Would Trump use Juanita Broaddrick to attack Clintons? She’s game

Juanita Broaddrick, who accuses Bill Clinton of raping her in 1978 and Hillary Clinton of warning her to keep her mouth shut about what happened, is on the phone from her home in Van Buren, Arkansas.

It’s been 38 years since the former nursing home administrator volunteered to work in the gubernatorial campaign for Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton, 17 years since she told The Wall Street Journal and NBC’s “Dateline” what the sitting president of the United States did to her two decades prior. Through his attorney, Clinton denied the rape charge.

Broaddrick is 73 now, living alone on 40 acres of land. She says she keeps herself busy playing tennis three times a week with friends, going to church gatherings and riding a power mower to keep five acres of grass under control.

There’s also a grandson she loves to spoil, a 13-year-old she says she recently told about the Clintons she knew. The teen said someone briefly brought up “Juanita Broaddrick” in a way he didn’t understand when he took a field trip to the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

“It was very difficult explaining things to him,” she said. “I didn’t go into a lot of details.”

Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic Party presidential nominee, is accusing Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, of a “penchant for sexism,” and Trump accuses Clinton of enabling her husband’s “terrible abuse of women.” I tell Broaddrick I believe what she has to say could influence the opinions of female voters. She says she understands many young voters are largely unfamiliar with the Clinton scandals.

Trump will find a way to give Broaddrick and other women who claim they’ve been victimized by the Clintons all the time they need to tell their stories on TV.

I tell Broaddrick I believe it would be the most watched TV in the history of American politics.

People would want to see if the claims are “legit,” she agreed.

Has Trump or his campaign staff contacted her?

“No,” she said.

Would she agree to go on TV and tell her story?

“Yes.”

No one, she says, should be able to get away with rape. And she says no one who wants to be president should condone it. That person would be an apologist for a predator, an individual so driven by a need for a power that any vestige of a moral compass broke long ago.

Does Broaddrick support Trump?

“The main reason I’m for Trump is that I don’t want Hillary.”

Broaddrick says she hasn’t read a recent New York Times piece describing Trump’s boorish behavior with women, which also recounts how his ex-wife Ivana says he raped her during their marriage. Ivana Trump now says he didn’t.

On Jan. 6 at 11:42 a.m., Broaddrick tweeted her way back into the public’s consciousness: “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.”

Seeing the Clintons on the campaign trail again — she said every TV station seemed to have them on — was like torture. She was moved to comment. Since that tweet, she has been contacted by media to tell her story.

That story begins in Little Rock, with Clinton convincing Broaddrick to talk about the 1978 gubernatorial campaign over coffee in her hotel room. Within minutes, Broaddrick says, Bill Clinton pulled her onto the bed and forcibly had sex with her. She says Clinton subsequently called her several times wanting to get together. “It was disgusting,” she said.

About three weeks later, Broaddrick says she was approached by Hillary Clinton at a meeting. Broaddrick says Hillary thanked her for “everything you do” for Bill. Then she said Hillary pulled her closer, “stared her in the eyes,” and reiterated in a menacing, low voice, “everything you do for Bill.”

She took that as a threat and realized Hillary knew what had happened, that she was trying to silence her. “There could be no question that Hillary was Bill’s fiercest defender in preventing his other women from causing trouble,” Carl Bernstein wrote in his book, “A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.” She called Monica Lewinsky, whose sexual encounters with Bill Clinton in the White House led to his impeachment, “a loony toon.” Even with his wife’s best efforts to discredit Paula Jones, President Bill Clinton still paid her $850,000 after she sued him for exposing himself to her.

Though she told friends and co-workers in 1978 what happened — the media interviewed them 21 years later, in 1999 — Broaddrick said she was so traumatized by what happened that she hesitated coming forward publicly. Even though media and political operatives had gotten wind of her rape allegations, she denied it happened because she didn’t think she would be believed. Only because her son, a lawyer, said she had to tell the truth to federal authorities or risk going to jail did she finally tell her story to federal agents and then the media.

I tell Broaddrick that after seeing the “Dateline” piece about her years ago — it’s now on the Internet at http://www.mrctv.org/videos/full-dateline-nbc-juanita-braddrick-bill-clinton-raping-her — I found her credible. I wondered why what she said about Hillary Clinton trying to silence her wasn’t included in the televised piece.

She said as she was talking in the TV interview about Hillary a producer ran into the room and said it couldn’t be part of the piece. NBC reporter Lisa Myers said Broaddrick did tell her about the encounter but it didn’t make the final cut.

Broaddrick concedes there are no direct witnesses and there is no physical evidence to back up her accusations against the man who became president or his wife, the woman who would be president.

For some reason people just can’t believe the Clintons would do what they did, Broaddrick says. Just before Bill Clinton ran for president, she says he tried to apologize for what he did to her. “I told him to go to hell.”

“I haven’t profited from this in any way,” she said. “I would never try to profit from such a horrible thing.”

Paul Harasim’s column runs Sunday, Tuesday and Friday in the Nevada section and Thursday in the Life section. Contact him at pharasim@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5273. Follow @paulharasim on Twitter.

News Videos
Syphilis Awareness Day
Dr. Joe Iser, District Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District, discusses the effects and issues with syphilis in the Las Vegas community on April 16, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas diocese IDs 33 ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse
The Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas released a list on Friday of 33 “credibly accused” of sexual abuse who at some point served in the Las Vegas Valley. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CCSD Arbor View meeting
The Clark County School Board hears from the public about racial tensions at Arbor View High School on Thursday, April 11, 2019. (Amelia Park-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Parents of autistic student battle Clark County School District
Joshua and Britten Wahrer, parents of a special education student, are battling the Clark County School District for the right to equip their son with a monitoring device. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Metro homeless outreach a shift in strategy
Lt. Joe Sobrio discusses the new homeless outreach team for Metro. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Prayer for Opportunity Scholarships
Las Vegas students and adults hold a prayer meeting about the Opportunity Scholarship program on Thursday, April 4, 2019. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Solar scams on the rise in Nevada
As Nevada’s solar industry has made a resurgence, solar scammers have followed suit.
Clark County schools and the late bus issue
Year after year, late or no-show buses in the Clark County School District draw the ire of parents and students alike. One year the problem even prompted a parent to crack a school bus window in frustration over a late drop-off. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
I-15 southbound congested near Primm Sunday afternoon
Drivers heading toward California on Interstate 15 should expect heavy traffic and a 13-mile backup Sunday afternoon.
Learning lifesaving skills in advance of fire season
Students and firefighters attend a training session at Fire Station 80 in Blue Diamond, Saturday, March 30, 2019. The training session helps volunteer firefighters obtain necessary annual certification to work wild fires.
Car restoration behind prison walls
Inmates share their experiences working for the Southern Desert Correctional Center auto body shop in Indian Springs while learning valuable skills.
Parent remembers Las Vegas boy killed by car
People visit a memorial at the intersection of South Fort Apache Road and West Arby Avenue at at Faiss Park Wednesday, March 27, 2019, where Jonathan Smith, 12, of Las Vegas, died after he was struck while crossing Fort Apache Monday. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Couple left with surprise medical bills after visit to the hospital
Michael Pistiner took his wife, Marta Menendez-Pistiner, to the ER in January after she fainted twice and appeared to be having a seizure. Despite paying $856 monthly for health insurance, the two, self-employed musicians, were stuck with more than $5,700 in hospital and doctor bills after than hour-and-a-half visit. Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Las Vegas police brief the media on fatal crash
Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Nick Farese addresses the media about a car accident at South Fort Apache Road and West Arby Avenue that left one minor dead and one hospitalized on Monday, March 25, 2019. (Mike Shoro/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Arbor View parent talks about racial issues at the school
Lawanna Calhoun, a former Arbor View parent, talks about the state of the school. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jim Foley talks about 30 years of living HIV-positive
Jim Foley, who was diagnosed as HIV positive 30 years ago, talks at his home in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Traffic Slows to a Crawl on I-15S Near Primm
Traffic slowed to a crawl around 2:30p Sunday, on I-15S near Primm, Nevada.
Homeless residents speak about safety
The homeless residents living at the corner of Owens Ave. and Main St. reflect on how they feel about their safety after two homeless men died, one was hit crossing the street and another was beat to death by another homeless man. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
CCSD Superintendent address alleged racially motivated threats at Arbor View
CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara gives update on alleged racially motivated threats against Arbor View High School, and says such threats will not be tolerated. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Super Bloom Near Lake Elsinore, California
Crowds packed the hills near Lake Elsinore on Saturday to capture a rare selfie amidst the super bloom of poppies turning the landscape purple. The super bloom was caused by the larger rainfall this year. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Fiery accident in Las Vegas
A three-car accident on Spring Mountain Road around 6:30 pm on Monday night
A bipartisan coalition holds simultaneous rallies to promote criminal justice
A bipartisan coalition holds simultaneous rallies to promote criminal justice. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Stardust implosion anniversary
Twelve years ago today, the Stardust Resort and Casino was imploded. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Lawsuits filed against security contractors at Nevada National Security Site
Two lawsuits were filed today against the current and former government security contractors for the Nevada National Security Site, one on behalf of Jennifer Glover who alleges sexual discrimination and assault and the other on behalf of Gus Redding who alleges retaliation after he gave statements supporting Glover’s claims. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New housing option helps Las Vegas moms keep kids while kicking drugs
WestCare Nevada Women and Children’s Campus in Las Vegas has added a new transitional housing wing for women who have completed the inpatient treatment at the behavioral health nonprofit to help them as they go through outpatient treatment, shore up their finances and prepare to secure long-term housing. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Teenager in critical condition after being struck by an SUV in Henderson
Authorities were called about 2:45 p.m. to the scene in the 2100 block of Olympic Avenue, near Green Valley Parkway and Sunset Road. The teenager was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Water Question Part 3: Conservation loves a crisis
Future growth in the Las Vegas Valley will rest almost entirely on the community’s ability to conserve its finite share of the Colorado River.
The Water Question Part 7: How much can we grow?
Many experts agree that Southern Nevada can continue to grow, so long as residents are willing to do what needs to be done to stretch our crucial resource as far as it will go.
The Water Question Part 6: How many people can Southern Nevada’s water sustain?
The number can swing wildly depending on a host of variables, including the community’s rates of growth, conservation efforts and the severity of drought on the Colorado River.
Mylar Balloon Demo
NV Energy presented a demonstration Wednesday to depict the damage that can be caused by the release of Mylar balloons.
TOP NEWS
ad-infeed_1x2_1
Home Front Page Footer Listing