Donald Trump apparently doesn’t need facts, ever, especially not when he is mad at a woman, and he is MAD at a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC for eviscerating him with his own words. So, to retaliate against her, he has called Bill Clinton the worst abuser of women in U.S. political history — and it begs the question as to whether or not this is worthy of a libel charge.
Amazing that Crooked Hillary can do a hit ad on me concerning women when her husband was the WORST abuser of woman in U.S. political history
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2016
Simply put, Trump is full of sh*t.
Loads of it, tons of it, more of it than the money he ever will have, or ever has had. Of course, this isn’t really a subjective measure, it’s an opinion, something that according to the way he talks, Trump thinks is indistinguishable from fact. So, let’s look at some facts: Bill Clinton had consensual oral sex with a female intern, got kinky, and stretched the truth by saying he “did not have sexual relations with” her, Monica Lewinski.
Now, let’s have a look at some excerpts of U.S. Political History:
Before the turn of the 20th Century
- Thomas Jefferson, former president, fathered several children on his slave, Sally Hemmings. Hemmings was actually his late wife’s half-sister, and as a slave was not able to give her consent to sex with the man who owned her. Just because it was legal, doesn’t make it right (1802).
- James Henry Hammond, who called his sexual relations with his teenage nieces “a little dalliance,” also raped female slaves, including a little girl aged 12. The affair with his nieces would force Hammond to withdraw from his Senate bid in 1846. The sick man would later become a U.S. Senator, again, in 1857.
Between 1900 and 1989
- William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, was a hound dog, pursuing women while married and serially divorcing and re-marrying, scandalous at the time. He was also accused of molesting a flight attendant in his judicial chambers. He survived impeachment because there wasn’t enough “evidence” against him. (1960s)
- John Schmitz, Representative (R-CA), leader of the insane ultra-conservative John Birch Society, admitted to having a second family. However, he allowed the two children he fathered to become wards of the state, absolutely refusing to support them, the rat.
- Ernie Konnyu, Representative (R-CA), Konnyu, repeatedly accused of harassment, liked to blame women for his own lack of self-control. He once asked a female aide to move her name tag because it was “drawing attention to her breasts.” He would later bloviate that “She is not exactly heavily stacked, OK?” In another instance, he reportedly touched the knee of lobbyist Polly Minor during lunch, which caused a scene. His behavior may have accounted for his replacement the following June. (1987)
Through the Clinton years, 1990 – 2000
- Robert Packwood, Senator (R-OR), resigned his office after 29 women came forward with claims of sexual harassment, abuse, and assaults. His own diary, which boasted about his victims and his “sexual conquests,” would later belie his denials of any wrongdoing. (1995)
- (Special mention) Helen Chenoweth-Hage (R-ID), actually called for the resignation of Bill Clinton, and then in 1998 admitted to indulging in a six-year affair with a married rancher. She said: “Fourteen years ago, when I was a private citizen and a single woman, I was involved in a relationship that I came to regret, that I’m not proud of….I only wish I could have learned the lessons sooner.” (1998)
- Bob Barr, Representative (R-GA), also had an affair while married. Barr had jumped in right away and was the first lawmaker in congress to call for Clinton’s resignation due to his indiscretions. (1999)
- Dan Burton (R-IN) who fathered a child with a former state employee whom he was having an affair with in 1983 would address the heinous behavior of Republican Robert Packwood (victimizing at least 29 women) and lump it together with Bill Clinton’s affair with Lewinski, saying: “No one, regardless of what party they serve, no one, regardless of what branch of government they serve, should be allowed to get away with these alleged sexual improprieties….”
- Robert Livingston (R-LA), called for the resignation of Bill Clinton and later, when his own affair became public, his own wife would encourage him AND Bill Clinton to resign. (1998)
- Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at the same time he was leading the impeachment of Bill Clinton was having an affair with his intern while he was married to his second wife. He would later resign because of it. (1998)
- Henry Hyde (R-IL) in 1998 Hyde would admit to having an affair with a married woman and pulled the “youthful indiscretion” card, after it was outed by the press. A revelation which took place as Hyde was spearheading the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
- Pete Domenici (R-NM) voted for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998. In 2013, Domenici would confess that he had cheated on his wife, and fathered a son with prominent Republican government relations consultant and television commentator in the 1970s while married.
Bill Clinton never abused a woman — he had consensual oral sex and then tried to play word semantics. However, during the same DECADE in which Mr. Clinton made his mistakes, and was nearly crucified for saying he didn’t, all of these people who participated in his overblown witchhunt had been, or were currently, involved in their own scandals.
And, regardless of that fact, Robert Packwood would definitely “win” the abusive asshole of the decade award, clearly showing that Trump’s statement is a “pants on fire” level lie, to borrow a phrase.
That didn’t stop them from attempting to impeach Bill Clinton for what they, themselves were doing. Typical conservatives, “do what I say, not what I do.”
Also typical of conservatives: blaming a woman for her husband’s mistakes.
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