In September 2015, Hillary Clinton tweeted: "To every survivor of sexual assault ... You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We're with you." (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Hillary Clinton campaign removes statement about believing rape accusers
Hillary Clinton's campaign website no longer says that those making rape or sexual assault accusations "have the right to be believed."
The change appears to have occurred in February 2016, just after Juanita Broaddrick — who has maintained for decades that Bill Clinton raped her and Hillary threatened her — emerged publicly again and tweeted about her encounter.
In September 2015, Hillary Clinton tweeted: "To every survivor of sexual assault ... You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We're with you."
To be sure, accusers' stories shouldn't be immediately discounted. But their claims do have to be investigated, and investigators need to look for facts, instead of railroading the accused for political purposes. But the accuser's "right" to be believed seems a stretch too far toward denying due process toward the accused. Then again, the Left is very big on creating new "rights" for people these days.
Hillary's tweet also received a deluge of responses from people asking if that meant all of her husband Bill's accusers, including Broaddrick, also had a "right to be believed."
In November, Hillary again tweeted that "Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed and supported." Then in December, Hillary was asked at a campaign event whether believing all "survivors" meant believing Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones — some of Bill's other accusers. Hillary responded: "I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence."
Except, there was never any evidence that proved Broaddrick or any of these other women weren't telling the truth.
In January, Broaddrick tweeted: "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." In February, Hillary's campaign website no longer included the words "you have the right to be believed." A video with her full remarks remains on the website.
The website scrubbing was first noted by a redditor during an "Ask Me Anything" interview with Broaddrick. It was included in an article about Broaddrick and her hope to be believed that was published by Buzzfeed.
Hillary Clinton is not the first left-leaning politician to change her tune with respect to sexual assault. Two years ago, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — who won Hillary Clinton's senate seat after she resigned to become secretary of state — removed the debunked statistic claiming one in five women will be sexually assaulted in college from her website. Gillibrand still refers to the statistic, as do many, many other democrats, and continues to treat the statistic as true when demanding colleges and universities eviscerate due process to cut down on the fake epidemic.
Hysteria surrounding sexual assault continues to plague the country. Until politicians can be honest about the actual scope of the problem without calling for due process to be ignored, the issue will continue to divide people. Everyone supports rape survivors, but what we're dealing with now are many people who were not raped and survived nothing trying to claim the title — and politicians like Hillary Clinton and Gillibrand telling us we should believe them anyway just because they made an accusation.
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.