How can that be? In late May, a Philadelphia judge ruled that 78-year-old comedian Bill Cosby would stand trial for sexual assault occurring in 2004. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his mansion in January 2004. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
The judge’s decision later led Cosby’s lawyer Brian McConagle to call the proceedings “a travesty of justice.”
In Ms. Constand’s affidavit, she told police that Cosby gave her wine and pills and then sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.
Almost at the same time of the Cosby decision was being made, Donald Trump was “reviving some of the ugliest political chapters of the 1990’s with escalating personal attacks on Bill Clinton’s character.”
As the Washington Post wrote, Trump’s latest shot came May 23 when he released an incendiary video that included the voices of two women who accused the former president of sexual assault. In Cosby’s case, he goes to trial. In Clinton’s, it’s just restating the old facts.
The video that Trump published on Instagram and “blasted out to his 8 million twitter followers marked a stark turn in a campaign that has already been particularly nasty. The clip includes audio from two well-known accusers, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey, describing their allegations against Bill Clinton, who is shown smoking a cigar.”
Ms. Broaddrick accused Bill Clinton of assaulting her in 1978 when she worked on his gubernatorial campaign. Willey said the president groped her in the White House. Then there was Paula Jones, who sued Bill Clinton in 1994 and settled out of court with him for $850,000. Eileen Wellstone alleges that Clinton sexually assaulted her when he was a student at Oxford in 1969. Carolyn Moffet claims to have fled Clinton in 1979 when he was Arkansas governor. Elizabeth Gracen, a Miss Arkansas and Miss America winner, alleges that she was forced by Clinton to have sex with her after winning the Arkansas contest. Becky Brown was Chelsea Clinton’s nanny, whom Clinton tried to seduce.
The neverending Clinton controversies should be at the center of the presidential campaign. For too long, both Clintons have flaunted the law and gotten away with it. There should be no double standard for either Bills. Both men are disgraced.