Why Did Clinton Campaign Cut This Line About Sexual Assault from Website?
The website originally quoted Clinton as saying “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you.”
Editors of the social media site Reddit noticed that the final line “You have the right to be believed” had been recently removed from the website, MacCallum said.
At a December 2015 forum, an audience member asked Clinton whether Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Corbin Jones— all of whom accused President Bill Clinton of sexual assault—should be initially believed.
Some of Bill Clinton’s accusers have said Hillary was complicit in some of the alleged cases.
“She wants us to think that she’s a…women’s advocate…a feminist,” Willey said at the time.
At the forum, Clinton responded that “everyone should be believed at first, until they are disbelieved based on evidence.”
Broaddrick, 73, responded on Twitter at the time, saying then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton raped her when she was 35. “Hillary tried to silence me,” Broaddrick wrote.
I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73....it never goes away.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 6, 2016
MacCallum asked Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov whether apparent censoring on Clinton’s website makes her a “hypocrite” on the issue of sexual harassment.
“It does raise that question, and that is what Republicans want to make of it,” Tarlov said, adding that she believed the line in question should not have been deleted, calling it an “error in judgment.”
“We all know this election is not about the 1990s. They’ve litigated this over and over again.”
College Republican National Committee Chairwoman Alex Smith quipped that “We all know Hillary Clinton is good at deleting things.”
Citing a recent poll stating that 11 percent of Americans believe Clinton to be honest and trustworthy, Smith said the situation was the latest case that showed the Democratic nominee may have trouble “putting back together the young Obama coalition” leading up to November.
Tarlov responded by pointing to polling disparities among young voters showing Clinton with a sizeable lead over Republican rival Donald Trump in recent days.