Hillary Clinton may have given her followers one less reason to see her as a champion for women’s rights.
Aside from staying married to a rapist.
The New York Times has revealed that an accused sexual harasser was kept on the Clinton campaign in 2016 at the former candidate’s request.
The allegations have been collaborated by four staffers close to the situation that campaign advisor Burns Strider was recommended for removal after multiple complaints about his behavior.
Clinton instead decided to allow Strider to resume his duties after a brief suspension and some counseling. His alleged victim was shuffled to a new assignment.
Strider worked as Clinton’s personal “faith advisor” and it is said he routinely sent Clinton readings from the scriptures.
During the 2016 campaign, Strider was chosen to lead an independent group called Correct the Record to support Clinton’s run for the White House. Strider was discovered by the Clinton campaign five years ago as the co-founder of the American Values Network.
Witnesses from within the Clinton campaign have come forward about the harassment issues happening inside Correct the Record.
The current chief executive officer of the Democratic National Committee, Jess O’Connell, recommended Strider’s termination when she was the national director of operations for the Clinton campaign. Strider’s 30-year-old accuser asked O’Connell to no longer be forced to interact with Strider, and was moved into the care of deputy campaign manager Mike Henry. A brief internal investigation revealed emails that Strider shared with his accuser.
A spokesman for Clinton said in a statement:
“To ensure a safe working environment, the campaign had a process to address complaints of misconduct or harassment. When matters arose, they were reviewed in accordance with these policies, and appropriate action was taken.”
The Times claims Clinton’s staff were unwilling to discuss the misconduct on the campaign trail, until the #metoo movement changed all that. Many were uneasy Strider was accepted back into the campaign based on the accounts of several former staffers.
The woman complained of Strider inappropriately touching her, giving unwanted back rubs, kissing her forehead, and sending racy emails according to the insiders coming forward. Clinton insisted he remain with the staff against the wishes of her senior advisers.
The #metoo movement became a social media phenomenon after Clinton donor and film producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of inappropriate and aggressive sexual behavior with over 80 women in Hollywood. Clinton was forced to respond to her friend’s behavior, saying she was “shocked and appalled” by the revelations.”
Clinton famously told her supporters that victims of sexual abuse should be “believed”.
“To every survivor of sexual assault…You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We’re with you.” —Hillary
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2015
The wife of the former president Bill Clinton has a history of enabling her husband’s long history of sexual misgivings. She deflected, ignored, or denied the many allegations surrounding her family during the 2016 campaign.