Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton avoided discussing two Democratic politicians, including her husband, whose names were included in a question about sexual harassment in politics.
Jonathan Capehart, a MSNBC contributor and liberal Washington Post writer, spoke with Clinton in an interview that aired on Tuesday during the latest episode of his podcast, "Cape Up With Jonathan Capehart." Capehart asked Clinton about the cultural moment in the United States in response to sexual misconduct in politics.
"It’s politics and it’s gotten very political, and there are lot of names in this hopper. Whether it’s Franken or Moore, or Trump or Clinton … you name it. Does that make it harder or easier to not have it be a blip, just a cultural moment instead of a cultural change?" Capehart asked.
Clinton spent over two minutes responding to Capehart's question, but never addressed the sexual misconduct allegations against Democratic Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) or her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Instead, she focused on the far-reaching, beyond politics, impact of sexual harassment, and discussed the allegations against Alabama's Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and President Donald Trump.
"Think about all the women working the overnight shift in factories, or late-night in restaurants, or cocktail lounges, or just minding their own business in their own neighborhood. And those women don’t have household names," Clinton said. "And that’s what we’re seeing with Roy Moore. These are not famous women. These are women who basically have said, ‘Hey, this is unacceptable. I wasn’t able to talk about it a long time ago, but now others are coming forward [and] I’m willing to do that.'"
"The same with the large number of women accusing Trump of sexual assault and his own confession to it on the ‘Hollywood Access' tape," Clinton added.
Former President Clinton has been facing increased scrutiny for past allegations of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and harassment allegations, that have garnered increased attention following scandals in politics, Hollywood, and the media.
Franken was accused two weeks ago by KABC anchor Leeann Tweeden of unwanted kissing and groping. A second woman came forward last Monday to accuse Franken of groping her butt while the two posed for a picture in 2010.