In 1999, Juanita Broaddrick gave an interview where she accused then-President Bill Clinton of raping her during his 1978 campaign for Arkansas governor. In the interview, Broaddrick, who campaigned for Clinton, revealed how Clinton allegedly treated her.
When asked if there was any way Clinton could have thought it was consensual, Broaddrick told NBC: “No, not with what I told him and with how I tried to push him away. It was not consensual.”
Broaddrick said that three weeks after the alleged assault, she participated in a small Clinton. Broaddrick said she went because she was “in denial” and felt guilty because she believed she might have given Clinton the wrong idea.
She says when she arrived at the event, Hillary Clinton approached her to thank her for all she'd done for their family. She recounted how Hillary took her hand and said: "I just want you to know how much Bill and I appreciate what you do for him.”
When Broaddrick moved her hand away, she says, Hillary Clinton held on to her and said, "Do you understand? Everything that you do." Broaddrick said she felt "nauseated" and quickly left. Broaddrick said she interpreted the incident as Hillary Clinton thanking her for keeping quiet.
Last year, Broaddrick reemerged to support Donald Trump's presidential campaign. On Monday, she explained why she would support Trump given the sexual assault allegations against him, reported Yahoo.
"Constantly asked about allegations against Pres. Trump. My reply: 'All allegations of sexual assault should be respectfully heard and given a fair assessment.' I can only speak to my situation because I was there and lived it," Broaddrick wrote in a tweet on Monday.
"Why did I support President Trump? I was raped by Bill Clinton & threatened by Hillary Clinton," she continued in a follow-up tweet. "I supported the one person who I believed had the chance of preventing my rapist and his enabler from being sent to the White House and back in the seat of power."
Broaddrick also commented on TIME's Silence Breakers cover. She criticized the magazine for not ultimately including her.
According to Broaddrick, she was initially interviewed by TIME, but she did not see any of her quotes or contributions make the final coverage.
"Time magazine asked to interview me re:#metoo movement. The comments I gave were deemed of no value. I'd like to know why. Could it be I didn't fit in their liberal victim mold," she said in a tweet last week.
What do you think about Broaddrick's comments? Should Clinton be persecuted in the same way other men accused of sexual assault have been?