Hillary Clinton faced a lot of social media furor after it was revealed that she had shielded her spiritual adviser from accusations of sexual harassment by a young female staffer on Clinton’s campaign. But now the muck just got a lot deeper when it was revealed that not only did has he been accused of doing it again, but he was accused by multiple women.
According to reports, Burns Strider allegedly harassed a young woman while working for Clinton’s campaign in 2008. Although Clinton’s chief of staff wanted to fire him when the news came out, Hillary Clinton intervened, instead docking his pay and sending him to counseling. He was kept on the job but the woman he allegedly harassed was transferred to another job. And the kicker? They made her sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Flash forward to some years later in 2016. Strider is then still working in the Clinton ambit, working for Correct the Record another organization formed to help promote Clinton for President.
From Daily Caller:
Six employees at Correct the Record told BuzzFeed that Strider harassed at least two women during his time working at the PAC. One of the women said Strider told her “you look sexy,” made comments about her physical appearance and would constantly touch her, giving her back rubs. Three other female staffers reported similar experiences in which Strider tried to give them back rubs as well.
Another female staffer reported to BuzzFeed that while she worked at Correct the Record for a year, Strider once kissed her nose when she stepped out of an Uber, as well as making inappropriate comments on the way she dressed and her body.
When grilled, Strider fell back on the ‘Franken Defense,’ he didn’t remember it that way.
Strider told BuzzFeed that some of the incidents he was involved in were inappropriate, however he did not remember the others happening the way the women said they did.
“I’ve come to realize that those terms in the workplace are not preferred, by and large,” Strider said to BuzzFeed. “At the time, there were certainly terms I [used]. It’s just something I have to broadly apologize for.”
Clinton had weighed in before Strider. She did not deny the event but tried to spin it as though she had adequately addressed the matter.
“A story appeared today about something that happened in 2008. I was dismayed when it occurred, but was heartened the young woman came forward, was heard, and had her concerns taken seriously and addressed,” Hillary said.
“I called her today to tell her how proud I am of her and to make sure she knows what all women should: we deserve to be heard.”
That took some nerve to try to push that she did something. And if she wanted the girl to be heard she wouldn’t have had her sign a non-disclosure agreement.
But because she covered it up and likely didn’t tell the folks at Correct the Record, multiple women were now allegedly harassed there.
Champion of Women. Not.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]