An exhaustive Fox News report indicates that former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden seem to be losing support from typically left-leaning messengers who are now beginning to take allegations of their bad behavior towards women seriously in the wake of the plethora of new sexual misconduct stories coming to light in Hollywood and beyond.
According to FOX:
[Biden] is taking some heat in liberal publications over past claims of inappropriate touching. The allegations against Clinton are far more serious and longstanding — but while Clinton family allies brushed them off during the heated 2016 presidential race, liberal writers and commentators suddenly have gained an appetite for revisiting them.
New allegations of sexual assault and abuse are sweeping the nation, as major Hollywood players, high ranking Media personalities and powerful politicians are being accused on nearly a daily basis, all beginning with mega-producer Harvey Weinstein.
Implicated are actors Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., George Takei and Steven Seagal; MSNBC’s Mark Halperin; Senate candidate Roy Moore (R-Ala.); and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), among others.
The renewed interest in sexual abuse allegations has brought Clinton and Biden under renewed scrutiny. FOX says that a tweet sent out last Friday by MSNBC host Chris Hayes may have sparked the “reckoning.” Hays wrote: “As gross and cynical and hypocritical as the right’s ‘what about Bill Clinton’ stuff is, it’s also true that Democrats and the center-left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him.”
Comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted about the allegations against Moore, writing, “Imagine being molested by an older man. Then that man denies ever doing it and then goes on and gets elected to United States Senate. What kind of message does that send to young girls everywhere? And men to all the men who abuse women?”
That prompted a response from Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Bill Clinton of raping her in April 1977 and accused failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of intimidating her into silence.
Broaddrick wrote, “Yeah, [Chelsea Handler]. I can imagine. I was raped by the Arkansas [attorney general] who then becomes Governor & President and NBC held my interview explaining the rape until after his impeachment hearing. But I’m sure you don’t want to go there.
In a break from the norm, Handler responded to Broaddrick with contrition. She wrote, “I’m sorry I’m just seeing this, @atensnut. You are right and I apologize to you for not knowing your story. Democrats along with Republicans and the rest of the world’s political parties all need to do better and respect the firsthand accounts of victims. I believe you.”
Michelle Goldberg, a New York Times liberal columnist, wrote this week that she also believes Broaddrick. “Democrats are guilty of apologizing for Clinton when they shouldn’t have,” she wrote. “It’s fair to conclude that because of Broaddrick’s allegations, Bill Clinton no longer has a place in decent society.”
The New York Times also published a news story in which it said: “It may be time [for liberals] to rethink their defense of the 42nd president.”
Vox additionally published a column, titled, “Bill Clinton should have resigned,” that said what Clinton “did to Monica Lewinsky was wrong,” and that “he should have paid the price.”
“Had he resigned in shame, we all might have made a collective cultural and political decision that a person caught leveraging power over women in inappropriate ways ought to be fired,” Vox opined. “Instead, we lost nearly two decades.
Turning to Biden, FOX points out that the former vice president “does not face the kind of allegations against Bill Clinton,” however he has “faced criticism over photos showing him with his hands on women.” The Huffington Post and the Daily Beast both released columns calling Biden out for questionable behavior.
“Biden is the wrong guy to bear the standard of any party purporting to speak for the victims of unaccountable power,” Huffington Post wrote.
The Daily Beast stated:
This isn’t just based on whispers or rumors; there are so many photos and clips of Biden looming over, or massaging, or gently nuzzling, or whispering to, or kissing women and girls who don’t seem all that into it. Right now, a society grappling with men, power, sexual exploitation, and consent does not need Joe Biden’s highlight reel playing alongside Rep. Jackie Speier’s pledge to fight sexual harassment on the Hill.