When it comes to allegations of sexual assault, the media usually rallies around the victim. In fact, they almost always do, unless you accuse former President Bill Clinton. One of Slick Willy’s accusers, Kathleen Willey, traveled to the second presidential debate last night, along with Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathy Shelton. Jones and Broaddrick have accused Clinton of sexual harassment and rape respectively; Jones got an $850,000 settlement from Clinton. Shelton was dragged through hell when Hillary defended her rapist and got him to plead down to a lesser charge on a technicality. She was 12-years-old at the time of her assault.
Willey has accused Clinton of sexually assaulting her, though ABC News’ Tom Llamas and NBC’s Hallie Jackson don’t seem concerned about that—they’re more interested if they feel like Trump is using them as political props. So, remembers guys, the media thinks rape and sexual assault are serious, serious issues, until the Clintons become involved. Kyle Drennen of Newsbusters clipped the exchanges:
TOM LLAMAS: Two of the women telling me after the debate they did not feel like they were being used by Trump.
[TO KATHLEEN WILLEY] Do you think Donald Trump used you as a political prop today?
KATHLEEN WILLEY: No. Not at all.
LLAMAS: You don’t think you were just there to scare Hillary Clinton?
WILLEY: I don't feel – if I felt that way, I wouldn't be here. Hillary Clinton is a fake feminist. A champion of women does not attack the victims of sexual assault. Period.
LLAMAS: Now both Bill and Hillary Clinton have denied those accusations. One of the accusers told me last night she was not paid to be there. But the campaign did cover their travel costs.
HALLIE JACKSON: Among the women Trump was referring to, Paula Jones, who sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment. The suit, settled in 1998 for $850,000 and the provision Clinton did not have to admit any wrongdoing.
Kathleen Willey, a former White House volunteer aide who said Clinton assaulted her during his first term. Clinton denied that allegation. An independent prosecutor later found there was insufficient evidence to prove the claim.
And Juanita Broderick, who accused Clinton of raping her while he was running for governor of Arkansas in 1978. Clinton was never charged and denied the accusation. Initially, Broderick filed an affidavit saying there was no assault, but later recanted. Their presence at the debate seen as a political stunt and distraction by top Clinton campaign officials.
[TO KATHLEEN WILLEY]: Do you worry you're being used as a distraction by Donald Trump to change the conversation?
KATHLEEN WILLEY: Absolutely not. No.
JACKSON: Why not?
WILLEY: Well, because I think we have a message. I don't think I'm a distraction.