Former Vice President Al Gore is hitting the campaign trail for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, making him the second Clinton surrogate with a history of sex assault accusations.
Clinton is deploying Gore – “the very oldest of the old guard,” as CNN describes him – in a reported attempt to court millennial voters the former secretary of state has struggled to energize throughout her campaign by appealing to their purported interest in climate change.
Gore’s main claim to fame, of course, is “An Inconvenient Truth” – the Nobel Peace Prize winning documentary about global warming that film critic Phil Hall described as “a blatant intellectual fraud.”
“Clinton and aides have recently been pointing to Gore’s 2000 experience as a warning to young voters who are considering voting for third-party candidates,” Politico reports. “Gore also is a notable spokesman for the issue of climate change – a topic President Barack Obama has also been using to try to energize young voters.”
What likely will not energize millennials is a second Clinton surrogate with a track record of treating women like their personal property.
“To every survivor of sexual assault…You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We’re with you.” —Hillary
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2015
Clinton’s embrace of Gore is perplexing considering her proclamation on Twitter in September to “every survivor of sexual assault … You have the right to be heard.
“You have the right to be believed,” she tweeted. “We’re with you.”
And among you.
Gore was accused by multiple massage therapists of attempting to solicit a happy ending to hours long massage sessions in the mid-2000s. An Oregon masseuse filed a complaint against Gore after the 54-year-old woman was called in for the “VIP” client’s three-hour massage session, where Gore was “out of control,” like a “sex-crazed poodle,” The Oregonian reported.
“He pleaded, groped me, grabbed me, engulfed me in embrace, tongue kissed me, massaged me, grabbed my breasts,” the woman said in a complaint to Portland police obtained by Fox 12 Oregon.
The woman’s report prompted other masseuses to come forward with similar claims, including one woman who told police Gore wanted a “chakra release,” otherwise known as a hand-job, Business Insider reports.
“I was shocked and I did not massage beyond what is considered a safe, nonsexual area of the abdomen,” the woman said, according to a transcript of her interview published by The New York Times. “He further insisted and acted angry, becoming verbally sharp and loud.
“I went into much deeper shock as I realized it appeared he was demanding sexual favors or sexual behaviors.”
The woman alleged Gore also attempted to pressure her into sex, and she didn’t know what to do.
“I did not immediately call the police as I feared being made into a public spectacle and my reputation being destroyed,” she said. “I was not sure what to tell them and was concerned my story would not be believed since there was no DNA evidence from a completed act of rape.”
At least one of the incidents occurred while Gore was in Portland to deliver a speech on global warming, the Times reports.
Gore’s alleged groping, of course, seems relatively mild compared to accusations leveled at Clinton’s husband and former President Bill Clinton.
Juanita Broaddrick, who was a volunteer for Bill Clinton’s 1978 gubernatorial campaign, accused Clinton of forcibly raping her in a Little Rock hotel room despite her calls to “please stop” and attempts to push him away.
Former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey also accused Clinton of sexually assaulting her during his first term as president. There was also Paula Jones, and others.
Willey recently provided her take on the suggestion of bringing in Clinton’s past lovers to attend the presidential debates, as well as Hillary’s penchant for surrounding herself with accused sexual predators.
“The real story here is … the lust for power that the Clintons have displayed for decades,” she told Breitbart. “Hillary Clinton has lied, cheated and stolen our lives from us. People have died in her eake of deceit.
“We could fill the entire audience. I would like to see the day when these women can step into the light and share their stories of brutality, terror and intimidation without the kind of intimidation and recrimination that we have experienced for far too many years.”