Hillary Clinton is often championed by liberals and feminists as the only presidential candidate who will fight for the rights of women and children. But in 1975, she fought in court to clear the name of a brutal child rapist — and pinned the blame of the rape on the 12-year-old victim.
But if defending a child rapist isn’t vile enough, in the 1980s Clinton actually admitted that she knew she was defending a guilty man — and laughed about it:
Newly discovered audio recordings of Hillary Clinton from the early 1980s include the former first lady’s frank and detailed assessment of the most significant criminal case of her legal career: defending a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.
In 1975, the same year she married Bill, Hillary Clinton agreed to serve as the court-appointed attorney for Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old accused of raping the child after luring her into a car.
The recordings, which date from 1983-1987 and have never before been reported, include Clinton’s suggestion that she knew Taylor was guilty at the time. She says she used a legal technicality to plead her client, who faced 30 years to life in prison, down to a lesser charge.
Listen to the recordings below, if you can stomach it: