As Hillary Clinton faces a raft of bad press over conflict-of-interest allegations at her family foundation, at least she’s got one outspoken advocate in her corner: Larry Flynt.  In an interview with Bloomberg Politics, the renowned pornographer said he’ll throw his support behind the former secretary of state in the 2016 election. “I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I don’t think she needs my endorsement,”  Flynt, who was left partially paralyzed after being shot in 1978, is a fierce defender of First Amendment freedoms — particularly as they pertain to pornographers — and described himself as a feminist of sorts to Bloomberg, as he backed the candidate he hopes would be the first female president.  A great number of Clinton’s ardent fans, and especially those who regard her as a feminist icon, may find it unsettling to have a man who has made a vast fortune in pornography inviting himself into the debate and backing their candidate. He acknowledges that “people in Gloria Steinem’s world, they think I’m the misogynist of the century.”  Flynt said he knows that politicians like Clinton generally like to stay away from associating with him, and he said it does not bother him.  Flynt told Bloomberg reporter John Heilemann: “I’m sure that Hillary doesn’t necessarily approve of everything I do.”  
The man behind the Hustler publishing empire, who has long endorsed Democratic candidates, said the Supreme Court’s future makeup is what motivates him to back the former secretary of state in 2016.  Flynt said that with Clinton as president, the makeup of the Supreme Court could be shifted left for the first time in decades. “They wind up making the rules that everybody else lives by, and we’ve had a right-leaning court for half a century,” Mr. Flynt said. Flynt said.  “But if Hillary gets in, chances are she’s going to have an opportunity to appoint two, maybe three justices… and we could shift the balance there.”   Flynt has long been a supporter of Democratic political candidates, particularly former President Bill Clinton. We remember that during the height of Clinton’s impeachment hearings in the late 90s, Flynt’s Hustler magazine offered readers a $1 million reward for information about any sexual indiscretions of Republican members of Congress. The contest ensnared Republican Speaker-elect Bob Livingston, a vocal supporter of impeachment who was forced to resign his House seat. Clinton eventually beat his impeachment proceedings a short time later.  We also remember that the self-proclaimed “smut peddler” was a strong advocate for California governor Jerry Brown, even attending fundraising events for the governor.  In a 2011 interview with San Diego CityBeat, Flynt described himself as a “civil libertarian to the core.” “Another thing that might surprise you about me is that I’m also very much a conservative,” Flynt said at the time. “I’m especially conservative on fiscal issues, in terms of how I handle my money, but on social issues I’m totally liberal. I don’t think the government has any business in your bedroom whatsoever, and it’s none of their business who you’re in there with or what you’re doing.”
According to Flynt, Bill Clinton—apparently still grateful for the porn king’s role in the downfall of Bob Livingston, a key moment in the deflation of the impeachment bubble. Flynt told Bloomberg that at a fundraiser for Jack Carter’s Senate run in Las Vegas in 2006, the former president Clinton walked up to him, shook his hand and said, “You’re my hero.”  Flynt showed John Heilemann (the Bloomberg reporter who did the interview) a photo on his desk of him and Clinton from the fundraiser, noting that the former president has denied the quote in question.  “He can say whatever he wants,” Flynt said, noting that Clinton has denied saying those words. “I have three witnesses.”   Then he went on talking about she Hillary should do: “All she needs to do is start fighting back” against the allegations of misconduct outlined in the book Clinton Cash, by Peter Schweizer. Flynt called the book about Clinton’s tenure at the State Department a “smear campaign” comparing Schweizer’s book to what Jerry Falwell did against her husband in the 1990s. “One of the biggest evangelists in the world put out a video accusing President Clinton of murder — [and Schweizer’s book] is the same kind of smear tactic,” he said.