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Are allegations of Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct fair game?

Here's a guide to former president Bill Clinton's sexual history, which is rather long...


Like always, the real story is more complicated than how Trump is presenting it. Jill Abramson takes a look at the facts:

The facts that follow are somewhat tangled, so please be patient (facts are stubborn things). I am not judging the underlying accusations against Bill Clinton by the women, just Trump’s insistence that Hillary Clinton has enabled and covered up her husband’s sexual misconduct.
I’ll begin with Willey, who says Bill Clinton groped her in 1993. Before and after she testified in the Paula Jones case in 1998, she says, the Clintons have carried on a campaign of intimidation against her involving the vandalism of her car, the theft of her recent book manuscript and a cat skull on her porch. No evidence has surfaced linking either Clinton to these nefarious deeds.
Regarding Juantia Broaddrick's allegations:
“She came directly to me as soon as she hit the door … She caught me and took my hand and said: ‘I am so happy to meet you. I want you to know that we appreciate everything you do for Bill.’”

Broaddrick says she found these comments “scary”, especially after Hillary repeated them a second time when her “smile faded on the second thank you”. The former nursing home worker said she was “in state of shock ... nausea went all over me”.

It takes a lot of reading between the lines to interpret these words as a threat to stay quiet. It also assumes that Hillary Clinton knew about what her husband allegedly did to Broaddrick, something she has denied about his womanizing generally until he confessed to his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Finally, Abramson concludes:

It’s possible that Bill Clinton assaulted Willey, Broaddrick and Jones during that same era.
But that isn’t the equivalent of wrongdoing by his wife.

Here's are the facts that PolitiFact has corroborated. 

Trump said that Hillary Clinton "viciously" attacked women who accused Bill Clinton of abuse.
Bill Clinton certainly has been accused of sexual assault and having affairs. The record shows Hillary Clinton played a role in defending her husband, and that the Clintons’ first presidential campaign deployed tough tactics to defend against stories of consensual sex.
But in the cases of alleged abuse by Broaddrick, Willey and Jones, Hillary Clinton was largely silent. The words she allegedly had with Broaddrick are subject to interpretation. Approving the release of Willey’s letters does qualify as an attack, but using a person’s words against them is a fairly tame tactic. And Clinton did not attack Jones directly.
Overall, we rate the claim Mostly False.

Hillary's critics say that her husband's alleged sexual misconduct is relevant because it speaks to her character and ethics. Hillary wasn't simply Bill Clinton's wife during the '90s, she was actively campaigning and working to get him elected to the presidency. 

Hillary’s defenders say this is tantamount to blaming her for Bill’s infidelities. Of course, she’s not responsible for his philandering. But as a fully vested member of Bill’s political operation, Hillary had as much interest in forcefully rebutting allegations of sexual misconduct as he did.
The Clinton campaign in 1992 reportedly spent $100,000 on private-detective work related to women. The approach, when rumors first surfaced, was to get affidavits from women denying affairs — the reflex of most women is to avoid exposure — and, failing that, to use any discrediting tool at hand.
Hillary was fully on board. When a rock groupie alleged that a state trooper approached her on Governor Clinton’s behalf, Hillary said “we have to destroy her story.”

Critics are linking Bill Clinton's actions to Hillary because they see Hillary's defense of her husband as something much worse than Trump's obscene comments. To the critics, Hillary is a corrupt politician who is willing to do anything to get the presidency. It shows just how far she's willing to go to trade her morals and ethics for power. 


Conservatives are also taking the chance to point out liberal hypocrisy. While they're not supporting Trump, nor are they saying his statements were okay, conservatives think liberals aren't making a stand for morality—but rather they're taking the chance to dump on Trump. Bill Clinton has done some very sketchy things, but he doesn't get nearly the amount of flak that Trump does. 

Are allegations of Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct fair game?
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