Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is once more standing next to her husband as the Monica Lewinsky scandal has been brought back up in the front pages of popular media outlets in the wake of the #MeToo movement, President Donald Trump’s sexual assault accusations, and the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process.
Talking to CBS’ Sunday Morning, the former presidential candidate was asked, should former President Bill Clinton have resigned in the wake of the Lewinsky affair?
Hillary said no because the former White House intern was an adult and went on to bash Trump.
The Democrat said: “… who was an adult. But let me ask you this: Where’s the investigation of the current incumbent [president], against whom numerous allegations have been made, and which he dismisses, denies, and ridicules? So, there was an investigation [of President Clinton], and it, as I believe, came out in the right place.”
Mr. Clinton, who had initially refused to apologize to Lewinsky, had a change of heart and said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: “Here’s what I want to say: It wasn’t my finest hour, but the important thing is that was a very painful thing that happened 20 years ago, and I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family, to the American people. I meant it then, I meant it now. I’ve had to live the consequences every day since. And I still believe this Me Too movement is long overdue, necessary and should be supported.”
On the 20th anniversary of the scandal, Lewinsky penned a piece in Vanity Fair where she spoke about her pain and sorrow.
She confessed: “To be blunt, I was diagnosed several years ago with post-traumatic stress disorder, mainly from the ordeal of having been publicly outed and ostracized back then. My trauma expedition has been long, arduous, painful, and expensive. And it’s not over. (I like to joke that my tombstone will read, MUTATIS MUTANDIS—“With Changes Being Made.”)”
She added: “But as I find myself reflecting on what happened, I’ve also come to understand how my trauma has been, in a way, a microcosm of a larger, national one. Both clinically and observationally, something fundamental changed in our society in 1998, and it is changing again as we enter the second year of the Trump presidency in a post-Cosby-Ailes-O’Reilly-Weinstein-Spacey-Whoever-Is-Next world. The Starr investigation and the subsequent impeachment trial of Bill Clinton amounted to a crisis that Americans arguably endured collectively—some of us, obviously, more than others. It was a shambolic morass of a scandal that dragged on for 13 months, and many politicians and citizens became collateral damage—along with the nation’s capacity for mercy, measure, and perspective.”
Are you surprised that 20 years later, Hillary is still defending her husband’s actions and requested that Trump’s accusers be taken seriously and investigated?