The wrong message

In today’s mail, I received (unsolicited) a pro-Hillary Clinton mailer from the Iowa Democratic Party. Several partial quotes of Donald Trump were highlighted.

“Our children are watching,” the cardboard mass-mailing admonished. “What message will you send them with your vote?”

But intemperate words are as nothing compared to harmful actions.

In 1975, then-lawyer Hillary championed Thomas Alfred Taylor, an Arkansas man charged with child rape. Thomas was convicted of sexually abusing 12 year-old Kathy Shelton (who has now gone public about her ordeal at the hands of Taylor and Clinton).

In her courtroom abuse of the vulnerable elementary schooler, Hillary accused her baselessly of “seeking older mens’ attentions,” “fantasizing” about related encounters, and of promiscuity.

So sincere was Clinton’s commitment to protecting girls and women that she succeeded in securing for child-rapist Taylor a reduced sentence. Mere months.

In recalling the case five years hence, by which time she had no professional obligation and could freely state her personal opinion, Hillary laughed about the horror (The interview audio clip was last year uncovered and posted online by the Washington Free Beacon newspaper).

“I don’t think Clinton’s for women and girls,” now 54 year-old abuse survivor Shelton recently told the Daily Mail. “I think she’s lying. I think she said anything she can to get in the campaign and win. If she [genuinely cared about the welfare of assault victims] she wouldn’t have done that to me at 12 years old.”

That Iowa Democratic Party mailing charged, “A Donald Trump presidency means telling our daughters it’s OK for people to disrespect them.”

But they have it wrong. That would instead be precisely the message communicated by a Hillary Clinton presidency.