The “campus sexual assault” page in the “issues” tab of Hillary Clinton‘s campaign website used to begin with a quote. “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you.” The last sentence of that statement, which Clinton made at a campaign rally last September, disappeared earlier this year, though a video of Clinton saying the full quote is still on the page. According to BuzzFeed, the deletion came shortly after a tweet from Juanita Broaddrick — the woman who accused Bill Clinton of raping her in 1978 — went viral:
After Broaddrick’s revelation made headlines, Clinton was confronted with the story at a campaign rally, where she was asked whether the women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault and harassment also had “the right to be believed.” Clinton responded, “Well, I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence.”
The Clinton campaign has previously responded to claims that the Democratic presidential nominee was working behind the scenes to cover up her husband’s abusive behavior. “These are attempts to draw Hillary Clinton into decades-old allegations through recent fabrications that are unsubstantiated,” campaign spokesperson Brian Fallon said in January. “Hillary Clinton has spent her whole life standing up for women, and charges to the contrary are grossly unfair and untrue.” The Clinton campaign declined to provide a comment for BuzzFeed‘s story.