On the night CNN aired a controversial and, as many legal critics call it, flawed documentary on sexual assault on college campuses, Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton tweeted solidarity with victims of sexual assault. The response could not have been what she was hoping for.
The link in her tweet went to a campaign webpage on sexual assault on campus that starts with a quote from a speech Hillary gave in September: “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you.”
Clinton’s original tweet…
Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported. https://t.co/mkD69RHeBL
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2015
…was immediately greeted with a crush of reminders of allegations against her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for sexual assault and even rape.
@HillaryClinton @winniemli Cough * Juanita Broaddrick* cough.
— Sean MacBiggerstaff (@Seanchuckle) November 23, 2015
Except for those who survived your husband? “@HillaryClinton: Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, & supported”
— Yes, Nick $earcy! (@yesnicksearcy) November 23, 2015
.@HillaryClinton Well, this is awkward….. pic.twitter.com/0CTzIO3HjF
— The Real Bepo (D) (@TheRealBepo) November 23, 2015
.@HillaryClinton What do you think the over/under is on the number of women your husband raped? pic.twitter.com/B0gj0FrDwh
— The Mad Hessian (@TheMadHessian) November 23, 2015
MT @HillaryClinton: Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported. pic.twitter.com/zDZHW66tE3
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 23, 2015
@HillaryClinton Wow,does this include the girl whose rapist you defended & laughed off? What about Bill's offences, shouldn't they be heard?
— Denise Wendel (@MemphisGrits) November 23, 2015
RT @HillaryClinton: Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported. pic.twitter.com/EikzmN65WR
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) November 23, 2015
— Sam Miller (@miller_929) November 23, 2015
— Lisa Lu (@lisalunu) November 23, 2015
@HillaryClinton uh yeah about that…. pic.twitter.com/vT5DaN7Zs3
— Dale Johnson (@blaubok) November 23, 2015
There were hundreds and hundreds of similar responses from Twitter users.