Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Bill Clinton are gaining criticism after it was announced that they would hold a conversation together on women’s empowerment.
announced in a Tuesday press release that the two would be hosting a “one-on-one conversation” on Friday about the impact of
on women and ”
empowering women and girls
in the U.S. and around the world.”
erupted, and people slammed the move, given the accusations against Clinton and the way he has treated women in the past.
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“Is this a f—— joke?” tweeted Juanita Broaddrick, who has accused Clinton of raping her. “This pervert …….. who raped me …. is going to talk about empowering women …. with a woman who spread her legs for power.”
Conservative commentator Rita Panahi wrote on Twitter, “Is this a comedy sketch or are they seriously trying to present Bill Clinton as a champion of women?”
Twitter user Carmine Sabia said, “Kamala Harris is going to talk to Bill Clinton, not Hillary Clinton but Bill Clinton, about empowering women. Is this The Onion?”
Dr. Steven W. Thrasher, a professor at Northwestern University, wrote on the platform, “Even post-Trump, even during Cuomo, even decades after what he did with a White House intern looks very different well into the Me Too era, the Democrats are uncaring enough about the workplace conditions of women that they can’t quit Bill Clinton.”
“A slew of men are correctly being called to account (@NYGovCuomo ) but the guy who committed classic case of workplace sexual harassment, and probably is a rapist, gets a pass & a high-profile panel?” political strategist and former Bernie Sanders surrogate Jonathan Tasini asked in a tweet.
The vice president’s office did not immediately respond to the
request for comment.
Friday’s virtual conversation will be held in partnership with Howard University, Harris’s alma mater, as part of the 13th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting.
The weeklong event is supposed to bring together “600 students from across the world who have made Commitments to Action — new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges,” according to the Clinton Foundation. Other speakers will include Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Stacey Abrams, and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser.