Since the days of his campaign for the presidency in 1992, Democrats have been forced to defend the actions of President Bill Clinton. Whether it be the accusation of rape by Juanita Broaddrick or allegations of sexual harassment by Paula Jones, the Democrats have stood behind him. They fought tooth and nail to protect him during the Monica Lewinsky saga that nearly cost him his presidency. Now though, things might be starting to change. With the tidal wave of women coming forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against various men in all walks of life, Democrats are trying to use it for political gains. They have long been seen as the party of women and, if they can use this movement to gain power in Washington, they will. The problem, though, is Bill Clinton and his past, and what to do about it. This raises an interesting question for the good of the party: Should the Democrats stop defending Bill Clinton?
Those who feel they need to stop defending Bill Clinton think they have to, or be labeled as hypocrites. They argue that Bill Clinton had multiple accusers over the years and, if the Democrats want to go after Roy Moore or Donald Trump, then Clinton must go. The Democrats, for decades, have claimed to be the party of women and, some feel, if they want to keep that moniker, they need to end the defense of him. Some even feel their defense of him has cost them at least two presidential elections and, if they ever want to win another, they must make him face the consequences of his actions alone.
People who feel the Democrats should stand by him think he has paid for his crimes. He endured the process of being impeached and having his private life laid bare for the world to see. Also, they feel he made a mistake and has more than made up for it with all he has done for the world through his foundation and presidency. Finally, they argue that he has not been accused of anything in 20 years and he should be forgiven.
Fox News covering the Democrats rethinking the Clinton allegations:
Should the Democrats stop defending Bill Clinton? Would the Democrats look like hypocrites if they continued their defense of him? Or has he been punished enough and we should all move on?
Yes, they should stop defending Bill Clinton
Those who feel they should stop defending him say that, for the good of the party, they have to stop. They feel that if they want to stay the party of women, then they have to let Bill Clinton face the consequences of his actions alone.
Definitely don't defend him, he also had multiple accusers, not just M Lewinsky. Don't fight investigations, etc. We need credibility, not hypocrisy. But try keeping focus on Trump and moving forward.
— MT Girl (@MTGirl4Good) November 18, 2017
Turn their backs on both of them. Good riddance.
— Phos (@BobCurrer) November 18, 2017
Yes he’s a womanizer and a dirty old man.
— John (@Jhnbastian5443) November 18, 2017
No, they should not stop defending Bill Clinton
People who feel they should not stop defending him say that he apologized and was punished long ago and has, since, more than made up for it. They argue that it was 20 years ago and he has not been accused of anything during that time.
No, they shouldn't. But why are we wasting time talking about him while he's not the one currently to run or hold the office?
— Brandon Horan (@brandon_r_horan) November 18, 2017
Bill and Hills need to be defended by the Dems and the DNC, how dare they abandon them after all they've done for the progressive movement? Why is Obama silent about this??
— AndrewStateCollegePA (@andrew16875) November 18, 2017
No actually BillClinton paid for his misconduct. His foundation does a lot of good around the world. He hasn't repeated his sexual misconduct since he was impeached. As a Democrat his economic policies did a lot of good for America.
— MELODY.P (@JAZZYONEMEL) November 18, 2017
No. Dems should not turn their backs on @BillClinton He cared about this country & he is helping the world. Men make mistakes. He was punished in a thousand ways and so was @HillaryClinton How much blood does this country need to extract?
— DAlliFLA (@DAlliFLA) November 18, 2017
Should the Democrats stop defending Bill Clinton?