Like rats scurrying off a sinking ship, more and more Democrats are criticizing how sexual abuse allegations against former President Bill Clinton were handled.
And now, President Obama’s secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, is adding her voice to the discussion. During a podcast conversation on David Axelrod’s “The Axe Files,” Sebelius noted how people not only ignored the allegations, but “attacked the victims.”
“Not only did people look the other way, but they went after the women who came forward and accused him,” said Sebelius, “And so it doubled down on not only bad behavior but abusive behavior. And then people attacked the victims.”
Sebelius was also critical of Hillary Clinton. According to CNN:
Sebelius extended her criticism to Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton White House for what she called a strategy of dismissing and besmirching the women who stepped forward—a pattern she said is being repeated today by alleged perpetrators of sexual assault—saying that the criticism of the former first lady and Secretary of State was “absolutely” fair. Sebelius noted that the Clinton Administration’s response was being imitated, adding that “you can watch that same pattern repeat, It needs to end. It needs to be over.”
At the time, Hillary Clinton considered the allegations part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy,” saying “we really look at the people involved here, look at their motivations and look at their backgrounds, look at their past behavior, some folks are going to have a lot to answer for.”
In the 90’s, sexual abuse allegations against Democrats were met by more of a ‘circle the wagons’ approach than actually dealing with the problem head on. For example, Clinton campaign strategist James Carville employed the mean but apparently effective strategy of mocking the victims, famously saying in 1996, “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.”
Interestingly, Sebelius draws a distinction between Clinton and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.
“Franken has done something different than some of the other males involved,” Sebelius said. “He first of all admitted behavior and apologized but immediately asked for an ethics investigation on himself.” Others “have followed a very different path and it’s a path that looks a lot more like what Bill Clinton did.”
An easy stand to take, of course, especially in light of today’s politics and the fact that Bill Clinton is long out of office.
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