Hillary Clinton called a Republican state representative “rude” after she attempted to ask the presidential candidate about sexual assault allegations against former president Bill Clinton.
During a question-and-answer session of a town hall event in New Hampshire Sunday, GOP state representative Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien loudly asked Clinton about sex scandals involving her husband, CNN reported. The Democratic frontrunner responded by calling O’Brien “rude.”
“You are very rude, and I’m not ever going to call on you. Thank you,” Clinton said forcefully.
Following the event, O’Brien said that she was asking about Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey, two women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and who have reported being threatened by Hillary Clinton after coming forward with the allegations.
“I asked her how in the world she can say that Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey are lying when she has no idea who Juanita Broaddrick is,” O’Brien stated. “She told me this summer she doesn’t know who she is and doesn’t want to know who she is. How can she assess that they are lying, which she told someone last month?”
O’Brien, echoing other critics, went on to suggest that Clinton’s comments announcing her plan to combat sexual assault months ago were hypocritical. Clinton said in September that sexual assault survivors “have the right to be believed.”
In addition to the accusations from Broaddrick and Willey, Paula Jones sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in 1994, a case that the Clintons settled years later for $850,000.
Despite Bill Clinton’s sex scandals, including his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky during his time in office, Hillary Clinton has lauded her husband as her “secret weapon” and dispatched him to stump for her on the campaign trail.