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Bill Clinton was slammed on social media following a contentious interview with NBC’s “Today” show on Monday morning during which former president said he does not owe Monica Lewinsky a direct apology.
“Through the lens of #MeToo now, do you think differently or feel more responsibility?” asked anchor Craig Melvin. “Did you ever apologize to her [Lewinsky]?”
“I left the White House $16 million in debt [from legal fees], but you typically have ignored gaping facts in describing this, and I bet you don’t even know them,” Clinton shot back.
The article goes on to state the following:
“This was litigated 20 years ago. Two-thirds of the American people sided with me. They were not insensitive to that. I had a sexual harassment policy when I was governor in the eighties. I had two women chiefs of staff when I was governor. Women were overrepresented in the attorney general’s office in the seventies, for their percentage in the bar. I have had nothing but women leaders in my office since I left. You are giving one side and omitting facts,” the former president added.
“But you didn’t apologize to her [Lewinsky]?” –@craigmelvin
“I have not talked to her.” –Bill Clinton
“Do you feel that you owe her an apology?” –Melvin
“No. I have never talked to her, but I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry.” -Clinton pic.twitter.com/dVAb0OycIa
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 4, 2018
Did Bill Clinton just #metoo Monica Lewinsky??? I (almost) have no words… Props for always being ahead of the curve as the first male to publicly somehow claim victim-hood from his actions against women. Balsy! Stupid… but balsy!!! https://t.co/Fvn7Cp3OmP
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 4, 2018
Why did it take two decades for any reporter to ask Bill Clinton that during an interview?
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 4, 2018
My guess would be that #metoo changed the framework of public perception on the issue, which is a good thing. His answer was not a good thing.
— Brian Chovanec (@Brian_Chovanec) June 4, 2018
While I agree it’s a travesty, @craigmelvin was only 19 years old when the Lewinsky thing happened. He deserves credit for having the guts to ask Clinton now.
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) June 4, 2018
Bill Clinton responds by attacking Melvin as presenting “one side”, and pivots to talking about how much debt he incurred, how many women he employed and how he had a sexual harassment policy in the 1980s. https://t.co/D04WBZS52L
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) June 4, 2018
Bill Clinton having a near temper tantrum on the Today Show when asked about whether he should apologize to Monica Lewinsky and whether he should have resigned will be the clip of the day.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 4, 2018
Bill Clinton gets asked if he ever apologized to Lewinsky. He responds by saying Starr investigation was unfair https://t.co/C96l2tJBe4
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 4, 2018
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) June 4, 2018
In this stunner of a @TODAYshow interview, @BillClinton deploys every bad argument known to man to defend his refusal to do the decent thing and personally apologize to #MonicaLewinsky. It’s not old news; #MeToo is as current as it gets. https://t.co/7UMomHVF2a
— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) June 4, 2018
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) June 4, 2018
On whether he has apologized to Monica Lewinsky: "I've apologized to everyone in the world," but later admits he hasn't apologized to her directly. "The apology is public."
— Marina Fang (@marinafang) June 4, 2018
What's striking here is how much he, like so many men, see THEMSELVES as the victims.
— Marina Fang (@marinafang) June 4, 2018
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