When former President Bill Clinton took to the stage Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention to make a case for his wife and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by humanizing their “love story,” Clinton failed to mention the at least 13 times he allegedly assaulted other young women throughout their marriage.
“In the spring of 1971, I met a girl.” Bill began his speech talking about how Hillary introduced herself to him while at college at Yale. Bill went on to describe the many times he proposed to Hillary, before she finally agreed after he bought her a house.
Thirteen women added to their voice to the record over the years. Eileen Wellstone, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, Sally Miller Perdue, Mary Jo Jenkins, Dolly Kyle Browning, Gennifer Flowers, Carolyn Moffet, Paula Jones, Sandra Allen James, Christy Zercher, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Monica Lewinsky all came forward to allege that Bill either had an affair or sexaully assaulted them.
Monica Lewinsky was the most famous of Bill’s alleged lovers, because his lies under oath about the affair were central in the Clinton impeachment campaign. Gennifer Flowers also came forward about her alleged 12-year affair with the former president.
Dolly Kyle Browning wrote a book outlining the 14 year alleged affair, and former Miss Arkansas Sally Miller Perdue reported she had an affair with Bill.
The other women to come forward all alleged to have been sexually assaulted by the former president. The first complaint came from Eileen Wellstone, who was a 19 year old college student at Oxford when the incident is alleged to have taken place in 1969.
Most media outlets praised the speech, calling it a “moving love story” designed to introduce the “real” Hillary Clinton to a strongly divided Democratic Party. Liberal Pundit Rachel Maddow parted with the consensus, calling the speech “shocking and weird” because Bill only started out by calling Hillary “a girl.”
Maddow asserted that Bill shouldn’t have called someone who could be the first woman president of the United States simply “a girl,” adding that the speech wasn’t a feminist speech.
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