On the night CNN aired a controversial and, as many legal critics call it, flaweddocumentary on sexual assault on college campuses, Democratic Partyfrontrunner Hillary Clinton tweetedÂ solidarity withvictims of sexual assault. The response could not have been whatshe was hoping for.
The link in her tweet went to a campaign webpage on sexualassault on campus that starts with a quote from a speech Hillarygave in September: “I want to send a message to everysurvivor of sexual assault: Donâ€™t let anyonesilence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have theright to be believed, and weâ€™re withyou.”
Clinton’s original tweet…
Every survivor of sexual assault deserves tobe heard, believed, and supported. https://t.co/mkD69RHeBL
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November23, 2015
…was immediately greeted with a crush of reminders ofallegations against her husband, former President Bill Clinton, forsexual assault and even rape.
— Sean MacBiggerstaff (@Seanchuckle) November23, 2015
Except for those who survived your husband?â€œ@HillaryClinton: Everysurvivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, &supportedâ€
— Yes, Nick $earcy! (@yesnicksearcy) November23, 2015
— The Real Bepo (D) (@TheRealBepo) November23, 2015
— The Mad Hessian (@TheMadHessian) November23, 2015
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November23, 2015
@HillaryClinton Wow,doesthis include the girl whose rapist you defended & laughed off?What about Bill's offences, shouldn't they be heard?
— Denise Wendel (@MemphisGrits) November23, 2015
— EducatÃ©dHillbillyâ„¢(@RobProvince) November23, 2015
— Sam Miller (@miller_929) November23, 2015
— Lisa Lu (@lisalunu) November23, 2015
— Dale Johnson (@blaubok) November23, 2015
There were hundreds and hundreds of similar responses fromTwitter users.