A friend of Bill Clinton’s claims to have heard the president reveal that Hillary was “a little put off” by the “gay agenda”
Taylor Branch, a long-time friend of Bill Clinton, recorded the former president several times for an oral history project, reports The Advocate. It is during one of these interviews that Clinton allegedly revealed that Hillary Clinton was, in the 90s, not as comfortable with homosexuality as she appears to be now.
Although Clinton kept the original recordings, Branch claims that he kept an audio diary and recorded his thoughts after each interview.
Branch claims during one recording made in 1999, Bill Clinton was worried that Hillary’s positions on gay rights would damage her Senate race campaign. When Clinton stopped the interview to take a call from Hillary, he returned and was gave Branch a blunt assessment of how her position might derail her campaign.
Branch says in his recording made after the Clinton interview: “[Bill] came in and he said, ‘You know I’ve had much more contact in my life with gay people than Hillary has. He said, ‘I think she’s really a little put off by some of this stuff.’ [Bill] said, ‘Generally I support the gay agenda right down the line. He said [signing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell] was hard for me, and I’m sure there are still a few things that are hard for me to swallow.'”
Clinton also allegedly told Branch that “Hillary, emotionally speaking, still finds the issue harder to swallow than I do. And that it could be difficult for her in New York politics, how far she’ll be asked to go.”
Hillary was the first and, to this day, only FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States) to march in a Pride parade, which she did while a Senatorial candidate in New York in 1999 – the time period the recording is allegedly from.
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