Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign was surrounded by controversy and scandal. The American populace voted accordingly, and Barack Obama was voted in as the first African-American president. Now, ten years after that presidential run, one of those scandals has just been revealed. Clinton apparently protected one of her top staffers from sexual harassment claims.
The New York Times reported on Friday that Clinton protected one of her top advisers, Burns Strider, from being fired for allegedly sexually harassing a young woman in the office.
Strider was accused by the woman of making unwanted sexual advances. The Times said the woman claimed that he would regularly kiss her forehead, rub her shoulders and send explicit emails.
Clinton’s campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, recommended that Clinton cut ties with Strider. Instead of firing him, Clinton docked a few weeks of his pay and moved the women to another office.
The woman was told to sign a non-disclosure agreement after she left the Clinton campaign. Strider was ordered to undergo counseling to make sure another incident like this wouldn’t happen again.
To nobody’s surprise, Strider was fired from his position from pro-Clinton PAC Correct The Record following another string of alleged sexual harassment incidents of young staffers.
Following his firing, a spokesperson for Clinton’s organization issued a statement. “To ensure a safe working environment, the campaign had a process to address complaints of misconduct or harassment. When matters arose, they were reviewed in accordance with these policies, and appropriate action was taken,” the statement said. “This complaint was no exception.”
According to The Hill, Strider was married at the time of the first harassment claim. Strider and Clinton seem to have stayed friends. He and his son were seen with Clinton at her birthday party in October 2017.
Ironically, Strider chastised Bill O’Reilly about the sexual harassment claims against him last year. Strider has yet to comment on the allegations.