Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.
It was the cackle that cost her an election.
The time was the 80s and the First Lady of Arkansas was chatting with Roy Reed. Reed was a New York Times bigwig, a civil rights hero and is currently a speaker for the Clinton School of Public Service.
Back then, Reed was working on a profile of the Clintons for Esquire. The profile was never published. The tapes of the interviews were stowed at the University of Arkansas until they were dug up in ’14.
And there’s Hillary Clinton laughing on tape about how she saved a 12-year-old girl’s rapist.
Kathy Shelton had been raped and beaten into a coma when she was twelve years old. Her rapist wanted a “woman lawyer.” Hillary Clinton took his case as a favor and used every dirty trick to get him off. Even though she admits on the tape that she knew her client was guilty, she accused his victim of being “emotionally unstable” and fantasizing about older men. And she used the little girl’s bloody underwear as the pivot of a blatant lie that got her client off with less than a year in prison.
All of that is bad enough.
It reminds us that there is nothing that Hillary Clinton won’t do to win whether it’s accusing an abused child of being a mentally ill slut or accusing her election opponent of cavorting with urinating Russian prostitutes. And that despite her best efforts to appear human, she has nothing resembling a soul.
But there’s the Clinton cackle. You can hear it throughout the tape. Even years later in the governor’s mansion, Hillary thought that getting a 12-year-old girl’s rapist off the hook was the funniest thing ever.
Roy Reed, the great media hero of the civil rights movement, never wrote about it. There were no outraged stories in the New York Times or Esquire. Just like Harvey Weinstein’s associates. They knew.
They knew and they said nothing.
Hillary Clinton wasn’t the last Democrat presidential candidate to have deeply troubling links to pedophiles.
Her husband was much worse.
Bill Clinton took dozens of rides on Jeffrey Epstein’s Lolita Express. The top Democrat donor’s plane earned its nickname because of its association with the abuse of young girls. Like Hillary’s client, the tastes of Bill’s bosom buddy allegedly ran to twelve year old girls. An FBI investigation found 40 victims.
And the Democrat in charge made sure that justice was served. Epstein spent a year under “house arrest” during which he was “let out on work release six days a week for up to 16 hours a day.”
Work release meant taking private jets to New York and to his private island in the Caribbean. That was the island known as “Orgy Island” which Bill Clinton had frequently visited. Clinton had even allegedly ditched his Secret Service escort for some of the flights.
One of Epstein’s victims had also alleged that Al Gore had been a visitor to Orgy Island.
Epstein took credit for being “part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative.” And for flying Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey, currently accused of multiple sexual assaults on minors, out to Africa on the Lolita Express.
Like Epstein, Kevin Spacey was a Clinton pal.
Spacey has said that he “did a great number of things for” Bill Clinton at the White House and “privately.” The secret of their “close friendship,” was that Spacey "took him as he was.”
"And I think that may be part of the reason why we became close," the accused abuser said.
But, Spacey claimed that he had a good time with both Clintons.
So much for the Clintons. But nobody, not even Democrats, are surprised by Clinton sleaze. They react to it the same way that they do to the latest Islamic terrorist attack. They cringe, close their eyes and wait for everyone to forget it ever happened.
The Clintons, and Gore, might have bookended the last 25 years of the Democrat road to the White House, but what about Obama?
And John Kerry?
"Things felt a bit different Tuesday on the John Kerry campaign bus," an enthusiastic CBS reporter moped.
"There was a huge void," he reported. The "void" had been left by the departure of Peter Yarrow who had endorsed and campaigned with Kerry back in ‘04.
"For a moment, one could feel what it was like back in the '60s, hanging with a folk music icon and a Vietnam vet-turned-antiwar activist," the CBS piece rhapsodized.
Yarrow played ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ while Kerry mimed smoking pot.
Peter Yarrow was a good friend. He had played at Kerry’s wedding and was his daughter’s godfather. He had also received a presidential pardon from Jimmy Carter for making sexual advances on a 14-year-old girl while naked.
Yarrow used the Harvey Weinstein defense. “In that time, it was common practice.”
Not only did Kerry campaign with Yarrow, but he brought him to the Middle East for proposed “peace” concerts.
Yarrow also performed for Obama volunteers. And he has been writing anti-Trump songs. The title of one of these is, “The children are listening.”
They certainly are.
Two weeks after the ’14 election, Terry Bean was busted in Portland. Bean was the co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign, the most effective gay rights lobby in the country, whose donors included Harvey Weinstein.
Bean was a big donor to Obama, Kerry and Gore.
Bean was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy. Bean’s boyfriend, who had been brought along to the White House to meet Obama, was also arrested. The boyfriend’s mother accused Bean of using him to “get young kids” by grooming them with gifts of alcohol and Viagra.
According to prosecutors, the Obama backer had engaged in this sort of behavior as far back as ’79 when he had sex with a 16-year-old boy and plied him with alcohol and drugs. The victim, who is now a middle aged doctor, had come out so that Bean would not be able to “keep on abusing young boys.”
Despite denying the charges, Bean attempted to settle out of court with the boy. The prosecutor stated that Bean had offered the victim at least $200,000.
That’s a good deal of money. But only a fifth of what Obama got.
The boy declined to testify. Bean walked free.
Since then, Bean appears to have maxed out his donations to Hillary Clinton. There is no evidence that Hillary or her people have returned them.
But that’s business as usual.
Every Democrat nominee for the White House in the last 25 years has had links to pedophiles. Some were donors and others were clients or friends. But the Clintons, Kerry, Gore and Obama were all tainted by their associations. And they have never apologized or expressed a word of regret.
Not to their victims or to anyone else.
And if you catch them in private, at the right moment, you just might hear them laughing about it.