Hillary Clinton is taking a lot of heat from fellow leftists for her role in covering up for a campaign staffer who was accused of sexual harassment during her 2008 campaign. In the middle of the #MeToo movement, her unwillingness to fess up to doing the wrong thing isn’t winning her any additional bonus points from her party or supporters.
The report of the incident surfaced on Friday in The New York Times and revealed that Clinton protected her former aide, Burns Strider, even though there were allegations that he touched a 30-year-old female staffer inappropriately and sent her e-mails of a sexual nature. Clinton’s then-campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, looked through the evidence and recommended Strider be fired. However, Clinton made sure that he only received a slight punishment of some counseling and docked a few paychecks. Strider was married at the time of the alleged incidents.
On Monday, Doyle appeared on CNN and said then-Sen. Clinton made “the wrong call:”
“The incident was brought to my attention and, you know, I did my due diligence. I interviewed all the parties involved. I looked at the evidence. I looked at some emails he had sent. I looked at other documents and came to the conclusion that there was sexual harassment involved; that the young woman was very credible. And my recommendation to the senator was to fire him. And I was overruled.”
Unlike Strider, his alleged victim didn’t make out so well. Clinton had her reassigned and forced her to sign a nondisclosure agreement. As The Daily Caller noted, at Strider’s next job after Clinton lost the nomination to Barack Obama, similar allegations against him surfaced. While secretary of state, Strider and Clinton kept in close contact.
Instead of apologizing for her appalling actions that have now come to light, Clinton took to Twitter and tried to make nice by saying all women should be heard:
Allowing female victim’s of sexual predators be heard is not a Clinton strong suit.
Her attempts at reconciliation were too little, too late. Criticism flowed hard from her side of the aisle. At The Washington Post, Ruth Marcus roasted Clinton in a column and derided her for turning #MeToo into #SoWhat:
“Classically, infuriatingly, this episode and its aftermath exposes, once again, the trademark Clinton failure to take personal responsibility; the allergy to owning up to error; the refusal to cede any ground, no less apologize; the incessant double-standarding with different, more forgiving rules for the Clintons and their loyalists.”
Conservatives have been saying this for quite a while. Took them long enough to notice!
Marcus asked her readers to “imagine Hillary Clinton” simply admitting to a “lapse in judgment" at the time. However, Marus said that Hillary Clinton “doesn’t exist.”
NPR reporter Susan Davis wrote on Twitter:
Yet, Clinton continues acting like the top hipster feminist, even to the point of telling “activist bitches” to keep supporting other “bitches.” She thinks very little of other women, doesn't she?
H/T Fox News