Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) on Monday said that Hillary Clinton’s husband’s sex life is fair game for the 2016 campaign because she has tried to have a double standard.
A day after a New Hampshire state legislator heckled Clinton about her husband’s sex life during a campaign event, Jeffrey T. Kuhner, a WRKO radio host in Boston asked Paul if sexual harassment and assault claims against former president Bill Clinton “and her role in trying to cover it up and protect him” were a legitimate campaign issue.
Paul initially replied that it is not “necessarily her fault,” that “her husband has committed serial infidelities,” but then slammed the former Secretary of State for having spoken out against sexual assaults in a recent campaign speech.
“A couple of weeks ago, she brought up in a speech, and she said ‘People, women who are victims of sexual assaults, should be believed until disproved,” Paul argued. “And there have been many who have accused Bill Clinton of these same sort of activities.”
In September, Hillary Clinton spoke out in support of college students who have been victims of campus assault. “Today I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault,” she said. “Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed and we’re with you.”
Paul argued that talking about sexual assault exposes Clinton to attacks on herself and her husband over his sexual history: “Hillary Clinton has brought this on herself, by saying women should be believed, and yet she was big on calling all of the women that accused Bill of his different advances and harassment and possibly other allegations, she was big on calling them the ‘bimbos,’ maybe having a ‘bimbo alert’ so she could stifle this.” He added, “The question is can she have it both ways: can she be this champion of women who were victims of sexual abuse, except when it applies to her husband. I think it’s difficult for her.”
The alleged 1978 sexual assault the host referenced – made by a woman named Juanita Broaddrick – were examined by both Ken Starr and the House Republicans investigating his impeachment. Broaddrick said in a deposition and sworn affidavit that the claims were false, but later recanted.
Listen to the interview: