State rep. asks Hillary about Juanita Broaddrick; media labels her a heckler
DERRY, N.H. (UPI) — Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton was heckled about her husband Bill Clinton’s sex scandals at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Sunday.
The heckler, a Republican state representative named Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien, was mostly drowned out by boos and shot down by Clinton. But she told CNN after the event that she was attempting to raise questions about the allegations of rape leveled at Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton didn’t address O’Brien’s questions or concerns, which appeared to be yelled out of turn.
“You are very rude and I’m not never ever going to call on you,” Clinton told her. “Thank you.”
O’Brien told CNN that she wanted to ask about Juanita Broaddrick’s rape allegations against Bill Clinton, saying she herself had been a victim of rape.
Though rumors of her story circulated for many years, Broaddrick only went public with her allegations in 1999, accusing Clinton of raping her nearly 20 years earlier when he was running for governor of Arkansas.
“I asked her how in the world she can say that Juanita Broderick and Kathleen Wiley are lying when she has no idea who Juanita Broaddrick is,” O’Brien told CNN. “She told me this summer she doesn’t know who she is and doesn’t want to know who she is. How can she assess that they are lying, which she told someone last month?”
At a campaign event last year in Iowa, Clinton told a crowd that rape victims deserve to be believed.
This isn’t the first time Clinton has been challenged on the discrepancy between her comments on rape and her opposition to her husband’s accusers.
As The Hill reported last month, a town hall attendee brought up the issue with Clinton — even earning a response.
“You say that all rape victims should be believed, but would you say that about Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones?” an unidentified woman asked. “Should we believe them as well?”
“Well, I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved on evidence,” Clinton told her.
In 1994, Jones, a former Arkansas state employee, sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment. It was the Jones case that led to the revelation of Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and to the perjury charge against Clinton that led to his impeachment by the House of Representatives on Dec. 19, 1998. Clinton ultimately paid $850,000 to Jones to settle the sexual harassment case.
Kathleen Willey was a volunteer at the White House who in 1998 went public with a claim that President Bill Clinton had sexually assaulted her in 1993, during his first term.
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