While the media continues to excoriate Donald Trump for allegedly making insensitive remarks about former Ms. Universe Alicia Machado 20-years ago, they continue to conveniently ignore Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s troubling past. In particular, the media is ignoring a 1975 case in which Clinton served as defense attorney to a 41-year old child rapist.
As a 27-year old Arkansas lawyer, Hillary Rodham took the case of Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year old man accused of raping 12-year old Kathy Shelton.
What was Rodham’s defense strategy? Destroy the young girl’s credibility.
According to court documents, Hillary wrote that the 12-year old was “emotionally unstable” and had a “tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing.”
“I have also been told by an expert in child psychology that children in early adolescence tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences and that adolescents in disorganized families, such as the complainant’s, are even more prone to exaggerate behavior,” Clinton wrote in a court affidavit.
Despite considerable evidence, including witness testimony and forensic evidence Hillary managed to have blocked, the charges against Taylor reduced to ‘unlawful fondling of a minor’, and the man served less than a year in prison.
In 2014, the Washington Free Beacon unearthed an audio cassette of an interview from the 1980s in which Hillary Clinton discussed the case at length. During the interview with Arkansas reporter Roy Reed, Clinton actually discusses the strength of the evidence she had dismissed through a technicality.
“You know, what was sad about it,” Clinton told Reed, “was that the prosecutor had evidence, among which was [Taylor’s] underwear, which was bloody.”
Clinton, who was the first lady of Arkansas at the time of the interview, also acknowledges that she believed Taylor was guilty and laughed when she discussed his passing of a polygraph test.
“I had him take a polygraph, which he passed – which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,” Clinton said with a chuckle.
In August of this year, victim Kathy Shelton came forward after 40 years of silence. In an interview with The Daily Mail, Shelton called Clinton a liar and said that she could never forgive Clinton for her actions.
“I don’t think [Clinton’s] for women or girls. I think she’s lying, I think she said anything she can to get in the campaign and win,” Shelton told The Daily Mail. “If she was [an advocate for women and children], she wouldn’t have done that to me at 12 years old.”
Makes so-called “fat-shaming” appear trivial by comparison, no?
While Hillary claims to be a champion for all women, it certainly appears that she is far more selective in her advocacy than she lets on.