Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who publicly accused former President Bill Clinton of raping her during his 1978 gubernatorial campaign in Arkansas, said she is supporting Donald Trump for president.
Ms. Broaddrick, who stepped back into the national spotlight recently after years of silence on the alleged rape, said that even though she doesn’t consider herself a Republican or Democrat, she is supporting the Republican presidential front-runner for his outspoken criticism of the Clintons.
“I’ve been quiet for too long, and now with the possibility of [Hillary Clinton] being the Democratic nominee and possibly president, I feel the need to get involved,” she told The Hill in an interview Wednesday.
“[Mr. Trump] says the things I like to hear,” Ms. Broaddrick said, praising his focus on Mr. Clinton’s past marital infidelities and allegations of sexual assault, The Hill reported.
“I’m glad someone did. Everyone has been hanging back and most of the mainstream media won’t approach it but it’s something that should be talked about,” she said.
In 1999, Ms. Broaddrick, a former nursing home administrator, accused Mr. Clinton, then-attorney general, of raping her in a Little Rock hotel room while she was volunteering for his 1978 gubernatorial bid.
“I tried to get away from him and I told him ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen but he wouldn’t listen to me,” she told “Dateline” NBC at the time. “It was a real panicky, panicky situation.”
Mrs. Broaddrick recanted her story several times, then asserted it again. She said her reluctance to talk about the incident stemmed from a desire to shield her family from public scrutiny.
Mr. Clinton’s then-attorney, David Kendall, denied the allegations on his client’s behalf. Mr. Clinton refused to comment further on the issue.
Ms. Broaddrick gained national media attention again last year after she criticized Mrs. Clinton for campaigning on women’s issues.
“I think she has always known everything about him,” she told journalist Aaron Klein in November. “I think they have this evil compact between the two of them that they each know what the other does and overlook it. And go right on. And cover one for the other.”
She told The Hill that she set up a Twitter account in 2009 but only started using it recently to voice her opinions on the upcoming election.
“Thoroughly disgusting — Hillary’s comments on rape. Shame on you, Hillary, shame on you!!” she wrote in September in her first tweet since 2009.
“Was dreading seeing my abuser on tv campaign trail for enabler wife……but his physical appearance reflects ghosts of past are catching up,” she tweeted Tuesday.
“I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away,” Ms. Broaddrick wrote Wednesday.
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