06/12/2018 / By JD Heyes
In an amazingly frank and revealing interview last week with PBS, former President Bill Clinton made some startling comments and offered what many believe is an extremely tone-deaf assessment of cultural norms in the #MeToo era.
As reported by the NTK Network, Clinton also made a disturbing observation that appears to suggest — if you read between the lines — that there was a time in his life when it was acceptable for men (including himself?) to treat women very badly.
In comments pertaining to sexual assault and harassment, Clinton observed, “I think the norms have really changed in terms of what you can do to somebody against their will, how much you can crowd their space, make them miserable at work.”
Mind you, this is from a man who stands accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick, of sexual harassment by several women (one of whom — Paula Jones — he settled with out of court), of having a years-long extramarital relationship with Gennifer Flowers, and of having an extramarital sexual encounter with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who was very young at the time.
What’s more, Clinton went on to defend ousted Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who resigned his seat amid serial sexual harassment allegations. As part of his defense, Clinton said, “Maybe I’m just an old-fashioned person.”
Clinton did, at least, admit that “there may be things I don’t know” regarding allegations against Franken, but the fact that nearly 30 women who’d been around the former Saturday Night Live star back in the day all signed onto a statement attesting to harassment is a pretty powerful indictment (and oddly, Clinton knew how many women had signed that letter).
What is particularly galling about Clinton to the many women who claim he used and abused them, is the fact that he’s still around doing book tours and breathing free air while other serial abusers like former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and actor/comedian Bill Cosby are either in jail or facing jail.
In fact, in a recent interview, Flowers made that very point.
Having already admitted to a 12-year relationship with Clinton that began in the late 1970s as he was a rising star in Arkansas political circles, Flowers told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that in retrospect, the future president sexually harassed her when he first approached her in 1977 while she was a young reporter. (Related: Boom: Four NEW women are accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault AFTER he left the White House.)
“When I first met Bill Clinton, it was when I was sent on my first story by myself after my training with my cameraman,” she said on The Ingraham Angle.
“He came on to me that night, I told him to knock it off. He proceeded to continue to come on to me for three months before I decided that I wanted to have a relationship with him, which at that point was consensual,” she said.
Clinton admitted under oath in 1998, prior to his impeachment in the House, that he had had a sexual encounter with Flowers, but denied that it lasted for more than a decade.
Flowers also noted that “like Hillary,” she wanted to live in denial that Bill could actually rape someone. But she said that when she finally met Broaddrick, “I realized she was a very genuine person and had no reason to lie about that.”
That forced her to accept that he was capable of just such an act, but it also left her wondering why he got away with it.
“Why shouldn’t he be prosecuted for rape as Bill Cosby has and Harvey Weinstein was just arrested?” she told Ingraham.
It’s a very appropriate question for an “old-fashioned” guy who’s trying to come to grips with “new norms” about what you “can do to somebody against their will.”
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J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.