Friday, April 15, 2016
Hillary Clinton has unequivocally expressed her hostility to college men accused of sexual assault: “I think that when someone makes the claim, they come forward, they should be believed . . . .” She also said this: “. . . in our country and on every college campus . . . any woman who reports an assault should be heard and believed . . . .” In a major address on the issue, she told survivors of sexual assault the following: “You have the right to be heard, You have the right to be believed. And we’re with you as you go forward.” Clinton made it clear she believes that men accused of sexual assault should be presumed guilty until they are proven innocent: “. . . everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence.” Clinton made that statement with a huge grin on her face, and the line drew applause.
Clinton has stated that the issue of college sexual assault is “deeply important” to her. She buys into the one-in-five canard. She has called campus sexual assault an epidemic, has pledged to “build on the progress” the Obama administration has made, and has made clear she wants a national conversation about it–as if the issue has been ignored until now. She plans to take the Obama administration’s work to the next level: “The Obama administration has begun to shine a spotlight. I just want to make it a very broad and bright spotlight . . . .” She wants to “end” campus rape by broadening the war on sexual assault. She proudly admits that when she says this, she is “playing the gender card” and “that’s exactly where I want to be.”
Clinton recently hired Zerlina Maxwell who has written this: “Ultimately, the costs of wrongly disbelieving a survivor far outweigh the costs of calling someone a rapist.” Maxwell said that false accusations “can be undone by an investigation that clears the accused, especially if it is done quickly.”
As Secretary of State, Clinton made one of the most heinous false rape claims imaginable. In 2011, Clinton was trying to justify regime change in Libya–a goal not authorized by either the U.S. Congress or the UN. “Clinton told the press that Gaddafi was passing out Viagra to his troops so they could go out and rape dissidents en masse, and that the troops were indeed engaging in mass rapes.” The problem? Amnesty International later reported “that there was absolutely no factual support for these accusations. As Amnesty International reported, ‘Not only have we not met any victims, but we have not even met any persons who have met victims.’”
It is ironic that Hillary Clinton has not always exhibited fidelity to the decidedly unAmerican principles she now espouses. Much has been written about Mrs. Clinton’s two-facedness on this issue–she did not automatically believe her husband’s sexual assault accusers, and, in fact, she actively worked to destroy their credibility. We won’t repeat those arguments as they could fill a book.
Mrs. Clinton is, sadly, a product of the modern Democrat Party, which foments division by playing group identity politics. Last night, Mrs. Clinton made clear who her constituents are: “. . . I’m putting together a very broad-based, inclusive coalition from the South to the North, from the East to the West, with African-American, Latinos, women, union households, working people and I am very proud of the campaign we are running.”