For years Democrats tolerated his mistreatment of women and Hillary Clinton’s collusion in the whole thing. But that was then.
Not only did they put aside misgivings because they love Clinton, but he was also a money-raising machine guaranteed to draw crowds for Democratic candidates. Now, as Democrats try to weaponize the #MeToo movement to win elections, Bill Clinton is no longer convenient to have around, thank you very much.
According to Politico:
Democrats are looking to embrace the #MeToo moment and rally women to push back on President Donald Trump in the midterms—and they don’t want Bill Clinton anywhere near it.
In a year when the party is deploying all their other big guns and trying to appeal to precisely the kind of voters Clinton has consistently won over, an array of Democrats told POLITICO they’re keeping him on the bench. They don’t want to be seen anywhere near a man with a history of harassment allegations, as guilty as their party loyalty to him makes them feel about it.
“I think it’s pretty tough,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), vice chair of the House Progressive Caucus and one of the leading voices in Congress demanding changes in Washington’s approach to sexual harassment. His presence “just brings up a lot of issues that will be very tough for Democrats. And I think we all have to be clear about what the #MeToo movement was.”
After booting Sen. Al Franken precisely because they wanted to draw a clear contrast with Trump, Democrats across the party’s ideological and geographical spectrum acknowledged the political trouble that any appearance with Clinton would cause.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel sorry for Bill Clinton. He’s had quite a nice ride despite all the people he abused and the slimy things he did along the way. It’s just, please don’t take Democrats too seriously about being the defenders of women when for a quarter of a century they allowed the Clintons to represent them.