Politifact says Hillary never directly laughed at 12-year-old rape victim, calls Trump’s claim ‘false’


Hillary Clinton did not laugh at a rape victim, as Donald Trump accused her, but about getting an alleged rapist off, according to a fact checking website.

Politifact gave Trump’s claim a “False” rating following Sunday’s presidential debate in which he said Clinton, who successfully defended an alleged rapist in a 1975 case, laughed at the 12 year-old rape victim.

“One of the women, who is a wonderful woman, at 12 years old, was raped at 12,” Trump said at the debate. “Her client she represented got him off, and she’s seen laughing on two separate occasions, laughing at the girl who was raped. Kathy Shelton, that young woman is here with us tonight.”

Clinton successfully defended then-41-year-old Thomas Alfred Taylor, while repeatedly calling 12 year-old Shelton’s credibility into question. But, according to Politifact, she did not at any time laugh at Shelton.

“Trump is referring to an audio tape in which she does respond with amusement at her recollections of the oddities of the case, which involve the prosecution and the judge,” Politifact claimed. “At no point does she laugh at the victim.”

According to Politifact:

At another point, Clinton says of the accused man, “I had him take a polygraph, which he passed — which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.” She and the reporter laugh.

And she laughs when she recalls telling the prosecution that she was prepared to bring in a top expert witness to testify “to prevent this miscarriage of justice.” The reporter laughs as well.

Based on the recordings, Politifact concluded Clinton did not laugh at the victim as Trump had claimed and declared, “We rate his claim False.”

There is plenty of video circulating that shows Clinton appearing to laugh about the case. In the following she’s heard laughing as she said Taylor, her client, passed a lie detector test and it “forever destroyed her faith in polygraphs.”

The one below show Clinton laughing about how the mishandling of evidence helped her to get a child rapist free.

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