Hillary’s “Classist” War on Women
The emergence this past week of a recorded interview from the mid-1980s proves anew that Hillary Clinton (pictured in 1975 photo) has been waging her own personal war on women for decades and that the war is driven by nothing so much as a class-based contempt.
The interview involved a 1975 case in which a man named Thomas Taylor, now dead, was accused of raping a twelve-year old girl. As the head of an Arkansas Legal Aid clinic, Clinton defended Taylor.
In the interview Clinton suggested that she knew Taylor was guilty. “I had him take a polygraph, which he passed--which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,” Clinton said with a laugh. In fact, she laughed throughout the discussion.
Although aware of his guilt, Clinton managed to get Taylor off on a lesser charge with a reduced sentence for time served. In an accompanying affidavit, Clinton poured salt on the victim’s wounds.
She described the twelve year-old as “emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing,” and as having a history of “false accusations.”
When this story surfaced, the victim, now in her early fifties, said of Clinton, “You are supposed to be for women? You call that [being] for women, what you done to me? And I hear you on tape laughing.”
The victim’s syntax suggests why the laughing Clinton spoke so contemptuously of both the victim and her rapist. She considered these working-class Arkansas people beneath her.
Clinton held her husband’s Arkansas female friends and victims in comparable contempt. To Hillary, they were not women who protested. They were “bimbos” who “erupted.”
During Bill Clinton’s primary campaign in 1992, one of them almost put an end to his career. In January of that year, Arkansas state employee Gennifer Flowers confessed to a tabloid that she and Bill had engaged in a twelve-year affair.
In a desperate attempt to save Bill’s candidacy for president, the Clintons agreed to be interviewed by Steve Kroft on CBS’s 60 Minutes. http://bit.ly/JHp3wD
When Kroft asked Bill if he had an affair with Flowers, he lied, “That allegation is false.” Hillary, her hands lovingly intertwined with Bill’s, nodded in affirmation.
At this point in the interview, Hillary tried to explain how these allegations emerged. “When this woman [Flowers] first got caught up in these charges,” she said, “I felt as I've felt about all of these women: that they had just been minding their own business and they got hit by a meteor, and it was no fault of their own.”
Hillary’s next thought was the most provocative. “We reached out to them,” said Hillary. “I met with two of them to reassure them they were friends of ours.”
On no other occasion had Hillary admitted an active role in silencing Bill’s women and enabling his predatory behavior. She continued, “I felt terrible about what was happening to them.”
Hillary had reason to feel terrible. Among the people the Clintons reached out to that year—in this case, through a private investigator they hired--was Sally Perdue, a former Miss Arkansas and Clinton paramour.
“[The PI] said that there were people in high places who were anxious about me and they wanted me to know that keeping my mouth shut would be worthwhile,” Perdue would later relate.
“Worthwhile” meant a GS-11 or higher job with the federal government. If she turned down the offer and talked to the media, “He couldn't guarantee what would happen to my pretty little legs.”
Perdue was the least of the Clintons’ problems in 1992. More potentially troublesome were the women that Clinton had criminally assaulted or humiliated--Juanita Broaddrick, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, and Paula Jones among others.
Jones, though not raped like Broaddrick or attacked like Gracen, would prove Bill Clinton’s undoing. The Clintons underestimated Jones because she, like the twelve year-old rape victim, had working class roots and improper diction.
Speaking for the administration, adviser James Carville memorably summed up the Clintons’ take on women like Jones: “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find.”
The same media that had a collective fainting spell over Rush Limbaugh’s use of the word “slut” largely gave Carville a pass.
The media helped in less obvious ways as well. In 1998, the Washington Post ran an historical series on Bill’s sexual misadventures. One day the Post included a transcript of the 1992 60 Minutes interview. What follows is an excerpt from that transcript.
[These women] had just been minding their own business and they got hit by a meteor . . . . I felt terrible about what was happening to them.
The ellipsis conceals from the reader the most significant quote in the interview: “We reached out to them. I met with two of them to reassure them they were friends of ours.”
This was the only passage of any substance edited out of the transcript. In 1998, there was no YouTube. Readers relied on transcripts.
By this time, much of the public was aware that the outreach to “these women” had not been at all friendly. A Post editor had chosen to scrub Hillary’s sordid role in that outreach from the record.
Hillary would later claim to have learned about Bill’s affair with Monica Lewinsky just before his August 1998 grand jury testimony.
In fact, however, it was Hillary, working through her acolytes, who had Monica booted from the White House before the story went public and branded as a stalker after it did.
The media chose not to know. They allowed the smartest woman in the world to play innocent victim, and this improbable role immunized her from scandal and burnished her political star.
There was much the media chose not to see. In August 2012 they savaged Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin for his innocuous “legitimate rape” comment and gave Bill, an unrepentant sexual predator, a pass as he keynoted a convention whose theme was the “Republican war on women.”
Hillary had to smile. It was she who capped those bimbo eruptions and, in the process, kept her own presidential ambitions alive.
Webmaster's Note: Jack Cashill's Book-TV presentation of "Deconstructing Obama" can be viewed at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/298382-1
Editor's note: For a more complete account of this phenomenon, read Jack Cashill's amazing book, "Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture.
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