Just minutes before President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton finally addressed the recent allegations that she covered up sexual harassment in her presidential campaign — no doubt well aware that Trump's speech would dominate the headlines.
Former president Bill Clinton perfected the "stealth dump" — putting out unpleasant or even damning information late on Fridays, knowing the network news shows couldn't cover it. By Monday it was all old news. Hillary, too, excelled in the MO, using it often as Secretary of State.
Flying under the radar, Clinton kicked off her lengthy post on Facebook with some self-praise. "The most important work of my life has been to support and empower women. I’ve tried to do so here at home, around the world, and in the organizations I’ve run. I started in my twenties, and four decades later I’m nowhere near being done. I’m proud that it’s the work I’m most associated with, and it remains what I’m most dedicated to."
"So I very much understand the question I’m being asked as to why I let an employee on my 2008 campaign keep his job despite his inappropriate workplace behavior," Clinton said. "The short answer is this: If I had it to do again, I wouldn’t."
Ah, another well-worn Clinton strategy: Do whatever you want, just apologize for it later.
In the post, Clinton said that a woman came forward with allegations and "senior campaign staff and legal counsel" determined that "inappropriate behavior" had occurred. They recommended that he be fired, but Clinton "asked for steps that could be taken short of termination." Clinton said she didn't think that "firing him was the best solution to the problem."
Clinton also said she decided to demote the man, dock his pay, and keep him apart from the accuser. "He would also be warned that any subsequent harassment of any kind toward anyone would result in immediate termination," Clinton said.
"Would he have done better — been better — if I had fired him? Would he have gotten that next job? There is no way I can go back 10 years and know the answers," Clinton mused. "But you can bet I'm asking myself these questions right now."
Clinton's remarks came in reference to a report that she protected "her faith adviser on the campaign who was accused of sexually harassing a subordinate," CBS News reported. Clinton's comments claiming that she supports women are contrary to multiple media reports that span decades about her poor treatment of women who accused her husband of sexual crimes ranging from harassment to rape.