“I have twenty times more evidence for my rape by Bill Clinton than Dr. Ford has against Kavanaugh. Democrats turned their backs on me. All women are to be believed as long as they’re not conservatives – and as long as the assault was not done by Democrats.”
That powerful statement by Juanita Broaddrick, made to reporters outside the Senate building where the Kavanaugh committee hearings were taking place, is a chilling condemnation of the Democratic Party, the legacy media, and the leftist controlled #MeToo movement.
Broaddrick’s story and Ford’s account have similarities, but it’s the disparities that provoke a deeper dive into how the stories from two women are replayed in the news media.
Both were sketchy on dates. Both did not report the allegations of a crime(s) to local authorities. Neither woman wanted to have their stories become public. They were, at best, reluctant witnesses thrown into the deep end of the ocean without a life jacket.
On February 19, 1999, famed journalist Dorothy Rabinowitz published an interview with Broaddrick and her allegations of a brutal rape in 1978 by then Arkansas Attorney General, Bill Clinton, in The Wall Street Journal. Then WSJ editor Robert Bartley and writer Rabinowitz believed Broaddrick’s recollections and highlighted in enlarged type that in their view “this was an event that took place.”
Rabinowitz appeared on C-SPAN’s Daybook Interview and fielded questions from call-ins, stood firm on behalf of Broaddrick, and claimed “I don’t think it’s relevant what the polls come up with” – a reference to a USA Today/Gallup poll from March 2, 1999, claiming many Americans didn’t believe the allegation of rape.
So, what is Broaddrick’s story?
Clinton, on the campaign trail for governor of Arkansas, stopped into the nursing home that Broaddrick ran in Van Buren, Arkansas. He invited her and her friends to come to his campaign headquarters the following week to pick up swag – buttons, t-shirts, signs – and she agreed. She was due in Little Rock that week for a nursing convention. Although she doesn’t recall the exact date in April, American College of Nursing Home administrators do have records of such an event and Broaddrick was there.
The conference was held at the now defunct Camelot hotel. Broaddrick says Clinton met her in the lobby, claiming he wasn’t going to be at his campaign office that day. She asserts he suggested they adjourn to her room to speak of campaign matters – away from the prying eyes of the press. She alleges that shortly after arriving at the room, he attacked her. She resisted, so he pulled her onto the bed and violently raped her.
What she says happened next is unsettling:
“The last thing he said to me was, ‘You better get some ice for that.’ And he put on his sunglasses and walked out the door.”
Her friend, Norma Rogers, was with her at the conference and found her “shaken,” with pantyhose “ripped at the crotch” and her mouth bloody and beginning to bruise. Rogers continued to publicly corroborate the story after Broaddrick came forward.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is one of the latest pawns, dredged up by the left, to thwart efforts to confirm a Supreme Court Justice. Ford does not remember where she was, only that she was at a party with alcohol and prep-school boys. She named names, and declared that Kavanaugh “rubbed up” against her, yet not one of the witnesses she has named has corroborated her story, although some have said they “heard” about a party but weren’t in attendance.
In 1999, the media coverage of Broaddrick’s allegations – including polls coming out against her in newspapers claiming her story was too hard to prove – was a joke. In one blatant instance of biased media, with an obvious goal of protecting President Clinton, NBC News held onto the story. They refused to run a story that was counterproductive to their narrative. NBC correspondent Lisa Myers conducted a videotaped interview with Broaddrick – and buried it. But when pressure mounted thanks to Rabinowitz’s detailed interview in the WSJ, they finally ran the piece.
#MeToo my A**
Ford has the power of the legacy media and former child actress, Alyssa Milano, fawning over the woman and demanding that we believe her story.
In fact, Americans are expected to believe any woman now claiming sexual assault – whether yesterday, last century or last week – with or without any evidence or corroboration whatsoever.
Well, not so fast.
If you are a conservative woman, or perhaps a victim of the Clintons – or any Democrat for that matter – #MeToo will have nothing to do with your story. You are on your own, and from what I can tell, it’s a brutal, lonely place. In fact, maybe “You’d better put some ice on that.”