I’m tired of hearing that Hillary Clinton is a champion of women. If that was true, she’d be a champion of ALL women, and frankly, she isn’t. Despite what she is proclaiming on the campaign trail during this election cycle, Hillary Clinton has a history of degrading and climbing over women in her quest to get to the top. I am tired of her pretending to be something that she isn’t: a champion of women.

If you think Hillary has always been the champion of women she’s pretending to be in 2016, it’s time to open your mind, open your eyes, and opens your ears to what the women who have actually known Hillary have to say about the relationship. Hillary Clinton lauds herself as a champion of women and recently said on the campaign trail that sexual assault accusers must be “heard, believed, and supported” but her actions speak louder than her words, and she does not practice what she preaches.

1) Let’s start with something that no one denies: The Monica Lewinsky Scandal. The famous “I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman” speech has solidified the scandal into the memory of our country.  We certainly have not forgotten about it as Hillary sends Bill out to campaign for her.  Monica Lewinsky was a White House Intern at the time of the affair. A young and impressionable young woman who would have a very hard time saying no to the most powerful man in the world, should be a proposition to her. After Hillary found out, how did she react? Did she act like a true champion of women and stand beside this young, impressionable woman who made a mistake with an older, more powerful man who was known to abuse his power? No. Instead, Hillary Clinton called little Monica Lewinsky a narcissistic loony toon. Isn’t that the champion of women we know and love?

While that is enough to make us cringe, the real horror stories arise when you listen to the stories of the multiple women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting them, both before and during his tenure in the White House.

2) In 1978, Bill Clinton was running a gubernatorial campaign in Arkansas.  During that campaign, he raped Juanita Broaddrick, so she claims.  Broaddrick stepped back into the spotlight this year when she spoke out against Hillary’s campaign. Why, you ask? She could not stand the idea of someone who had stood by her rapist to be president of the United States. “Hillary tried to silence me,” Broaddrick wrote in a tweet earlier this year. What happened to hearing, believing, and supporting accusers, Hillary?
3) As if that wasn’t enough, then there is Paula Jones, who sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in the 1990s.  Paula Jones claims that Clinton sexually harassed her in an Arkansas hotel room.  Do you think Hillary came to her aid? Do you think Hillary heard, believed, and supported her? Just like in every other case, no.  But should we give Hillary the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she didn’t know what her husband was doing. Think again. Jones says, “’There is no way that she did not know what was going on, that women were being abused and accosted by her husband.” Is that the kind of woman we want in the White House? The kind of woman who knows about sexual harassment happening and willfully ignores it for her own personal gain?

4) Then, there is Gennifer Flowers, another potential victim of Bill Clinton who has been outspoken about the crimes committed against her by Bill and swept under the rug by his wife. In a lawsuit filed in 2000, Flowers claimed that Hillary, the champion of women, “ran a war room” to attack Clinton’s opponents, including women who might be able to derail his campaign by speaking out about their treatment at the hands of the future president. To top it off, the Democratic frontrunner also purportedly called Flowerstrailer trash.” That’s how you support a sexual assault victim, right, Hillary?

At the end of the day, Hillary Clinton is still going to be out there on the campaign trail claiming to be a champion of women. There are countless women going to bed still dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault at the hands of Hillary’s husband. If Hillary wants to be a champion of women, she needs to start championing all women. If Hillary wants sexual assault accusers to be “heard, believed, and supported” she should start with the sexual assault accusers accusing her beloved husband, the man she sends out on the campaign trail to stump for her.  The moral of the story is that Hillary is no champion of women, and that’s coming straight from the mouth of the women who have had first hand experiences with her.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member