Saturday, September 29, 2018

Juanita Broaddrick calls out ‘double standard’ of Senate Democrats over handling of rape allegations

Juanita Broaddrick, a healthcare professional who accused Bill Clinton of raping her in 1978, made an unexpected appearance outside the Senate confirmation hearings on Thursday to point out the hypocrisy at play among American lawmakers.

Democratic double standards

While Democrats have moved heaven and earth to hear Dr. Christine Blasey Ford share her uncorroborated allegations of a sexual assault 36 years ago by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Broaddrick recalls being shut out from telling her own story. 

Ms. Broaddrick has long asserted that, while Clinton was Arkansas attorney general in 1978, he forced himself upon her in a Little Rock hotel room against her repeated objections. “He starts biting on my lip. . . . And then he forced me down on the bed,” Broaddrick revealed in a 1999 “Dateline NBC” interview.

“I just was very frightened,” she said at the time. “I tried to get away from him. I told him ‘no.’ . . . He wouldn’t listen to me.”

While there are certain parallels between Broaddrick’s account and Dr. Ford’s story — neither woman could remember the exact date of their allegations, and both sought to avoid the national spotlight at one point — Clinton’s accuser told reporters on Thursday that there is “no comparison” between them.

“Because Dr. Ford has no evidence — I had the who, what, when, where and how and had five people that I told, not even counting the woman who found me 30 minutes after the rape with a swollen busted lip, torn clothes and in a state of shock,” Broaddrick said.

He-said-she-said

Ford claims that four people were present at the gathering where Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her. However, as the Supreme Court nominee repeatedly pointed out during his hours-long testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, all four named witnesses have failed to corroborate her story.

Conversely, Ms. Broaddrick told at least four acquaintances about her encounter with Clinton soon after the alleged rape occurred, and NBC spoke with all of them in 1999. It is also true that Norma Kelsey discovered Broaddrick with torn pantyhose and a busted lip in her hotel room that day, and that she told her friend that Clinton had just raped her.

“How they can take these accusations and run with them, and laugh at mine for so many years is the biggest double standard I’ve ever seen,” Broaddrick said from outside the Dirksen Senate building.

“It makes me angry that they left [Clinton] in office,” she said about Senate Democrats who rejected hearing her allegations when they were deliberating on whether or not to impeach Clinton.

Victim neglect

Broaddrick told reporters that she was at the Kavanaugh hearing to “look hypocrites [Chuck] Schumer, [Dick] Durbin and [Dianne] Feinstein in the eye and ask for an apology.” These lawmakers served in the Senate during the Clinton impeachment proceedings and refused to accept Broaddrick’s sworn deposition detailing her abuse. In addition to her poor treatment at the hands of a Democrat-controlled Senate, NBC waited until after Clinton’s impeachment to air Broaddrick’s interview.

“I have twenty times more evidence for my rape by Bill Clinton than Dr. Ford has against Kavanaugh,” Broaddrick said. “Democrats turned their backs on me. They refused to read or acknowledge me in 1999 when I went public with my story. Democrats turned their backs on me,” she repeated.

When asked if she subscribed to the notion that all women deserve to be believed when they advance sexual misconduct allegations, Broaddrick said that partisanship appears to carry more credibility than evidence. “All women are to be believed if they’re not conservatives and as long as the assault was not done by Democrats,” she observed sarcastically.

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