Tide turns: Are people now ready to believe Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick?
Sometime Friday evening retired Arkansas nursing home owner Juanita Broaddrick received a message from the host of a national cable TV news show asking her if she had been on Twitter to see that the sentiment in the Twitterverse was swinging towards her.
It has been a long and difficult road for Broaddrick, since Arkansas Gov. William J. Clinton told her it was too crowded to meet as planned at the coffee shop in the lobby of Little Rock’s Camelot Hotel. The governor told her it would be better for him to order two coffees and bring them up to her room.
I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 6, 2016
Watch this 2015 interview with Juanita Broaddrick from One America News:
Even one year ago, when Broaddrick was brought up in the context of Hillary R. Clinton’s campaign for the White House, there was pushback from the leftist-dominated mainstream media.
At one point, during the summer, “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd compared people, who believed Broaddrick to conspiracy theorists questioning the circumstances surrounding the 1993 death of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent W. Foster Jr.
Then, Harvey Weinstein was exposed Oct. 5.
After Weinstein, there were more: Leon Wieseltier, the former editor of The New Republic and Hamilton Fish, the president and publisher of The New Republic. “Morning Joe” contributor Mark Halperin, Director of the CBS Diversity Showcase Rick Najera, NPR News Director Michael Ores, “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey and Comic Louis C.K.–and then, “Star Trek” crewmember George Takei.
Perhaps the tipping point came Thursday when The Washington Post quoted four Alabama women, who told stories about awkward and sexually-tinged encounters with GOP Senate nominee Roy S. Moore.
With the other names, the media was going through the motions and each monster exposed was accompanied by a sadness for a career sullied, but with Moore? It was game on.
As the media’s ebullient coverage of Moore and his accusers ramped up, the hypocrisy of it all brought people around to consider the case of Broaddrick and Clinton.
Leading the charge is MSNBC host Chris Hayes:
As gross and cynical and hypocrtical as the right's "what about Bill Clinton" stuff is, it's also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 10, 2017
I think it’s time to talk about Juanita Broaddrick. I believe her. https://t.co/2hdGnsnVNn
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) November 11, 2017