Juanita Broaddrick believes there is a double standard for how the media covers sexual assault allegations and says the “Me Too” movement has left women like her behind.
Speaking with the Daily Caller Monday, Broaddrick opened up about her experience of accusing Bill Clinton of rape and the marked differences between how journalists are handling her accusations versus the accusations which have erupted against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
“As I watch what is happening now I think, my goodness the double standard,” Broaddrick said of the Kavanaugh allegations, “I saw the media sit on my story and question my allegations. The media downgraded the most horrific event of my life. The Me Too movement has never accepted the Clinton Survivors of the sexual assault. They have never acknowledged me or Kathleen Willey or Paula Jones. They want nothing to do with us.”
Broaddrick was volunteering for Clinton’s gubernatorial campaign in 1978 when she claims she met him in her hotel room at Clinton’s request. According to Broaddrick’s retelling of the encounter to The Washington Post:
Arriving later in the lobby, he called and asked if they could have coffee in her room instead because there were too many reporters in the lobby, Broaddrick said. “Stupid me, I ordered coffee to the room,” she said. “I thought we were going to talk about the campaign.”
As she tells the story, they spent only a few minutes chatting by the window — Clinton pointed to an old jail he wanted to renovate if he became governor — before he began kissing her. She resisted his advances, she said, but soon he pulled her back onto the bed and forcibly had sex with her. She said she did not scream because everything happened so quickly. Her upper lip was bruised and swollen after the encounter because, she said, he had grabbed onto it with his mouth.
“The last thing he said to me was, ‘You better get some ice for that.’ And he put on his sunglasses and walked out the door,” she recalled.
Several friends of Broaddrick and her former husband corroborated the story, saying that Broaddrick had a puffy upper lip after the encounter and was in a state of shock. She told multiple friends that “she had been raped by Bill Clinton” according to reports. Broaddrick kept quiet about the encounter for decades until Kenneth Star contacted her under the authority of the Clinton investigation.
When asked why she remained silent, Broaddrick said bluntly, “Bill Clinton was the police. What do you do when your sexual abuser is the top law enforcement official in the state?”
Bill Clinton was the attorney general of Arkansas at the time of the alleged rape. Broaddrick finally spoke to the media about the incident, choosing to open up to NBC News about the past behavior of a sitting president. “NBC held my interview after the impeachment proceedings were over against Bill Clinton,” Broaddrick said. “The media said I was lying and that my allegations were not true. They asked why was I waiting for 20 years. I cried all over again.”
“After Hillary Clinton lost the election, the media finally began to believe me,” Broaddrick said, citing stories written in major media outlets in her defense.
Broaddrick, an ardent Trump supporter, was hesitant to believe the allegations made against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford however. She cited Ford’s timing and lack of firm details in her retelling of the account.
“They wanted the sensationalism in the 11th hour,” Broaddrick said of Senate Democrats sitting on the sexual misconduct allegation throughout Kavanaugh’s lengthy confirmation hearing, “This woman came forward and they held it till now. This is an weaponization of the sexual assault.”
Broaddrick compared Ford’s retelling of the experiences with her own traumatic experience. “When I went through her accounting of what had happened, I cannot imagine not knowing where you were and who was there and when it happened. I remember everything that had happened to me. Friends found me immediately after the rape and witnessed the condition I was in. I remember all the specifics, the exact time it happened, 8:30 in the morning.”
Multiple psychologists disagree on how memory is stored and recalled after a traumatic experience.
One memory that is clear as day for Broaddrick was what she said to Clinton years later when he attempted to apologize to her after announcing his candidacy for president.
“I told him, ‘You go to hell.'”