Leslie Millwee, a former reporter for local Arkansas TV station KLMN-TV, has accused former president Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting her three times in 1980, while Clinton was governor of Arkansas…Millwee told Breitbart she interviewed Clinton about 20 times publicly and also met with him in KLMN-TV’s newsroom. She said he groped her and rubbed his genitals on her while they were alone in KLMN-TV’s small editing room.
“He came in [to the editing room] behind me, started hunching me to the point that he had an orgasm,” she told Breitbart’s Aaron Klein. “He’s touching, trying to touch my breasts and I’m just sitting there very stiffly, just waiting for him to leave me alone. And I’m asking him the whole time, ‘Please do not do this. Do not touch me. Do not hunch me. I do not want this.’ And he finished doing what he was doing and walked out….Breitbart also interviewed three of Millwee’s friends, who said Millwee told them in the late 1990s about the alleged assaults.
…Millwee’s accusations are new, and Breitbart, which published a 19-minute video interview with Millwee, has been supportive of Trump and dismissive of the numerous women who have accused him of sexual assault. The site is led by Steven Bannon, who took a leave from Breitbart to serve as CEO of Trump’s campaign.Millwee said she considered coming forward in the late 1990s, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, but she was intimidated after seeing how the media treated other women who accused Clinton of sexual assault.
“I almost came out during the Monica Lewinsky and Kathleen Willey situation,” she said. “I watched that unfold a little bit. I was very prepared to go forward then and talk about it, and I watched the ways the Clintons and Hillary slandered those women, harassed them, did unthinkable things to them, and I just did not want to be part of that. I had very small children at the time, I had a job at pharmaceuticals, it was a very conservative situation. I didn’t want to do anything to bring harm to my career and my family.”
Millwee said she decided to finally go public now because she believes that the media still has not held Clinton accountable for his alleged sexual assaults. A Breitbart spokeswoman said Millwee reached out to Breitbart on her own “months ago after Hillary’s ad that sex assault victims have a right to be heard.”
1. Please, God, if Chris Wallace starts to ask Hillary or Trump a question about this, just strike him down dead, or turn him into a pillar of salt, or something. Please.
2. Should she be believed? Well, the news media has certainly behaved as if all of the women who came out with Trump accusations after the Billy Bush tape should be believed, and, I hate to harp on this, but Hillary says women who make accusations of sexual assault have a right to be..no, wait, sorry. That statement doesn’t apply to Bill’s accusers. My bad.
3. Of the major news media, so far only the New York Times has deigned to report Millwee’s claims, in contrast to the entire journalistic establishment leaping on one Trump accuser’s story after another last week. Go ahead, media bias-deniers: explain that. I agree that accusations against a current Presidential candidate is bigger news, but an explosive accusation against the assumed First Lady in Waiting is certainly news, and the news factor is magnified when that individual is a former President. If a man had accused Ann Romney of sexual assault in October of 2008, do you not think the networks would have reported it within seconds?
4. It’s a pity she gave the story to Breitbart, the sleezy Trump-bought website. On the other hand, how better to ensure that the story would be reported? Once again we see how a biased conservative news media is an unfortunate but necessary counter-measure to biased liberal news media.
5. The accusation, even if completely true, and it certainly appears credible, doesn’t make Donald Trump look better or mitigate his words, character or conduct in any way.
6. The account does, however, make the claims of alleged Clinton rape victim Juanita Broaddrick and alleged assault victims Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones more believable, and they were pretty believable already.
7. If accurate, boy did the United States have a sick, sociopathic criminal bastard as President for eight years! That’s a disgusting story. Let’s ask Democrats if they find Bill’s conduct more disgusting than Trump’s conversation with Billy Bush, which, they said, mandates his dropping out of the race. Let’s ask them how they would characterize someone who willfully assists a man in getting away with such a revolting act, and by doing so allows him to continue preying on other women, to protect her own power base? Would they characterize such a women as a feminist? A loyal wife? A champion of women?
8. Does the film “Spotlight” cause any bulbs to go off? Boston Archdiocese? Catholic Church? Tell me, O Hillary Corrupted: What’s the difference?
9. I wrote a post recently in which I imagined a hypothetical Hillary Clinton secret video in which she admitted to all of the worst allegations and accusations regarding her. I just as easily could have framed many of the same issues with a hypothetical that followed Leslie Millwee’s actual claims, with questions from that post such as these…
Would the mainstream news media treat this video with the saturation coverage that the NBC tape has received?
Would the news media attack the methods by which the video was obtained as a deflection?
Would the Washington Post moderate or retract its endorsement that stated,
“There is a well-qualified, well-prepared candidate on the ballot. Hillary Clinton has the potential to be an excellent president of the United States, and we endorse her without hesitation.” ?
Would any publication retract its endorsement? Any prominent columnists? Which ones?
Would any prominent Democrat publicly condemn Clinton’s words and admitted conduct, or retract his or her support?
What would Elizabeth Warren say in response? Bernie Sanders? Barack Obama?
Would a significant number of Hillary voters switch their preference to Trump? Would any?
10. Nice going, Leslie, you waited 36 years after the attack, 24 years after the 1992 campaign, 18 years after Clinton’s impeachment trial, 16 years after Hillary was elected Senator purely on the basis of her association with this wonderful man, four years after Democrats made Clinton the most hypocritical key-note speaker in world history when he gave his speech to a Democratic National Convention dedicated to women’s rights—women’s rights!-— to the cheers of feminists and adoring journalists, six months after the Democratic primaries, and less than three weeks from this election. Meanwhile, in those 36 years, how many women did Bill Clinton abuse, and Hillary Clinton intimidate? You had an ethical duty to report this guy long ago. Yes, some risk was involved. You allowed cynical, power-abusing, hypocritical wrongdoers to prevail on a national scale, with terrible consequences to individuals, the nation, society, politics and the culture.