Hillary Clinton called out by 'The Daily Show' for handling of harassment claims

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah called out Hillary Clinton for her response to a New York Times report that she kept an advisor, Burns Strider, on her 2008 campaign staff after he was accused of harassing a young female staffer.

According to the CNN, the staffer accused Strider of touching her shoulders, kissing her forehead, and sending her suggestive emails.

At the time, Clinton’s campaign managers suggested Clinton fire Strider. However, Clinton only docked Strider several weeks of pay and ordered him to attend counseling. He declined to undergo counseling.

The young staffer, who was the victim in the claim, was then assigned to another job.

Of the report, Trevor Noah said, “A few areas I don’t expect Hillary Clinton to nail it: managing emails, visiting Wisconsin — weaknesses. But I expected standing up for a woman on her staff to be one of her strengths.”

Clinton responded to the report, tweeting, “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.”

Clinton followed up with a second tweet, reading, “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.”

Noah felt that Clinton’s response, which never makes a clear apology, was not in tune with today’s politics. Noah said, “I thought in 2018, with everything we’re learning about now, maybe Hillary would come out and say, ‘Hey guys, I realize I was part of the problem in the way I handled this. When I look back, I should have done better.'”

Noah then went as far as to imply that her failure to sternly punish Strider enabled him to continue his harassment. Noah blasted Clinton, saying, “This guy — Strider — he went on to get another job in Democratic politics, where he got fired for doing the same thing to other women. So you could argue that if Hillary had fired him, she would have been protecting many women instead of just herself.”

The Daily Show airs weeknights at 11 on Comedy Central.

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