 from Nina Burleigh of Time Magazine. Burleigh went beyond defending Bill when she said that, “I would be happy to give him a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.” As recently as Monday, Joy Behar of “The View” was calling Bill’s accusers “tramps.” Behar for her part, apologized.
The Objectification of Women
Donald Trump has convinced the left that the objectification of women is wrong. It’s too bad they did not feel that way when they ran sexist Obamacare ads. The same Hollywood that is outraged by Trump did not have the same sense of outrage four years ago. Remember four years ago when Lena Dunham starred in an OFA ad that compared voting for the first time for Obama to losing one’s virginity? The list of feminist double standards in this issue are to great to list.
Is This The Best We Can Do?
In a country of over 300 million people we settled on the worst two possible people. Both of their defenders decry sexual predatory behavior when it suits their political interests, but make excuses when it does not. The truth is that Donald Trump said things as a 59-year-old that 13 years old know is unacceptable and Hillary Clinton was not going to let a couple of rape or assault accusations loosen the family’s hold on the levers of power.