sex wars
Trump Appoints Conservative Firebrand to Office for Civil Rights

Last year, in the context of the ongoing debate about campus rape, Hillary Clinton’s campaign declared that women reporting sexual assault “have the right to be believed.” This statement irked due process advocates, who said that campus procedures already saddled the accused with a presumption of guilt.

Now, in one of his presidency’s most pointed acts of trolling, Donald Trump has elevated to the Office for Civil Rights in Education—the agency charged with policing campus rape—a woman who is best known for publicly prosecuting Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual misconduct toward women and Hillary Clinton’s supposed complicity. The Washington Post reports:

Candice E. Jackson, who aided Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign by highlighting Hillary Clinton’s role in defending a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl, has been tapped for a key civil rights position at the Education Department, according to her alma mater.

A report from Pepperdine University’s law school, from which Jackson earned a degree in 2002, said Jackson will serve as acting assistant secretary for civil rights. If the report is true, she would temporarily be in charge of the office responsible for enforcing the nation’s civil rights laws in schools, including their handling of campus sexual assault. She also has been hired as deputy assistant secretary for civil rights, according to the university report. […]

Jackson is the author of the 2005 book “Their Lives: Women Targeted by the Clinton Machine,” which detailed the stories of women such as Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick, who said their lives had been upended and their reputations ruined after crossing paths with former president Bill Clinton.

If you put partisanship aside, Jackson’s record—campaigning on behalf of Bill Clinton’s accusers, excoriating Hillary Clinton for defending an alleged rapist—might suggest that she would be a hard-line feminist on the campus sexual assault issue, inclined to support policies that would make it harder for college men to defend themselves against sexual assault claims.

But all the evidence suggests that Jackson is very much of a partisan. Some of her inflammatory charges against the Clintons may be legitimate, but she actively campaigned for a man whose record on women is hardly any better.

No one can say what kinds of policies she will champion at the helm of the powerful OCR. Its leadership under President Obama was composed of ideologues who worked to implement the agenda of the campus feminist Left; it wouldn’t surprise us if someone like Jackson is prepared to make similarly radical changes, but in the opposite direction.

Features Icon
show comments
© The American Interest LLC 2005-2017 About Us Masthead Submissions Advertise Customer Service