Believe the victims — unless they're Bill's
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The dominating issue of last Friday’s debates could have (and probably should have) been ISIS, ObamaCare, or the economy. Instead, the audience was practically water-boarded with sex scandals.

Even the moderators persisted in asking Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE about a 2005 video of him making lewd comments about women. The media, liberals, and all of your anti-Trump Facebook friends have been absolutely obsessed with this recording.

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In effort to take some heat off of himself, Trump brought Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broaddrick to that debate. The one thing all of these women have in common is that they’ve accused Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFederal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill Joe Biden's gamble with history Can America prevent a global warming cold war? MORE of sexual assault. What’s that? Bill isn’t running for the White House? If you honestly believe the Clintons haven’t been working as one well-oiled machine since the 1970s, then I have a casino to sell to you.

It’s absolutely important that the media covers Trump’s offensive words and accusers. But journalists are showing their bias by refusing to give fair coverage to the Clintons’ alleged actions. Why won’t the left, including Hillary, live up to her own standards? And more importantly, why won’t the press? Trump’s words are offensive, but the alleged actions of Bill Clinton are extremely disturbing.

As such, even though he is not running for office, it’s fair to ask what it means that Hillary would stand by such a man — for such a long time — when these sorts of accusations have dogged him every step of the way. And again, even though he’s not running for office, a win for Hillary puts Bill back in the White House, and back on the largest stage imaginable.

"Believe the victims," shouts the feminist-left, often from their Twitter accounts. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE has even raised her voice with theirs, tweeting: "You have the right to be believed, and we're with you.” Unfortunately for Hillz, Broaddrick, the woman who accused Bill Clinton of rape in 1978, also took to Twitter in effort to keep her accusation alive. As you may have guessed, Hillary’s original tweet was deleted shortly after.

With so many on the left claiming that all sexual assault victims deserve to be believed, why then aren’t the numerous women who Bill Clinton allegedly sexually assaulted treated with respect or seriousness in the mainstream media? Instead these women are dismissed or even worse, slut-shamed by the usual talking heads.

Even though it seemed distasteful to many viewers for Trump to trot these alleged victims out as props for the debate, sitting them in the front row as heartbreaking reminders of the evil that men can do to women, at least it kept them in the discussion.

Much like Bill Cosby, if properly investigated and given the attention such claims deserve, a snowball effect might occur with more women coming forward. But maybe that’s exactly why these charges continue to be ignored.

The human brain is a pattern-making machine. After a predator selects a victim for the first time, whether what follows takes the form of an ill-intentioned seduction or full-on sexual assault, the predator’s brain learns one of two things from the result: If caught and punished, the brain learns a lesson. If there are no tangible consequences, the predator has no reason to reform.

Serial abusers of women will continue to act with impunity as long as they have no reason to think they’ll be punished.

Those women seated in the front row of that debate hall were a reminder that if guilty of their alleged crimes, Bill has not learned the right lesson. He would’ve never had to. And if you believe these accusers you would have to agree that for her part, Hillary has obviously never insisted that her husband be held accountable.

That, on its own, is enough to call her judgment and morals into question.

Kristin Tate is a conservative columnist and author of the book "Government Gone Wild: How D.C. Politicians Are Taking You For a Ride And What You Can Do About It."
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