Why didn't the metoo movement do something about Bill Clinton...?
A. I don't think they were really a movement. Just a trend. B. Clinton didn't rape anybody his most credible accuser Broaddrick (of just an affair not rape) had zero evidence they were even ever together).
- Anonymous6 months agoFavorite Answer
Because #MeToo came about after Clinton had stopped being president. The term was originated in 2006, five years after Clinton left office, but it only really took off in 2017 in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. That's more than fifteen years after Clinton left office. There has been a reassessment of Clintons legacy in recent years, and his treatment of women. But it's not as relevant, or newsworthy, as the sexual misconduct of people who are still important. like Donald Trump. If Hillary had won the 2016 election then this might be a different story because he would have still been a public figure as "First Gentleman".
At the time, feminists and others weren't so critical of Clinton because his misconduct was, seemingly, all about consensual affairs. The central scandal of his presidency, Monica Lewinsky, was about a sexual relationship which even his supporters considered personally inappropriate but which was, by the testimony of everyone involved, fully consensual. In fact, Lewinsky was more eager for the relationship to continue than Clinton was. Clinton had a long history of rumors of sexual indiscretions but they were almost all consensual. They weren't, with a few exceptions, cases of alleged sexual harrassment or assault. People like Gennifer Flowers were women who had wanted to have sex with Clinton. Again, while personally inappropriate, and hurtful to his wife, these weren't criminal or abusive. Then there are the exceptions. Juanitta Broaddrick is the long accusation of sexual assault/rape against Clinton. Her story is more credible than you suggest, but people mostly ignored it at the time. She made her claims for the first time very late in the Clinton presidency, after the Lewinsky scandal had consumed all the attention. Even Clinton's political enemies at the time didn't pay much attention to Broaddrick. She made her claims and they kind of went nowhere. The other exception was Paula Jones, and her claims of sexual harrassment dogged Clinton for years. This was also in the wake of the Clarence Thomas hearings which really did a lot to publicize the idea of sexual harrassment. At the time, many Clinton defenders excused his conduct with Jones as being just a bad pick up attempt. Unlike Thomas conduct with Anita Hill, this wasn't a recurring thing. According to Jones' own account, Clinton propositioned her, she turned him down, and that was it. Clinton defenders didn't consider this sexual harrassment but instead a failed pick up attempt. Jones, significantly, did not suffer any retaliation from Clinton due to her refusal of a sexual relationship. In fact, IIRC she was promoted at her job after turning him down. I think that Clinton supporters at the time, however, didn't give enough thought to how Jones, a low level Arkansas state employee, would have felt being summoned to the Governor's hotel room by police and propositioned for sex. I don't think that there was enough thought given to how intimidated she would have felt and how traumatized such an incident might make her.
- rickLv 76 months ago
Everybody keeps forgetting that Slick Willie's "victims" were all volunteers.