George Conway: Assault allegation against Trump more believable than claim against Clinton

June 23, 2019

A new allegation of sexual assault — with virtually no evidence to support it — has been leveled against President Donald Trump, and the president’s haters have once again taken that claim and run with it for all that it is worth.

One of those haters is Washington attorney George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who asserted in an op-ed for The Washington Post that the new rape claim against Trump is at least as credible, if not more so than Juanita Broaddrick’s rape claim against former President Bill Clinton.

Comparing claims

The new allegation against Trump comes from a liberal feminist author and advice columnist named E. Jean Carroll, who claims that then-businessman Trump assaulted and forcibly raped her in a high-end department store dressing room in 1995 or 1996. She never told the police, there is no verifiable evidence supporting the claim. For his part, Trump has firmly denied it.

During Clinton’s tenure in office in the 1990s, Broaddrick claimed that Clinton assaulted and raped her in a hotel room in 1978 when Clinton was attorney general of Arkansas. She, too, had not gone to the police, had little verifiable evidence in support of the claim, and had her allegation similarly denied by the then-president.

Conway recalled how during the 2016 election, Trump heralded as “courageous” Broaddrick and the other women who had leveled accusations of sexual misconduct against Clinton in response to the release of the Access Hollywood video and a slew of baseless rape accusations from upwards of 20 politically motivated Hillary Clinton supporters.

Conway: Carroll credible

President Trump responded to the allegation from Carroll in blistering fashion, essentially accusing her of fabricating the claim in order to increase sales of her new book. He claimed to have never really met or known Carroll, chided his haters and the media for unquestioningly buying her story, and publicly called out the Democratic Party as being behind the new claim to disrupt his 2020 re-election campaign.

“But Trump called Broaddrick ‘courageous,’ and if Broaddrick was courageous, then certainly Carroll is as well. For Carroll’s story is at least as compelling as Broaddrick’s — if not more so,” Conway wrote.

He went on: “And that is because Carroll’s claim, for a number of reasons, actually rests upon a significantly stronger foundation than Broaddrick’s.”

Shaky comparisons

Conway went on to argue that Broaddrick’s initial denial of any wrongdoing by Clinton — part of the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by fellow Clinton accuser Paula Jones — countermanded her later claim of rape against the president.

He also argued that Carroll’s claim held more weight since there were more accusers against Trump than there had been against Clinton. Further, Conway seemed to automatically attach credibility to the claims against Trump while dismissing or downplaying the claims against Clinton.

The controversial attorney also harkened back to the Access Hollywood tape — in which Trump was heard bragging about what lustful groupies would let him do — and appeared to fraudulently argue that the mere existence of a tape of Trump saying such things, when no similar tape of Clinton is known to exist, conferred additional credibility to Carroll’s claim.

Conway also, predictably, accused Trump of lying about having never met Carroll before, citing a photo Carroll produced from 1987 of Carroll and her then-husband chatting with Trump and then-wife Ivana — ignoring the fact that, as a billionaire playboy and real estate mogul, Trump has shaken hands with and been introduced to more people than he’ll ever remember.

Hypocrisy all around

“Republicans or conservatives who promoted Broaddrick’s charges would be hypocritical if they fail to champion Carroll and condemn Trump,” Conway concluded.

But the hypocrisy bridge was crossed and burned by partisan Democrats back in the 1990s when any and all accusations against Clinton were summarily dismissed. Now, 20 years later, the Dems unquestioningly accept as gospel truth any and all allegations against Trump — no matter how far-fetched, for purely partisan reasons.

There may well be far more accusations of sexual misconduct against Trump than Clinton, but sheer numbers don’t replace credible evidence or corroborating witnesses, and Conway — as an attorney — should know better.

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Ben Marquis

Ben Marquis is a staff writer for Conservative Institute.