Hollywood actress and political activist Alyssa Milano has become something of a figurehead of the #MeToo movement, and she involved herself quite prominently in the left’s opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
As one of those who demands that everyone unquestioningly “believe all women” who accuse men of sexual assault or harassment, Milano has made it abundantly clear that she wholeheartedly believes Kavanaugh is guilty of all of the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been lodged against him, no matter how implausible, uncorroborated or unverifiable those allegations are.
In light of Milano’s purportedly staunch stance in support of all women who accuse powerful men of sexual misconduct, a 6-year-old tweet from the actress expressing “love” for former President Bill Clinton had begun to recirculate on social media in recent days, prior to Milano deleting it, Fox News reported.
“Bill Clinton, I love you so much,” Milano had tweeted in 2012. “Like crazy amounts of love.”
Juanita Broaddrick, who most certainly was not believed by women like Milano when she said Clinton had raped her in 1978, called out the actress by linking to the old (and now deleted) tweet and asking if she still stood by her professed “love” for the accused rapist, or had reconsidered her position given the blatant “double standard bulls—.”
Quite a few others on social media joined in calling out Milano.
It seems as though the flood of attention may have had an impact, as Milano said Thursday that her prior expressed love for Clinton wasn’t quite as unshakeable as might have been assumed.
In an interview with CNN‘s Chris Cuomo — in which, to his credit, Cuomo pointed out the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against Clinton — Milano was asked if Kavanaugh deserved a similar “benefit of the doubt” that Clinton had so obviously received in the 1990s and beyond.
Perhaps to her credit as well, Milano replied, “No, and I don’t think Bill Clinton should’ve gotten that benefit of the doubt, in hindsight.”
“I think that as a nation, we were in a different time,” she continued. “I think that women were continually being silenced. And I think we gave him the benefit of the doubt, and we probably should’ve investigated the allegations against him as well. …
“This is not about partisan politics to me, this is about humanity. And we have to, even though this process is so uncomfortable for everyone, we really have to look at it, look at where we want to be, who we want to be as a nation and really examine this in a nonpolitical way, but just in a human way.”
It has always been damning that the left would so readily grant Clinton a pass for his actions and misdeeds for so many years, even as there was evidence and corroborated accounts and even admissions from Clinton himself.
The double standard began to come to a head in 2016, when the left launched a furious assault against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump over numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, none of which was nearly as verifiable as the allegations against Clinton, whose wife, Hillary, was Trump’s opponent.
Now, as the #MeToo movement continues apace, the left’s double standard toward Clinton has become so glaring — particularly compared to its fury over Kavanaugh — that even formerly adoring Clinton devotees like Milano have rethought their stance in support of him.
As can be seen in the rhetoric of the left these days, the presumption of innocence is gone for men accused of sexual misconduct, and the burden of proof has been shifted from the accuser to the accused, a frightening transition that threatens one of the foundational blocks of our great society.
But as the left attempts to institute new rules in this new era, some on the right are forcing the left to live up to those new rules. To wit, if the left believes unsubstantiated allegations are enough to destroy Kavanaugh’s career and reputation, the same sort of allegations should be more than enough to knock Clinton off the lofty perch Democrats have placed him on.
While it is doubtful that conservatives will ever give up granting the benefit of the doubt to the accused, perhaps Milano’s admission that Clinton should have been more thoroughly investigated over the allegations against him — and his accusers taken more seriously — marks a turning point in which the left’s double standard for the Clintons and others like them has been greatly diminished.
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