Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says Democrats need to “disown” Bill Clinton because of his history as a “sexual predator.”
“I think he’s not particularly the greatest role model for the women’s rights movement,” Paul said in an interview posted Wednesday on NewsmaxTV. “And so I think if they want to be credible in saying that they defend women’s rights in the work place, they really need to disown and really return any contributions that Bill Clinton’s either raising for people or giving to people.”
“I think for the movement to proceed on and have any consistency they need to dissociate themselves from him,” Paul said.
Paul explained that in politics today, politicians are often called upon to return contributions from “unsavory” characters.
“You know, all the time, candidates are asked to return money if an unsavory character gives you money. What if that unsavory character is your husband? What if that unsavory character is Bill Clinton raising money for people across the country? And what if he were someone that was guilty of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior in the workplace?” Paul said.
“Obviously having sex with an intern in the office is inappropriate by any standard,” Paul said of Clinton. “And where are the women who believe in women’s rights, the women who allege some kind of war is going on by the other party? Where are they to stand up and say, you know what, maybe Bill Clinton isn’t the best representative of our party since he really depicts what’s gross and wrong with workplace harassment.”
Asked if he thinks Clinton is a “unsavory character,” Paul replied: “Yeah, I mean a predator. A sexual predator, basically repetitive… There’s dozens of – or at least a half a dozen – public women who have come forward.”
Paul, a likely candidate for president in 2016, has made similar points in recent interviews after Paul’s wife suggested Clinton’s infidelity should complicate his return to the White House, if his wife Hillary runs again.