Hillary Clinton is channeling her “inner woman warrior” for her college speeches now, entertaining and inspiring the one audience who, because of their complete lack of memories from the 1990s, is still firmly in her court.
Yesterday, at a rally at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Clinton had some tough words for anyone who would question the possible victim of a campus sexual assault, even though many of the most public examples of campus rape have been called into question by multiple sources in the media and beyond (including Rolling Stone‘s bizarre fraternity gang-rape story and the tale of the “Mattress Girl” from NYU). She remarked that any “victim” has a “right to be heard and a right to be believed.”
But policy details aside, Clinton, speaking at a “Women for Hillary” event heavy on college students at the University of Northern Iowa, sought to portray herself as an ally and advocate of victims of college sexual assault— a group that a recent Washington Post survey found includes an estimated one in five women.
“To every survivor of sexual assault,” Clinton said, “you have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We’re with you.”
She added: “Every student deserves a safe environment in which to learn and thrive, not live in fear.”
Last year, President Obama unveiled the “It’s On Us” campaign to raise the profile of the issue. He was joined by Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering whether to challenge Clinton for the presidential nomination.
I could talk about how the campus rape “epidemic” is severely overblown and that there’s an agenda behind pushing campus sexual assault stories as a means of enforcing system-wide “equality” standards that would punish those who demurr from the Democratic Party platform in word and deed, but you already know all that, and even one campus rape should be enough to trigger action (though maybe not a Federal response).
But the more interesting thing here isn’t what Hillary Clinton says – it’s what’s in her background. Sexual assault isn’t simply something that arose in the Millennial era. In fact, her husband has been repeatedly accused of sexual assault. In the 1990s, Bill Clinton racked up claims of inappropriate behavior by the dozens and none of those claims was ever afforded the benefit of the doubt, at least as far as Hillary Clinton and the Clinton machine was concerned. Some women, allegedly, had their careers and personal lives destroyed simply for broaching the subject. They were considered to be attention-grabbers, liars and the like, as womens’ rights organizations – oddly enough, the same ones pushing these types of “guilty until proven innocent” campus assault procedures – flocked to Bill Clinton’s side, declaring him a friend to women everywhere.
A good interviewer would follow up on Clinton’s proposition and ask her if every last one of Bill Clinton’s accusers should be given the benefit of the doubt, the “right to be believed.” And then they should ask her why she won’t practice what she preaches.
NOTE: I am reminded, by an alert reader, that Hillary Clinton once ripped apart a twelve year old rape victim, allegedly going to “extraordinary lengths” to deep-six evidence of the girl’s rape, among other insidious behaviors.
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