NEW YORK –Wikileaks released a bombshell email Thursday morning leaving no doubt the Hillary Clinton team worried early in the presidential campaign cycle that Bill Clinton was vulnerable to being attacked as a rapist and serial abuser of women on a par with Bill Cosby.
The email was written by Clinton adviser Ron Klain, a former aide to Vice President Joe Biden, to John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The subject line in the Jan. 12, 2012, email, marked “High” in importance, was “‘Political’ Questions.”
The explosive set of four questions were listed under the category “WJC [William Jefferson Clinton] Issues”:
1. Is his conduct relevant to your campaign?
2. You said every woman should be believed. Why not the women who accused him?
3. Will you apologize to the women who were wrongly smeared by your husband and his allies?
4. How is what Bill Clinton did different from what Bill Cosby did?
WND reported Brent Budowsky, a well-known progressive in Los Angeles who formerly served as legislative assistant to one-time vice presidential candidate Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, raised to Podesta the same issue in an email two days earlier, Jan. 10.
Budowsky references an unnamed person “close to the Clintons” who had been found telling prominent unnamed members of the media that “WJC’s [William Jefferson Clinton’s] sex life could be damaging to [Hillary Clinton].”
‘Bill Clinton is a rapist’
Trump put the issue on the agenda immediately before the second debate when he spoke to media with a panel of Bill Clinton accusers, Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey. A fourth woman, Kathy Shelton, joined the panel because the man she accused of raping her in 1975, when she was 12 years old, was defended in court by Hillary Clinton. In a recording of an interview 10 years later, Clinton appears to be laughing about getting the plea reduced by suppressing evidence of the defendant’s guilt.
Prior to the second debate, Candice Jackson, author of the 2005 bestselling book “Their Lives: The Women Targeted by the Clinton Machine,” announced the creation of the Their Lives Foundation, focusing on the attacks by Hillary Clinton on her husband’s victims in her march to the Democratic Party nomination for president.
Meanwhile, showing up increasingly at Clinton campaign rallies is a T-shirt with Bill Clinton’s image designed by veteran campaign consultant Roger Stone, based on the stylized street poster produced for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Infowars.com has aggressively marketed the shirt, offering a reward of up to $5,000 for anyone who displays the shirt on TV for five seconds or can be heard saying, “Bill Clinton is a rapist.”
Women wearing the T-shirts were seen marching in St. Louis before the Washington University debate.
On Oct. 3, in an outdoor spot on 6th Avenue in New York City, a man shouting “Bill Clinton is a rapist” interrupted a broadcast less than 24 hours after Infowars launched its campaign.
Since then, various protesters shouting “Bill Clinton is a rapist” have disrupted multiple Bill Clinton rallies.
Clinton’s ‘other women’ problems
WND reported in May that Stone and co-author Robert Morrow in their 2015 bestselling book “The Clintons’ War on Women” argue that supporters of Hillary Clinton who attempt to deflect Trump’s criticism in the ongoing “war on women” debate by insisting she is not to blame for her husband’s serial infidelity and alleged abuse miss the point. They contend Hillary Clinton enabled Bill Clinton by adopting an aggressive strategy to silence her husband’s sexual-abuse victims.
The point Stone and Morrow stress is precisely the argument Trump has made during his presidential campaign: Any woman who dared come forward to claim she was abused by Bill Clinton risked a Hillary Clinton counter-attack characterized by intimidation, threats and character assassination.
“The Clintons have jointly abused an incredible number of people in their seemingly charmed scramble for power and money,” Stone and Morrow wrote in their introduction to the book, arguing that Hillary, by attacking Bill’s sexual victims, is an accomplice after the fact, sharing with Bill the criminal liability for his illicit sexual behavior
“Despite Hillary’s ambition to first elect Bill president and then follow him to the White House, Bill was reckless in his epic philandering and open cocaine use during his period as attorney general and governor,” Stone and Morrow comment. “It fell to Hillary to silence his victims and other witnesses, and she rationalized his outrageous behavior rather than hold accountable her sexually abusive and cocaine-driven husband.”
Stone and Morrow conclude the Clinton’s marriage has always been a sham and that offenses “have not only included Bill’s physical rape of women, but also Hillary’s degradation and psychological rape of the women whom Bill has assaulted.”
Hillary vows to destroy Dolly
Dolly Kyle, in her WND bestseller published by WND Books, “Hillary the Other Woman: A Political Memoir,” casts new light on the Clintons’ scandals in her recounting of her decades-long extramarital relationship with Bill Clinton.
As WND reported May 5, it was love at first sight when Kyle met Bill Clinton on a golf course in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1959 when she was 11 years old and Billy – as she has always called him – was 12.
Kyle’s love affair with Bill Clinton stretched over several decades until 1992, when he ran for the presidency.
Kyle testified against him in 1997 in the Paula Jones sexual-harassment case. Jones was the Arkansas state employee whose sexual harassment lawsuit led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial and an $850,000 out-of-court settlement while her lawsuit was on appeal.
Kyle’s description of the viciousness with which Hillary Clinton attacked her after she decided to go public with the details of her relationship with Bill Clinton validates the central argument of Stone and Morrow in “The Clintons’ War on Women.”
Hillary only objected when Kyle threatened to tell the truth through her deposition in the Paula Jones case.
As far as Kyle could figure, Hillary’s motivation in seeking to destroy her was not jealousy. What Hillary feared was the possibility that exposing Bill Clinton’s many sexual indiscretions, including some that were potentially criminal, would disrupt Hillary’s ambition to become president.
“Hillary and Billy’s later attempts to destroy me ran the gamut from planting false stories in national publications to pretending that I didn’t exist,” Kyle writes. ”Billy would later lie about me under oath in a federal lawsuit, and he would suborn perjury to get another person to lie about me too.”
Kyle insisted Hillary knew exactly what she was doing.
“I’m not sure I ever discovered the full extent of Hillary’s attacks on me because she used various publications to do her dirty work of discrediting me,” Kyle finally concludes: “There appears to be no limit to what Hillary will do to destroy her perceived enemies. I wonder how long it will take her female supporters to realize that they are not her ‘longtime friends’ any more than I was. They are votes for her, pure and simple.”
In the final analysis, Kyle finds Hillary’s claim to be a defender of women to be brazen hypocrisy.
“In her speeches and on her website, without giving any evidence of what she has done, Hillary states that she has been fighting for women for over forty years,” Kyle notes. “She is confused again. She has been attacking women for over 40 years.”
Kyle ends by daring the news media to ask Hillary to come clean on her role as an enabler of Bill Clinton’s alleged acts of sexual violence committed on scores of women, most of whom Kyle maintains have yet to come forward.
“Try to confront Hillary, or ask her nicely, about how she has attacked the women who had sex with her husband,” Kyle dares all Hillary supporters. “See if she ever invites you over for tea and cookies after that.”