Juanita Broaddrick is using social media to remind the world that Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton tried to silence her when she accused Bill Clinton of raping her in 1978.
“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,” Broaddrick tweeted Wednesday.
The former president’s attempt to hit the campaign trail on behalf of his wife prompted Broaddrick to remind the world of the time he allegedly raped and bit her lip before saying, “You better get some ice on that.”
“Was dreading seeing my abuser on TV campaign trail for enabler wife, but his physical appearance reflects ghosts of past are catching up,” Broaddrick tweeted on Tuesday.
ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega confronted the former president on Monday about his past.
“If I may, Mr. President. Donald Trump says your past is fair game. I’ve got to ask you, you going out on the trail: Is it fair game?” Vega asked.
“I think there’s always an attempt to take the election away from the people, so I am just going to give it to them,” Clinton replied after an extended pause.
Accusations of sexual assault against the former president took center stage in recent weeks when Republican front-runner Donald Trump was accused by Democrats of being sexist. The billionaire told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie Dec. 29 that Bill Clinton’s past is “fair game” any time his wife’s campaign insinuates that he does not respect women.
Some of the accusations Trump will reference if attacked by Democrats include:
- Eileen Wellstone’s claim that Clinton raped her in 1969. The two allegedly met at an Oxford pub.
- Gennifer Flowers’ claim that she was Clinton’s mistress for 12 years.
- Kathleen Willey, a former White House aide, claimed Clinton sexually assaulted her Nov. 29, 1993.
- Paula Jones sued Clinton for sexual harassment in 1994. The lawsuit was dropped in 1998 after an $850,000 out-of-court settlement was reached.
Broaddrick confirmed her Twitter account with the Hill on Friday. She said she has not used it much since 2009 because she is unfamiliar with the social media platform.
One medium Broaddrick powerfully leveraged to tell her story is television. She gave a widely watched interview to NBC’s “Dateline” in 1999 after intense vetting.
“All of a sudden, he turned me around and started kissing me. That was a real shock,” Broaddrick said of Clinton. “I first pushed him away. Told him no. Please don’t do this. He then said something like, ‘Did you not know why I was coming up here?’ Then he tries to kiss me again … biting on my lip.”
Clinton then forced her down on the bed, she said.
“This was very frightening. I tried to get away from him, and I told him no,” she said. “He was just a vicious, awful person.”
Broaddrick’s story was also told by author Candice Jackson in her book, “Their Lives: The Women Targeted by the Clinton Machine.”
Jackson shared an excerpt from her book with WND in 2005:
She felt “a little bit uneasy” meeting him in her hotel room, but felt a “real friendship toward this man” and didn’t feel any “danger” in him coming to her room. When Clinton arrived she had coffee ready on a little table under a window overlooking a river. Then “he came around me and sort of put his arm over my shoulder to point to this little building and he said he was real interested if he became governor to restore that little building and then all of a sudden, he turned me around and started kissing me. And that was a real shock.” Broaddrick pushed him away and said, “No, please don’t do that” and told Clinton she was married. But he tried to kiss her again. This time he bit her upper lip. She tried to pull away from him but he forced her onto the bed. “And 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.” But he “was such a different person at that moment, he was just a vicious awful person.” At some point she stopped resisting. She explained, “It was a real panicky, panicky situation. 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.”
Clinton didn’t linger long afterward. “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. And before he goes out the door he says, ‘You better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.” The whole encounter lasted less than 30 minutes, but it changed Juanita Broaddrick’s life forever.
David E. Kendall, the Clinton’s then-personal attorney, denied Broaddrick’s charges in a statement released by the White House in Feb. 20, 1999.
“Any allegation that the president assaulted Ms. Broaddrick more than 20 years ago is absolutely false,” Kendall said, the Washington Post reported.