Bill Clinton’s Democratic convention speech provoked major backlash from progressive supporters of #MeToo.
Actress and outspoken #MeToo movement advocate Rose McGowan blasted the Democratic Party on the final day of the Democratic National Convention last week in a series of tweets.
“I was raped by a TOP Democratic donor. Hillary Clinton shut down NBC’s exposé of HW [Harvey Weinstein] with one call from her spokesperson. I strongly believe Joe Biden is a rapist. [The] DNC [Democrat National Convention] had Bill Clinton, serial abuser of young women (Epstein & others) speak,” McGowan tweeted, adding: “You want me to be pro-Dem? I know more than you will ever know about their evil. You can hide behind your convenient morality. I won’t.”
McGowan continued to criticize the “failures” of the Democratic Party.
“What have the Democrats done to solve ANYTHING? Help the poor? No. Help black & brown people? No. Stop police brutality? No. Help single mothers? No. Help children? No. You have achieved nothing. NOTHING. Why did people vote Trump? Because of you motherf******,” McGowan fumed on Twitter.
The recent Democrat National Convention refocused the spotlight onto the #MeToo movement as accusations against former president Bill Clinton and the Democratic nominee for president, Joe Biden, have gained stride.
Despite growing awareness of the accusations against the former president and former vice president, the Democratic Party has ignored them. That former President Clinton was asked to speak at the convention- considering accusations against him which Ronan Farrow, the investigative reporter responsible for exposing Harvey Weinstein, has called, “credible,”- especially rankles progressives.
During his speech, Clinton chastised the current administration for its handling of recent events. “At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it’s a storm center. There’s only chaos,” Clinton said seriously.
“Denying, distracting and demeaning works great if you’re trying to entertain and inflame. But in a real crisis, it collapses like a house of cards,” he continued.
Clinton’s scorching remarks about President Trump were overshadowed by critics of Clinton, who pointed out his own past controversies, such as his extramarital affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, allegations of sexual misconduct and assault, and his alleged relationship to deceased pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
Only hours before Clinton’s speech at the DNC, photos were released of the former president receiving a massage from one of Jeffery Epstein’s known victims.
“Is the ghost of Epstein talking after Bill Clinton?” progressive commentator Kyle Kulinski jokingly asked on twitter.
“Interesting choice having Jeffrey Epstein and ghislaine maxwell’s friend bill clinton speak at the dnc while the rest of the party is calling trump a rapist,” Twitch TV host Hasan Piker tweeted.
Erin Gloria Ryan, from Crooked Media was more direct: “His presence reminds women voters that Democrats once excused and enabled a man credibly accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct.”
“You want Bill Clinton to speak but maybe not AOC? Okay, dummies,” tweeted former Sanders campaign advisor Winnie Wong.
Clinton was given approximately 5 minutes to speak on Tuesday, far more than the single minute allotted to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a spearhead in the progressive movement and popular figure on the left. Many Democrats are searching for leaders like Ocasio-Cortez who represent a new vision for the Democratic Party. Many party progressives are anxious to leave behind the moderate politics of the Clinton era.
In response to an article from the Daily Beast entitled, “Why the Fuck is Creepy Bill Clinton Speaking at the Democratic Convention?”, David Rothkopf, a former member of the Clinton Administration tweeted, “I am a former member of the Clinton Admin & I endorse it as well. Bill Clinton does not represent the values of the Democratic Party, did enormous damage to it, and should embrace a quiet retirement. Gore, on the other hand, deserves to be heard. Or give the xtra time to @AOC.”
The #MeToo movement was born in 2016, when women joined together to stop sexual misconduct, hold powerful predators accountable for their criminal behavior, and protect future victims from sexual assault. Now as alleged victims of Bill Clinton and Joe Biden share their #MeToo stories, the movement seems to have become inconvenient.
Tara Reade, former staffer for Joe Biden, made one of the most credible and high-profile accusations of sexual assault we’ve seen since the #MeToo movement began. Reade provided details of the incident, the corroborating accounts of people she told about the assault at the time, and documentary evidence that she actually worked for the Biden campaign, which was confirmed by another former Biden staffer.
Biden has vehemently died Reade’s allegations, saying, “this never happened, and when she first made the claim, we made it clear that it never happened, and it’s as simple as that.”
Even Biden’s VP pick, Sen. Kamala Harris, made it clear to her supporters that she believed some of Biden’s accusers. In April 2019, Harris said she believed the women who have accused Biden of inappropriately touching them.
“I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said.
None of the allegations against Joe Biden at the time of Harris’ statement included rape or sexual assault. Harris has claimed to be a strong proponent of “believe all women,” and showed her vehement dedication to the cause in the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh.
In March 2020, when Tara Reade accused Biden of sexual assault, Harris said she believes, “Reade has a right to tell her story.”
“I believe that, and I believe Joe Biden believes that, too,” Harris continued.
Sen. Harris added she could, “only speak to the Joe Biden I know,” and added that, “the Joe Biden I know is somebody who really has fought for women and empowerment of women and for women’s equality and rights.”
Reade alleges that she reached out to Senator Harris’ campaign for assistance during the primaries, along with Elizabeth Warren’s, but was dismissed. Throughout the Democratic Primary debates, Harris was likely Biden’s strongest opponent.
CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert asked Harris recently about her change in attitude towards Biden once she was nominated as his Vice President pick.
“And now, I believe you that you’re fully supportive of him,” Colbert said to Harris during a recent interview. “How did that transition happen? How do you go from being such a passionate opponent on such bedrock principles for you, and now, you guys seem to be pals?”
“It was a debate,” Harris replied.
“Not everyone landed punches like you did, though,” Colbert reiterated.
“It was a debate,” Harris reiterated while laughing.
“So, you don’t mean it?” Colbert asked.
Harris continued to dismiss her criticism of Biden during the debates, saying “It was a debate. The whole evening, literally, it was a debate. It was called a debate. Everyone traveled to the debate. There were journalists covering the debate, where there would be a debate.”
Whatever Harris means by minimizing her earlier criticisms of Biden, there is no denying that some accusations of sexual assault have been thrown out the door when it concerns fellow Democrats.
Biden should be treated as innocent until proven guilty, regardless of the fact that he said himself during the accusations against Kavanaugh that, “for a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time.”
At the very least, those who argued for a careful look at the evidence in the Ford-Kavanaugh case, including Sen. Harris, should feel obliged to do the same with Tara Reade and Joseph Biden.
(Contributing journalist, Allegra Nokaj) (Contributing writer, Brooke Bell)