Bill Clinton rape accuser, Juanita Broaddrick says she believes things might finally be changing for Clinton victims in the wake of the current wave of sexual assault allegations against public figures.
In an exclusive interview with Big League Politics, Broaddrick stated that she finally feels she may be receiving validation, nearly two decades after her original allegations against Clinton.
At the time of the alleged incident, Broaddrick was a 35-year old supporter of Clinton during his 1978 campaign for Arkansas Governor. She first told the full story in a Dateline NBC episode in 1999, but her accusations have been widely dismissed by the left and mainstream media up until recently.
“When the Weinstein thing came out, I felt it a little bit, but not until the Judge Roy Moore thing come out did it really, really affect me,” Broaddrick told BLP. “It was after the Moore thing, when people started calling and emailing me,” she said.
A Buzzfeed article titled “Juanita Broaddrick Wants to be Believed” was published in August, but has received most of its attention in recent weeks, following the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Roy Moore.
“People saying that they’re sorry is very respectful,” Broaddrick told Buzzfeed, “but when somebody says, ‘I believe you,’ that probably does me the most good, because I want to be believed. It’s a hard thing to come forward and talk about. And for somebody to choose to make me valid…that’s nice.”
MSNBC host Chris Hayes recently tweeted the article, commenting “As gross and cynical and hypocrtical [sic] as the right’s ‘what about Bill Clinton’ stuff is, it’s also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him.”
This seems to be the some of the first legitimate attention given to the allegations by the mainstream media since they were first made nearly twenty years ago.
According to BLP, Broaddrick praised Matt Drudge for being “the only one who listened” to the Clinton victims in the 1990’s. “It was awesome, because he was just breaking ground then,” she said. “People, in the beginning, ridiculed him and said he was nothing, but he proved them wrong–didn’t he?”
Broaddrick has alleged for years that in 1978, then Governor Clinton invited himself up to her hotel room in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he proceeded to violently rape her. According to Broaddrick, after the attack, Clinton coldly told her that she had “better put some ice on that.”
Broaddrick has a new book set to be released January, entitled “You’d Better Put Some Ice on That.”