Sex scandals continue to come back and bite the Democrats running for President.
One of their contenders tripped up over a question about sexual misconduct.
And that ugly sex scandal from the past just came back to haunt one top Democrat.
Democrats still cannot figure out how to deal with Bill Clinton’s sex scandals.
In the 1990s, they claimed that his misconduct was his private life and that unless it affected his ability to do his job, it did not matter if women credibly accused Clinton of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
That attitude – with the help of a compliant media and booming economy – won out, and Clinton survived impeachment for lying under oath and obstructing justice.
But fast forward 20 years, and the #MeToo movement has upended Democrat politics.
Now feminists are demanding to “believe all women,” and Democrats running for President have to balance that rallying cry without offending the Clintons vast fundraising network and loyal supporters.
Elizabeth Warren personified this dilemma during a recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski quizzed Warren on her thoughts about how Bill Clinton – and by extension, the Democrat Party – handled the accusations against him in the 1990s.
“Should Bill Clinton have left office after having an affair with a much-younger staffer in the White House?” Brzezinski asked Warren.
“Uh, I don’t know,” Warren nervously responded. “I can’t go back to litigate the 1990s. That one is beyond me.”
That answer did not satisfy Brzezinski.
The Morning Joe co-host asked Warren whether the Democrats excusing Clinton’s behavior led to the election of Donald Trump.
“Did the 1990s get us here though, to an extent?” Brzezinski pressed.
Warren quickly seized on this lifeline.
“Of course it did and I don’t have the time machine to go back and change the 90s,” Warren exclaimed. “All I can do is change this world going forward.”
Democrats love to play the “what about” game with Trump and Clinton and the allegations against them.
However, there are key differences.
Clinton admitted to having an affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Donald Trump steadfastly denied the allegations made against him.
And there is no evidence any of those claims are true.
And the fact that the women only came forward in the weeks before the election led many Americans to dismiss their claims as politically motivated smears.
That’s why it’s a false equivalency to compare the factually-based claims against Bill Clinton to the suspect allegations made against Trump in the heat of a political campaign.
But Democrats are facing these questions now because the media wants to make sure each candidate has their answer on Clinton’s sexual misconduct down pat before the general election.
Warren has already flubbed her test.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.