Juanita Broaddrick, who accused former President Bill Clinton of raping her in 1978, has spoken out about the double standard she sees in the media’s treatment of her allegations compared to the attention given to porn star Stormy Daniels. Ms. Broaddrick has stated that the liberal news media was dismissive of her allegations while embracing Ms. Daniels as a “feminist hero” for her legal tangle with former President Donald Trump.
Ms. Broaddrick came forward in 1999 to accuse Mr. Clinton of raping her in an Arkansas hotel room when he was the state’s attorney general, a charge he denied. It was the most serious accusation among a slew of sexual misconduct allegations lodged against Mr. Clinton over the years. However, she was almost immediately dismissed by Democrats and media pundits, who argued that the incident, if true, happened a long time ago or that she wasn’t credible.
On the other hand, Ms. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, accused Mr. Trump of a consensual extramarital affair in 2006. Mr. Trump has long denied the affair, but he attempted to keep Ms. Daniels quiet about it with $130,000 payments in 2016. Ms. Daniels has been hailed as a “feminist hero” for taking on Mr. Trump, praised for “speaking out on her own terms, loudly and unabashedly.”
Ms. Broaddrick sees a clear double standard between the two situations, with Ms. Daniels basking in the media spotlight and being embraced by it, while she was dismissed and largely stayed out of the public eye outside of brief appearances in 2016 and 2018. Ms. Broaddrick said she has “no respect” for Ms. Daniels’ desire to keep the spotlight on herself while publicly accusing a president of wrongdoing. She believes that Ms. Daniels is being motivated by financial enhancement and not for personal self-respect of doing the right thing.
Ms. Broaddrick’s critics had a change of heart years later, with Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen calling for a fresh look at her claims in 2018. Ms. Broaddrick said she was dismissed simply because Democrats didn’t want to be confronted with the possibility that Mr. Clinton raped her. When she was interviewed as part of independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s investigation of Mr. Clinton, not one Democrat read the transcript.
In conclusion, Juanita Broaddrick’s allegations of rape against former President Bill Clinton were largely dismissed by the media and Democrats, while Stormy Daniels’ allegations against former President Donald Trump were embraced and hailed as heroic. Ms. Broaddrick sees a clear double standard between the two situations and believes that Ms. Daniels is being motivated by financial gain rather than doing the right thing. The media and politicians should treat all allegations of sexual misconduct equally and without bias.
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