In September of this past year, Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows when she tweeted a message to survivors of sexual assault.
“You have the right to be heard,” she wrote. “You have the right to be believed.”
Odd for someone whose husband has such an extensive trail of sexual assault victims in his past.
It wasn’t just a one-off message.
In November she wrote, “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.”
She even added that message to her campaign website:
Clinton was referring to campus sexual assaults, but the statements caught the attention of one person in particular – Juanita Broaddrick.
In 1999, Broaddrick, a former nursing home employee, accused Clinton’s husband Bill of raping her decades earlier when he was a gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas.
She responded to Hillary’s comments about the right to be believed on social media, and her message went viral:
I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 6, 2016
How did Hillary respond to Broaddrick’s assertion that Bill had raped her?
Well, she didn’t believe her.
In fact, she specifically and deliberately removed that phrase from her website:
You’ll note the quote ends after the sentence “you have the right to be heard,” omitting the statement “you have the right to be believed.”
Here is a top and bottom comparison:
Another redditor pointed out that Hillary Clinton’s campaign website appeared to have made some edits to its “campus sexual assault” page. Last winter, website archives show, a September 14, 2015, quote from Hillary ran across the top:
“I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: 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.”
In February, shortly after Broaddrick’s viral tweet made headlines, the line “you have the right to be believed” was cut from the text. A video of the full remarks, that line included, is currently on the page. The Clinton campaign declined to comment on the change.
Is this merely coincidental, or did Hillary remove the statement about a presumption of truth intentionally after a woman she clearly does not believe came to social media prominence?
Despite Hillary’s claims, she has never believed her husband’s accusers, no matter how many there might be.
Earlier this year, video resurfaced of Hillary in 1998 threatening all of the women who have made accusations against her husband.
“I think we’re going to find some other things,” she said about digging into these women’s pasts. “And I think that when all of this is put into context, and we really look at the people involved here, look at their motivations and look at their backgrounds, look at their past behavior, some folks are going to have a lot to answer for.”
Perhaps Hillary should answer why she scrubbed her campaign website “like, with a cloth” after a victim of sexual assault came forward regarding her husband.