The Democratic Party is effectively thumbing its nose at the #MeToo movement with its invitation to former President Bill Clinton to appear as a speaker at the Democratic Convention tonight.
The invitation also establishes a new bar of hypocrisy with regard to criticism by party officials of the sleazy history of Republican President Donald J. Trump.
On Tuesday, The Daily Mail, ran a photograph of a victim of the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein giving Clinton a neck massage in 2002. Clinton, then 56, had a sore neck after he reportedly fell asleep in a chair aboard Epstein’s private jet, otherwise known as the Lolita Express. The jaunty group was en-route to Africa on behalf of Clinton’s foundation to raise awareness about poverty and the AIDS crisis.
The Daily Mail said Epstein’s accused madame, Ghislaine Maxwell, currently in jail facing criminal sex trafficking charges, encouraged Chauntae Davies, 22, to give Clinton a massage while the group was refueling at a small airport in Portugal. Clinton reportedly asked Davies: “Would you mind giving it a crack.” Davies is one of 30 women who have brought legal claims against Epstein’s estate after his suicide while in jail last year.
Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that Tara Reade, who accused Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her when she was a Senate aide in 1993, called Clinton’s invitation “unconscionable.”
And the Post reports Juanita Broaddrick, who has long maintained that Bill Clinton, now 73, raped her in 1978 when she was working as a nursing home administrator in Arkansas, said she too was disappointed by the former president’s speaking slot.
Clinton’s most famous “indiscretion” was a tryst in the Oval Office with a 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. He initially denied the affair but later admitted it.
On the first day of the convention, former first lady Michelle Obama decried President Trump’s lack of empathy. “That’s not just disappointing, it’s downright infuriating,” she said at one point.
What kind of empathy are the Democrats showing to the brave women who overcame their fear in recent years to stand up to sexual harassment and abuse by powerful men?
Clinton claims he had limited contact with Epstein but The Daily Beast did an investigation that tells another story. Clinton took multiple trips on Epstein’s plane, including a flight to Westchester with Epstein, Maxwell and an “unnamed female.” Maxwell went to Clinton’s daughter’s wedding. Epstein and Maxwell allegedly attended several White House functions while Clinton was president, dating back to 1993.
Other speakers at Tuesday’s convention are Jill Biden and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, last month called out the ongoing acceptance of “violence and violent language against women” in an impassioned speech on the floor of the House after she was insulted by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-FL, for suggesting that poverty and unemployment are causing the crime increase in New York City.