It sure took a while but it seems Hillary Clinton voters may have finally taken their heads out of the sand.
Many of those who voted for the failed Democratic presidential nominee say they now believe the allegations of sexual misconduct against former President Bill Clinton are “credible,” a new poll showed.
Although the Huffington Post/YouGov survey that came out Wednesday did not refer to any of the accusations specifically, the question of whether respondents believed the “assertions generally are credible or are not credible” revealed that 57 percent of the country believe they were valid. Democrats made up 48 percent of those who considered the accusations credible, and 53 percent of Independent voters agreed.
On the other side of the political divide, 80 percent of Republican voters believed the accusations against the 42nd president are credible. Of course, the same question about allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault against Trump saw 71 percent of Democrats believing the claims had merit while 44 percent of Republicans surveyed found them to be “not credible.”
Clinton denied accusations brought against him by Juanita Broaddrick, who alleged the former president raped her in 1978, and former White House aide Kathleen Willey who said he groped her in his office in 1993.
Clinton settled a lawsuit with former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones, in 1998 after she alleged that he sexually propositioned her. An alleged affair between the former president and White House intern Monica Lewinsky was at the center of efforts to impeach Clinton for perjury.
David Rothkopf, the former deputy undersecretary of commerce for international trade policy in the Clinton administration, tweeted Tuesday that Lewinsky was owed an apology for being ridiculed and bullied after the incident nearly 20 years ago. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, as women publicly share their sexual harassment and assault stories and decades of alleged sexual misconduct claims surfaced against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Rothkopf called out Democrats’ treatment of Lewinsky.
How many people in the Democratic Party are feeling remorse for their defenses of Bill Clinton’s behavior these days? Would be healthy to express it. @MonicaLewinsky deserves an apology from many of us she has never received.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) November 15, 2017
Lewinsky thanked him.
thank you, david.
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) November 15, 2017
Many liberals and prominent Democrats have also come around to acknowledging Clinton’s misconduct.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes tweeted that Democrats “are overdue for a real reckoning” in Clinton’s case.
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
The Huffington Post/YouGov poll released Wednesday, with a margin of error of 3.8 percent, was a survey of 1,000 respondents from Oct. 27 to 28.
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