Bill Clinton’s Rape of a Campaign Worker

1978 ?, Van Buren, Arkansas, Bill Clinton on a visit to Juanita Broaddrick's (right) nursing homeIt’s recently occurred to me that many of you voting in this presidential election may not have been born during the Clinton’s many scandals.  I’m going to give you the Cliff Notes version and if you decide to do more research on your own, so be it.  If not, you’ll have the foundation of at least one of the issues with the Clinton’s.

If you’ve ever wondered why Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has called Bill Clinton a rapist, here’s the context.  I’m going to urge you to read this recount of the rape through the lenses of the 1970’s, you know, before twitter, Facebook and before women were given the benefit of the doubt when accusing men of rape.

Her account begins in 1978, when then-Juanita Hickey was a 35 year-old Clinton campaign worker, and Attorney General Bill Clinton, who was running for governor of Arkansas, visited a nursing home where she worked as a nurse.

According to the transcript of an NBC Dateline report on Broaddrick, during that campaign stop, Clinton reportedly invited her to visit his campaign headquarters in Little Rock. Broaddrick, who was planning to go to Little Rock the following week for a seminar, called Clinton’s headquarters when she arrived and said she was surprised to be greeted on the phone by a staff member who seemed to be expecting her call. The aide directed her to telephone Clinton at his apartment.

“I did call and ask him if he was gonna be at the headquarters that day and he said no he didn’t plan to be there,” Broaddrick said. “He says, Clinton said, ‘Why don’t I just meet you for coffee in the Camelot coffee shop?’”

Broaddrick said the seminar was being held at the Camelot Hotel in Little Rock.

Clinton, however, reportedly called back later and asked if they could meet in her hotel room because there were reporters in the coffee shop.

“Did you have qualms at all about him coming to the room?” asked NBC interviewer Lisa Myers.

“I was a little bit uneasy,” Broaddrick replied. “But, I felt, ah, a real friendship toward this man and I didn’t really feel any, um any danger in him coming to my room.”

Within minutes of his arrival to her room, Broaddrick stated that Clinton moved closer to her as they looked out the window on an old jailhouse near the Arkansas River. Clinton, she said, told her he had plans to renovate the jailhouse when he became governor.

Fairly quickly after that conversation, however, Broaddrick said she was shocked when Clinton put his arms around her and then began kissing her.

“I first pushed him away and just told him, ‘No, please don’t do that,’ and I forget, it’s been 21 years, Lisa, and I forget exactly what he was saying,” Broaddrick said. “It seems like he was making statements that would relate to ‘Did you not know why I was coming up here?’ and I told him at the time, I said, ‘I’m married, and I have other things going on in my life, and this is something that I’m not interested in.’”

“Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip,” said Broaddrick, crying. “He starts to, um, bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. … And then he forces me down on the bed.” Elaborating, she said, “I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him, ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen … but he wouldn’t listen to me,” she continued. “He was such a different person at that moment, he was just a vicious awful person.”

Broaddrick told Myers she stopped resisting at one point.

“It was a real panicky, panicky situation,” she said. “I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to ‘Please stop.’ And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip.”

Broaddrick told Myers the waist of her skirt and her pantyhose were also torn.

“When everything was over with, he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses,” she continued. “And before he goes out the door he says ‘you better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.”

“Is there any way at all that Bill Clinton could have thought that this was consensual?” asked Myers.

“No. Not with what I told him, and how I tried to push him away,” answered Broaddrick. “It was not consensual.”

“You’re saying that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted you, that he raped you,” said Myers.

“Yes,” responded Broaddrick.

Though there were no witnesses to Clinton entering or leaving Broaddrick’s room, her friend, Norma Kelsey, who shared her hotel room on that business trip to Little Rock, said that when she called Broaddrick at lunchtime, she was upset and crying.

Returning to their room, Kelsey said Broaddrick’s lip and mouth were badly swollen, and her pantyhose had been ripped off. Kelsey said Broaddrick told her she had been sexually assaulted by Clinton.

The two reportedly left Little Rock, and during the drive back home, Kelsey said Broaddrick was very upset and in shock, blaming herself for letting Clinton in her room.

Broaddrick said she never considered going to the police since Clinton was the state’s attorney general at the time.

In response to Myers’ question about why she had not reported the incident 21 years earlier, Broaddrick replied, “I didn’t think anyone would believe me in the world.”

Juanita-Broaddrick-bill2Broaddrick said she herself was still in denial of the assault and was blaming herself for it, when several weeks after the incident she and her first husband actually attended a Clinton fundraiser together.

Clinton continued to call her at the nursing home, Broaddrick told Myers. She said that, on one occasion, he got through to her and asked her when she would be returning to Little Rock.

“I’m not” was her response, Broaddrick said.

Though she had business dealings with the governor’s office over the years, Broaddrick said none concerned Clinton personally. In 1984, however, she received a letter signed by Clinton after her nursing home received an award. According to NBC Dateline, at the bottom of the letter was a handwritten note that said, “I admire you very much.”

Broaddrick said she interpreted the note to mean Clinton appreciated her silence.

Broaddrick went on to say that she had no contact with Clinton until 1991, when she attended a meeting in Little Rock with some friends, an event which NBC Dateline could not confirm due to a lack of records. Broaddrick reported, however, that she was abruptly called out of the meeting, only to find Clinton standing in the hallway. One of her friends confirmed she saw them talking.

Broaddrick said, “And he immediately began this profuse apology, saying, ‘Juanita, I’m so sorry for what I did. I’m not the man that I used to be, can you ever forgive me? What can I do to make this up to you?’ And I’m standing there in absolute shock. And I told him to go to hell, and I walked off.”

Soon after this meeting, however, Broaddrick discovered that Clinton was making a bid for the presidency. Her refusal to come forward with her story before the 1992 election led one of Clinton’s political opponents to suggest she had been paid off.

When Myers asked, “Did you receive any payoff to stay silent?” Broaddrick responded, “Oh goodness, no. I mean how could anyone be bribed or paid-off for, for something that, to not say anything about something that horrible?”

Broaddrick also denied having been threatened or intimidated by Clinton or any of his associates.

Reports of Paula Jones’ allegations against Clinton, however, had come to the forefront during the 1992 presidential campaign. As The Washington Post summarized, Jones eventually filed a lawsuit accusing Clinton, when he was governor of Arkansas, of luring her to the Excelsior Hotel in May of 1991, while she was a state clerk. “During that brief encounter, she said he touched her, tried to kiss her and dropped his pants and asked for oral sex,” the Post stated. Clinton denied the allegation and said he did not remember ever meeting Jones.

H/T Dateline, Breitbart

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