Monday, July 18, 2016

#DonaldTrump and #HillaryClinton: Is #childsexualabuse an #election issue?

Right or Left Children Don't Count

Hillary Clinton doesn’t talk directly about child sexual abuse but we can figure out what she may think by looking at her history. Hillary Clinton professes to be a champion of women and girls, but one woman who was raped as a 12-year-old in Arkansas told the Daily Beast she doesn’t think Hillary deserves that honor.  In fact, she says: “Hillary Clinton Took Me through Hell.”  The woman was the victim in a 1975 sexual abuse case that was Clinton’s first legal defense – for the rapist.  This woman says Hillary knew the accused rapist was guilty but used dishonest tactics to get her attacker off with a light sentence (one year) when he could have spent 30 years to life in prison.

The victim had only spoken to the media once about her attack in 2008. She is speaking out now after she heard Clinton talk about her case on newly discovered audio recordings from the 1980s. The Washington Free Beacon found the tapes archived at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, part of thousands of pieces of Clinton history being slowly released and made public. On the tapes, Clinton appears to say that she was aware of her client’s guilt, brags about successfully getting the only piece of physical evidence thrown out of court, and laughs about it.

“He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,” Clinton says on the recording, failing to hold back some chuckles.

In a long, emotional interview with The Daily Beast,  the victim accused Clinton of intentionally lying about her in court documents, going to extraordinary lengths to discredit evidence of the rape, and later callously acknowledging and laughing about her attackers’ guilt on the recordings.

In the audio recordings, taped by Arkansas reporter Roy Reed, who for some reason never published them, Clinton tells how she discovered that investigators had cut out and lost a section of the rape suspect’s underwear that they said contained the victim’s blood. Clinton then brought the remaining piece of underwear to a blood expert in Brooklyn, NY, and tried to convince him to lend his heavyweight reputation and influence to her defense case.  Clinton said, “And so the, sort of the story through the grapevine was, if you get him interested in the case, then you know you had the foremost expert in the world willing to testify so that it came out the way you wanted it to come out.”  When she told the judge that the famous expert was willing to testify, instead of the original charge of first-degree rape, the prosecutors let the rapist plead to a lesser charge: unlawful fondling of a child. He was sentenced to one year behind bars, with two months reduced for time served. A second attacker was never charged.

In her interview with The Daily Beast, the victim told what the rape did for both her childhood and adult life. A virgin before the assault, she spent five days afterwards in a coma, months recovering from the beating that accompanied the rape, and over 10 years in therapy. She never married or had children. She turned to drugs, went to prison, but has been sober and stable for several years, living on disability.  She doesn’t believe that Clinton can be a role model for women or president of the United States.  She is concerned that speaking out will make her a target for attacks, but she no longer feels she is able to stay silent.

Some other facts give us an idea of Hillary’s mind set. Kathleen Willey is a former White House aide who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault. Willey told The Daily Caller about tactics she believes Hillary used to order the suppression of her deposition. Despite Hillary’s claims that she is a running a campaign of “love and kindness,” Willey said that in the months leading up to her deposition, “all I felt was fear and terror.”  She found a dead cat found on her porch, there was a man under her deck at night, and a stranger in her out-of-the-way neighborhood asking threateningly about how her children were doing.

So she was enraged when she hear Hillary Clinton say, “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.”  Willey said that nobody in the mainstream media has ever had the nerve to ask Clinton anything about what she was responsible for doing to all of the victims of Bill Clinton. Willey said, “And believe me, she is the one behind all of the terrorization, and the trashing of all of us who have suffered at his hands. She’s behind it all. She’s hired the private investigators, she’s done it all.”

Hillary has come out about campus sexual assault, saying that it needs to end. In this case she said, “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.”   We won’t find out whether this is just campaign speak or not – but it does sound contrary to some of her former comments.

Donald Trump

There is no specific information on Trump’s campaign website about his views on child sexual abuse. He has, however made comments that show that he puts his own interests above those of sexually abused people.  

At a rally in Pittsburgh last April, Donald Trump spoke to a group of football fans and said:

“I know a lot about Pennsylvania, and it’s great. How’s Joe Paterno?” he asked the crowd, reading from a piece of paper, “We gonna bring that back? Right? How about that whole deal?”  He was referring to the statue of football coach Joe Paterno that used to stand outside of Penn State’s football stadium.  That statue was removed when it was found that Paterno had helped cover up a sexual abuse scandal with the perpetrator his assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. So Trump was saying that sexually abusing children or covering up for such abuse, can be forgiven as long as the criminals win enough football games.  He was trying to get the crowd on his side and they enjoyed it.

Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein manages large amounts of money and gives a lot of it to politicians. He is also a convicted sex offender who is being sued by at least a dozen of his then-underage victims. Epstein was sentenced to 18 months in jail and served 13 before being released. If people are judged by the company they keep, then we should look at Trump’s relationship with Epstein and Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton traveled at least 10 times on Epstein's private jet, called the "Lolita Express" by tabloids, and he visited Little St. James, Epstein's private island in the US Virgin Islands. The island was where many of the worst crimes against minors were committed by Epstein and friends.

Trump, although he would like to drag Bill Clinton’s dirty laundry into Hillary’s spotlight will probably not talk about Epstein.  That is because links between Epstein and Trump exist. Trump's attorney Alan Garten says Trump had "no relationship" with Epstein, and only knew him because Epstein was a member of Mar-A-Lago, Trump's private club and residence in Palm Beach. "A lot of people hung out there, including Jeffrey Epstein," Garten said. "That is the only connection."

But there is some evidence that Trump and Epstein had a somewhat stronger connection. "I've known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,'' Trump told New York magazine in a 2002 profile of Epstein. This was three years before Epstein began to be investigated – so Trump may not have been aware of his escapades.  At that time Trump said, "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

There is evidence that Trump once flew on Epstein’s private jet, that they had dinners together and Epstein knew Trump. The FBI had a copy of Epstein's private 194-page phone book with names of well-known political figures: Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia, Tony Blair, former Utah governor and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, Senator Edward Kennedy, and Henry Kissinger. Epstein's telephone book also contained the names of Trump's former wife, Ivana, his daughter Ivanka, and his brother, Robert. Under Trump’s name there were 14 phone numbers, including emergency numbers, car numbers, and numbers to Trump's security guard and houseman. Since both Epstein and Trump were businessmen with many interests, we can’t say that the phone numbers represented other types of relationships.

During Epstein’s 2009 investigation one of the lawyers for the victims served Trump with a subpoena. Trump immediately contacted him. "During the conversation, Mr. Trump was open and forthright," The lawyer said. "I cannot discuss the substance of the conversation. But I will say that it was obvious to me that he was in no way involved in any untoward activity."  It was also found that in 2007, Trump’s club Mar-A-Lago had barred Epstein because Epstein tried to pick up the underage daughter of a Mar-A-Lago club member.

Candidates and Pope Francis

Clinton: “I am not a Catholic, but I am a great admirer of the Pope, because I think what he’s trying to do is to take the venerable institution, the Roman Catholic Church, and really once again place it on a firm foundation of the scriptures—Christ’s words.”  It’s difficult to imagine that Clinton has no idea of Pope Francis’ hidden agenda of putting the church first, covering up for bishops that hide pedophile priests and talking about but doing nothing to make children safe or bring justice to the victims. Maybe she wants to pander to the catholic “faithful” so they vote for her.

Trump went to the nation’s largest Christian university, Liberty University, in January to pledge, “I’m going to protect Christians,” who he said are losing their power in American society.  So like Hillary, Trump seems to be telling Christians just what they want to hear.  He also traded “words” with the pope in a political duel – most likely both of them were trying to increase their ratings.

In a presidential election year no candidate is brave enough to fly the “stop child sexual abuse” banner for fear of losing voters. That is a sad commentary on the priorities of the United States – that everything else is more important than the children.