Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that we would know he means business about knocking off Hillary Clinton when he was finally able to turn his attention away from GOP challengers and to the Democratic Party’s own presumptive nominee…and some strong evidence to that effect has already come to the fore.
Using the popular social media site Instagram as the platform, Trump has released a blistering, 20-second campaign ad that targets Hillary on the basis of her husband Bill’s profile as an alleged, serial sexual abuser. One of the best known of Bill Clinton’s accusers, Juanita Broaddrick, gave a blockbuster interview on NBC’s Dateline program back in 1999, and a portion of the audio from that interview is used in the Instagram ad put out on Monday. You can see the ad here:
Broaddrick alleges that Clinton raped her at a Little Rock, Arkansas hotel, where she was staying back in April 1978. Broaddrick was in town for a conference, and met with the former president during his run for Arkansas governor that year. According to Broaddrick, she had previously crossed paths with Clinton during an earlier campaign stop, at which she mentioned that she would like to work for him as a campaign volunteer. Clinton then invited her to look him up the next time she was in Little Rock, and that led to the hotel room meeting. Broaddrick said that original plan was for them to meet in the hotel coffee shop, but that Clinton convinced her that there would be too much interference from reporters, and suggested they meet in her room.
Hillary has found herself very much on the defensive over her public statements of support for women, more generally, and sexual assault victims, in particular, as her own campaign for president has stumbled forward. While claiming to be a champion of women’s rights and causes, Hillary has chosen to turn a blind eye to the extreme subjugation of women in Middle East countries from which significant donations to her family’s foundation have been received. Then, of course, there is the laundry list of sexual misconduct allegations leveled at her husband by numerous women over a period of several decades, allegations she has seen fit to ignore while making grand proclamations, like she famously did last fall, that all sexual assault survivors should be believed.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large