Bernie Asked About Bill Clinton's Sexual Misconduct, Wholly Ignores It

"Women...have to be first class citizens...which is now not the case."

On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders couldn’t be bothered with past Democratic sleaziness, particularly when there was an opportunity to engage in hollow talking points. Host Jake Tapper asked Sanders a surely-uncomfortable question about Bill Clinton’s history of sexual misconduct:

“I have a question about this new environment that we’re in. A lot of people are re-examining past allegations against folks like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas or President Bill Clinton.”

Sanders was no doubt bracing himself after that introduction. Tapper continued, putting the senator in the position of going against either a fellow congressional Democratic or the revered William Jefferson Clinton:

“Your colleague Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said this week that Bill Clinton should have resigned after it came out that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a White House intern. Do you agree with Senator Gillibrand?”

Not surprisingly, Bernie — being both a politician and a Democrat — wholly ignored the question:

“Look, I don’t think that at this moment our goal is to look back 20 years or 30 years. Our goal is to go forward, and our goal is to understand that we have a real crisis in this country today within the political world, within the corporate world, within the media world where women are being harassed every single day.”

So the victims of the past don’t count? Sanders rolled on in his misdirect, hitting bizarrely on abortion and then moving to the absolute lie that women make less than men:

“And our job is to change that culture, but it’s not only harassment on the job. Right now we’re seeing the situation in Washington and in states all over this country, a major effort to take away a woman’s right to control her own body. Major struggles to take away women’s reproductive rights. Women are making 80 cents on the dollar compared to men.”

Sanders harped on the value of women, but in his appraisal of their worth, he was contradicting his refusal to condemn a man whose history stands in stark contrast to that appreciation. Instead of addressing his party’s greatest misogynistic stain, the socialist played up the need for women to become “equal citizens,” in the process downplaying the need for justice to be served:

“The world has changed and we have not caught up with that, and obviously what has got to happen is women have got to be treated as equal citizens, have to be comfortable at work, and have to be first class citizens in this country which is now not the case.”

Bill Clinton has never been held accountable by the media or Democrats -- let alone the courts -- for all the sexual misconduct of which he has been accused. Like his corrupt wife, he enjoys amnesty for the sake of his party's advancement. On Sunday, for all Bernie Sanders's talk of being outside the system of corrupt politics, the self-described "moral" Democratic Socialist made clear that he is a willing, partisan player in the continued effort to protect Slick Willie, principles be damned.

 

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