2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reportedly is joining presidential candidate Joe Biden, the Obamas, and other top Democrats in speaking at the Democratic National Convention later this month.
Along with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, the former first lady will be among several notable Democrats to speak ahead of Biden’s acceptance of the party’s 2020 nomination, as reported by The Hill. Both Barack and Michelle Obama are also reportedly set to speak, along with former GOP presidential candidate John Kasich.
The Clintons bring their baggage
Bill Clinton is among the scheduled speakers, according to Fox News, which might strike some as unusual given the ongoing speculation surrounding his connections with convicted sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein.
Despite the baggage represented by the Clintons, the DNC has apparently determined that their political clout makes it worth keeping them around.
As for Hillary Clinton, her performance in the 2016 campaign did undeniable damage to the Democratic party. In some cases, high-profile party members have gone out of their way to distance themselves from the former secretary of state.
Nevertheless, she has remained a monumental figure among many progressives and feminists, so an appearance at the upcoming convention might not come as a complete surprise to political pundits.
What is notable, though, is that her husband has been slated to speak. While his significance in American political history and within the party is clear, he tends to bring along negative press and sordid accusations.
New allegations against Bill Clinton
Most recently, the testimony of one alleged Epstein victim put the former president on the disgraced financier’s private island along with “two young girls,” as reported by the New York Post.
As with related allegations in the past, Clinton has flatly denied any involvement in illegal activities.
“The story keeps changing, the facts don’t,” declared Angel Urena, a Clinton spokesman, in response to the latest reports. “President Clinton has never been to the island.”
Furthermore, Urena asserted that the former president had not spoken to Epstein for more than a decade before the sex-trafficking allegations against him were first raised.
Some might charitably chalk up the Clintons’ inclusion as a nod toward a big-tent approach to November’s election. To others, however, it might look as though the Democratic Party has a shallow bench of influential and reputable speakers from which to choose.