In response to Chelsea Clinton’s criticism of comments he made about rape, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday asked the former first daughter how she felt when she learned that her father was having sex with Monica Lewinsky in the White House.
In a Friday speech, Duterte informed soldiers that they could rape up to three women in an attempt to reassure the troops of his support as they enforced his newly imposed martial law on the south of the Philippines.
“Not funny. Ever,” Chelsea Clinton posted on Twitter in reaction to Duterte’s remark.
In a second tweet she wrote, “Duterte is a murderous thug with no regard for human rights. It’s important to keep pointing that out and that rape is never a joke.”
As criticism of Duterte’s remark emerged, Duterte claimed that his comment was sarcastic, and lashed out at those who took issue with it, particularly Clinton.
“These whores, they hear ‘rape.’ Like, like Chelsea, she slammed me. I was not joking, I was being sarcastic. Listen to the speech. I do not laugh at my own jokes,” wrote Duterte.
“I will tell her, when your father, the president of the United States, was f***ing Lewinsky and the girls in the White House, how did you feel? Did you slam your father?”
Duterte was referring to former president Bill Clinton’s acknowledged affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.
After posting a tweet accusing American soldiers of raping women in the Philippines and Japan, Duterte returned his aim to Clinton.
“You Americans, like Chelsea, be careful because you live in a glass house,” he wrote.
“I repeat, when President Clinton was f***ing Lewinsky, what was your statement or your reaction?”
Duterte regularly uses profanity, and made headlines in 2016 when he called former president Barack Obama a “son of a whore” for criticizing his drug war.
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