When Juanita Broaddrick claimed that in 1978 the then general attorney of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, sexually assaulted her – no one believed her. Until now. Allegations that the former President of the United States raped Broaddrick are finally being heard after almost two decades of silence.
In an interview with Laura Ingraham, on her show “The Ingraham Angle,” Broaddrick who is also a former nursing home administrator, spoke out against Clinton and “hopes that they will get what’s due to them.”
“I think in this situation we’re actually advancing. I think people are starting to believe and realize that I was truly sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton,” Broaddrick said.
Broaddrick’s claim comes after several accusations of sexual misconduct have been brought to light, including actor Kevin Spacey, producer Harvey Weinstein, and more notably Arkansas Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore (R-Ala.).
Those on the left have ignored Broaddrick and her claims for years, but now because of the prominence of sexual misconduct on the right, people on the left are giving this a second thought.
“[Broaddrick’s] point is interesting because she said ‘No one believed me, no one believed me all those years ago,’ and now because it’s so obvious the double standard when it comes to the left vs. the right, some on the left are saying ‘maybe we should have given her a little more credence,'” says Ingraham.
Byron York, a panelist on Ingram’s show, also commented on the issue, saying that this issue is also arising because the Clintons have lost some of their power in politics.
“It’s also coming because the Clinton’s are receding into the past and their clout is gone. It is safe to look into something like this, where it was not in 1998,” says York.
In an interview with Lisa Myers in 1998, Broaddrick first spoke out against Clinton. However, her claims were dismissed at the time, along with others who accused Clinton including Paula Jones. These women were chastised for accusing Clinton, even being referred to as “bimbo eruptions“.
“I think what we need to do is also empower women… when you’re an adult woman in the workplace, we need to empower women so they can say, at the time, ‘you’re a slob, you’re a freak, you’re a pig, I’m going to HR, I’m going to talk about this,’ but it’s hard when there’s a disparate power base in the workforce,” says Ingraham.
Later in the interview, Broaddrick commented on the following tweet from comedian Chelsea Handler.
Imagine being molested by an older man. Then that man denies ever doing it and then goes on and gets elected to United States Senate. What kind of message does that send to young girls everywhere? And men to all the men who abuse women?
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 12, 2017
Broaddrick responded to this tweet with her own perspective on the issue.
Yeah, @chelseahandler I can imagine. I was raped by the Arkansas AG who then becomes Governor & President and NBC held my interview explaining the rape until after his impeachment hearing. But I’m sure you don’t want to go there. https://t.co/s9W8NZsaZ3
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) November 13, 2017
Broaddrick also commented on her response in the interview.
“[Chelsea Handler] supported my abusers in the 2016 presidential race, and I wanted to say to her ‘I matter too. All victims matter. It doesn’t matter if you’re a democrat or a republican, or if you’re straight or if you’re gay, or if you believe in God or not. We all have the right to be believed'” says Broaddrick.
This interview comes after Judge Roy Moore, who is currently a Alabama Senate candidate, was accused of having inappropriate sexual misconduct with five women when they were teenage girls. People are even calling for Moore to step aside in the race.
“If a man, or woman in the workplace [uses his power] and does something like this, they have no business in politics. I don’t care if it’s a democrat, a republican, or someone who’s not well known at all. This has got to change. This whole situation has got to change,” says Ingraham