Amid the debate over allegations of sexual misconduct by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, an MSNBC host warned that Democrats are “overdue” for a “real reckoning” regarding numerous allegations of sexual impropriety against former President Bill Clinton.
In a Friday tweet, “All In With Chris” host Chris Hayes criticized those on “the right” for their “gross and cynical and hypocrtical (sic) … ‘what about Bill Clinton’ stuff.”
Hayes was referring to reactions to the allegations against former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In response to the claims against Moore, many people have cited sexual assault and rape allegations against Clinton that were never litigated by Democrats.
Therefore, Hayes warned that “Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him (Clinton).”
As gross and cynical and hypocrtical as the right's "what about Bill Clinton" stuff is, it's also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 10, 2017
The Clinton argument was cited Friday by a conservative panelist during a segment on “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin” that focused on Moore’s alleged sexual misconduct.
“The Republican Party already shot itself in the foot by not distancing themselves from Donald Trump when 11 women made similar — adult women at least — made allegations against him and he himself bragged about sexually assaulting women,” CNN political commentator Sally Kohn said during the discussion.
Former Trump campaign adviser Jack Kingston responded, “Sally, I wasn’t going to bring up William Jefferson Clinton, but I never heard — “
“Oh, I had a feeling you were,” Kohn replied.
“Well no,” Kingston said. “I wasn’t going to go there. I was actually going to stay with Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, but since you brought it up, where were the Democrats denouncing him –“
Kohn noted that “the difference between Bill Clinton and Donald Trump is Bill Clinton was impeached. So we aired that one as a public. And also, he’s not currently the president.”
“He was impeached for perjury,” Kingston said.
Kohn claimed that she was fine “watching this Roy Moore thing go down.”
“Because,” she continued, “with condolences to the poor statesman of course, the women who he has abused and made suffer — we are watching the destruction of the Republican Party before our very eyes.”
Kohn contended that the Republicans “are doing themselves systemic damage for generations. And I’m going to be honest, I’m here for it.”
But Kingston warned Kohn to manage her enthusiasm.
“Don’t over claim. Let me give you congratulations for Tuesday, was a great day. But I also want to point out that year-to-date our fundraising of $104 million at the RNC, and I think you are around the $40 million range,” he said, referring to monies raised by the Democratic National Committee.
“Because you keep giving rich people tax breaks,” Kohn said.
Kingston shot back. “Well, great rhetoric, but not true.”