I know, I know. It’s just so shocking, isn’t it?
A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young subordinate was kept on the campaign at Mrs. Clinton’s request, according to four people familiar with what took place.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job.
Mr. Strider, who was Mrs. Clinton’s faith adviser, a co-founder of the American Values Network, and sent the candidate scripture readings every morning for months during the campaign, was hired five years later to lead an independent group that supported Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 candidacy, Correct the Record, which was created by a close Clinton ally, David Brock.
He was fired after several months for workplace issues, including allegations that he harassed a young female aide, according to three people close to Correct the Record’s management.
Yes, who would have thought that the woman who spent so much time managing her husband’s “bimbo eruptions”, slagged his accusers, wanted to paint Monica Lewinski as a psycho and thanked Juanita Broaddrick for keeping her rape to herself would do such a thing?
According to the NYT, Clinton’s staff wanted Strider fired but were over-ruled.
These people never cared at all. They’re just afraid now that The Reckoning is closing in. It’s too late to not be complicit. Hillary Clinton has zero credibility on the issue of sexual harassment. And the Democratic Party that pushed her on us as its candidate has basically no credibility either.
Exactly. As poor as the response of private industry has been to allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the response of the government has been even poorer. Yeah, Al Franken stepped down (at least in part because he could be replaced by another Democrat). But he was the first to ever do so based on allegations. The Democrats tolerated Ted Kennedy’s behavior for decades, they tolerated Bill Clinton’s behavior for decades, they said nothing about a Congressional slush fund used to pay off victims. Now, all of the sudden, they want us to believe they care? They sacrifice one goofball from Minnesota and that’s supposed to prove their bona fides?
(Note that this also is yet another illustration of how every single one of Hillary Clinton’s political instincts are terrible. Firing Strider would have taken guts and might have been a two-days story on the news. But it would have shown that Clinton took sexual harassment seriously. Not firing him kept his behavior quiet but is now creating a different kind of scandal.)
During the campaign, Trump was rightly called out for his treatment of women. Trump’s response was to bring Bill Clinton’s accusers to the debate. While it was derided as a stunt — and it kind was — it also worked because it reminded people that the Democrats do not care about this stuff when it’s their guys. Clinton’s behavior does not make Trump’s OK, obviously. But it serves as a crystal clear indication that the difference between the two parties, if any, is one of degree, not kind.