There is no legitimate basis upon which to treat Bill Clinton better than Bill Cosby.
We are in the midst of a campaign to strip Bill Cosby’s name from buildings and other forms of public recognition because of allegations he sexually abused multiple women decades ago.
Cosby has not been convicted of a single one of those charges.
But that has not stopped action against Cosby in the public sphere. For example, Buzzfeed reported in September 2015, Bill Cosby’s Name Removed From Historically Black University In Ohio:
Central State University, a historically black college in Wilberforce, Ohio, announced Friday it is permanently removing Bill Cosby’s name from a building following the multiple allegations of sexual assault made against the comedian.
According to the Associated Press, the school put a temporary cover over the name of the Camille O. & William H. Cosby Communications Center building in July, but in the coming weeks the letters will be removed entirely and replaced with “SCU Communications Center.”
The building was named after the comedian when his family donated over $2 million to the school.
Time magazine has compiled a list:
Spelman College. In July, the historically black women’s collegediscontinued its endowed professorship with Cosby, who donated $20 million in 1988. The school had suspended the program in 2014 before terminating it completely.
CAA. The comedian’s talent agency, which had represented him since 2012, dropped him in late 2014.
New York University. In September, university officials removed“William H. Cosby” from the title of its Future Filmmakers Workshop.
TV Land. The cable network removed Cosby Show reruns from its lineup indefinitely in late 2014.
Drexel University. The Philadelphia school revoked Cosby’s honorary degree in November.
The University of Pittsburgh. “Based on a unanimous recommendation from the University Committee for honorary degree recipients, the University of Pittsburgh has rescinded the honorary doctor of humane letters degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 2002 at the commencement ceremony on Pitt’s Johnstown campus,” the schoolannounced in November.
Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman. In July, both of the comediansasked for their endorsements to be removed from a 2014 Cosby biography titled Cosby: His Life and Times.
Drew University. The New Jersey university voted in October to revoke Cosby’s honorary degree.
Brown University. The Ivy League institution rescinded Cosby’s honorary degree in September. “It has become clear,” wrote Brown President Christina Paxson, “by his own admission in legal depositions that became public this summer, that Mr. Cosby has engaged in conduct with women that is contrary to the values of Brown.”
Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In July, Disney announced that it planned to remove a Bill Cosby statue from its Hollywood Studios theme park.
Fordham University. In September, the New York City university’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rescind Cosby’s honorary degree. It was the first time Fordham ever revoked the honor.
Tufts University. The Massachusetts school announced in October that it was rescinding Cosby’s honorary doctorate of arts.
Goucher College. Cosby had received an honorary degree in 2001 when he was the school’s commencement speaker. In October, it was rescinded.
Former President Bill Clinton also has been accused of multiple sexual assaults. Many of the details have drifted from memory.
Red Alert Politics prepared A millennial’s guide to Bill Clinton’s 20+ sex scandals. Many of those scandals did not involve claims that would constitute crimes. For example, Clinton used his power to exploit Monica Lewinsky, a relationship that almost universally would be viewed by feminists in 2016 as an abuse of power disparity and tantamount to a crime even if not violative of the criminal code.
But there were other instances where criminal activity was involved, such as the Paula Jones case.
But the most serious accusation was of rape by Juanita Broaddrick. Left-leaning Vox.com did a recent “explainer” on the Broaddrick case and is is sufficiently chilling that David French at National Review wrote, It’s a Bad Day for the Clintons When Vox Fairly Explains the Rape Allegation Against Bill:
I must admit, when I clicked this morning on Vox’s ”explainer” of Juanita Broaddrick’s rape allegation against Bill Clinton, I expected a whitewash. I was wrong. Not only did Dylan Matthews do an excellent job laying out the story, he reminded me of a number of details I’d forgotten.
Her story is infuriating, painting a picture of casual, callous brutality. …
The accusations against Clinton are as serious as the accusations against Cosby, though with the added angle that Clinton used his public position in government both to perpetrate his crimes and to silence the victims.
So why is Bill Clinton’s name still on the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building, which houses the Environmental Protection Agency?
In 2012 Congress passed legislation renaming the building. The Washington Post noted during the 2013 naming that this was an unusual and prestigious recognition, Bill Clinton is joining an exclusive club:
Now that the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters has become the William J. Clinton Building, the nation’s 42nd president will enter an even more rarified club than the one he’s belonged to for more than a decade: he will be one of just under two dozen people who have a federal building in the District of Columbia named after them.
If we are to hold Bill Clinton to the same standard of public recognition as we are holding Bill Cosby, there is no reason why Clinton’s name should continue to adorn a major federal office building. What message does that send to women who work for the federal government, and to the school girls who will pass by the building during tours of D.C.?
More important, this is a year in which we likely will have the first female nominee for President for one of the two major political parties, and in which fair treatment of women is a central campaign issue for everyone.
This should be the year in which Bill Clinton’s name should be removed from the EPA office building.
We have started a Petition asking the White House to remove Clinton’s name.
We need 100,000 signatures for the White House to be required to respond. We also will take the Petition to Congress to ask that, if legislation is needed, such legislation be passed. But given President Obama’s willingness on a range of subjects to accomplish goals through executive and agency action, we think Obama can get it done. Yes he can.