Hillary Clinton is back in the headlines. No, it’s not due to her book. It’s not due to her emails. It’s not due to her going on another rampage against James Comey, the FBI, the media, or the Russians. She’s back in the headlines because in the midst of the MeToo moment, she decided to keep a sexual harasser, and senior aide, on her staff during her first presidential run in 2008 (via NYT):
I find it hard to believe Hillary Clinton would stand by and protect someone accused of sexually harassing a young subordinate.— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) January 26, 2018
A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young subordinate was kept on the campaign at Mrs. Clinton’s request, according to four people familiar with what took place.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job.
This account was based on interviews with eight former campaign officials and associates of Mrs. Clinton.
They said the campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, and other senior campaign officials discussed the situation involving Mr. Strider and Mrs. Clinton’s response at the time. Some of them were troubled that he was allowed to remain on the campaign.
The complaint against Mr. Strider was made by a 30-year-old woman who shared an office with him. She told a campaign official that Mr. Strider had rubbed her shoulders inappropriately, kissed her on the forehead and sent her a string of suggestive emails, including at least one during the night, according to three former campaign officials familiar with what took place.
The complaint was taken to Ms. Doyle, the campaign manager, who approached Mrs. Clinton and urged that Mr. Strider, who was married at the time, be fired, according to the officials familiar with what took place. Mrs. Clinton said she did not want to, and instead he remained on her staff.
Both Strider and Ms. Doyle declined to comment for the Times, though the publication added that Mrs. Clinton has been a source of inspiration for the MeToo movement, which has seen a surge of women coming forward about sexual harassment and assaults in the workplace. Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, has a history of sexual misconduct, including credible rape allegations.
In other words, why was she seen as an inspiration for this movement? You don’t need a Ph.D. to see that this could be an issue. Just like it was an issue when Hillary said that female accusers of assault sexual have the right to be believed, which is a 180-degree turn from how she reacted to her husband’s accusers. She destroyed them. At the same time, the same feminist icons cheering on this MeToo movement vociferously defended Bill, adding that he thinks and votes the right way (i.e. he’s a liberal Democrat). That was the crux of their defense. Some feminists have come around to say that this full-throated defense of Slick Willy was wrong. They’re right. Isn’t this an enabling of rape culture? Well, it seems Crooked Hillary exhibited the same behavior.
Deplorable pic.twitter.com/ysKtYGiI4D— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) January 26, 2018
Strider was eventually fired for his workplace antics.