While the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump continues to be a hot topic of conversation, the subject has had some unexpected consequences for someone who got caught up in Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the late 1990s – Monica Lewinsky. Whether you are old enough to remember Lewinsky’s affair and subsequent scandal with the then-POTUS, or you just know her name from numerous rap songs, the bullying she endured during that time was unprecedented, and now she has found herself to be a “punchline” once again.
Lewinsky – who is now 46-years-old – told Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show that impeachment is a constitutional crisis, and the situation is obviously much bigger than her. However, she admits the current impeachment talk has affected her personally.
“People are making comparisons to when Bill Clinton was impeached. I’ve become a punchline of a joke a little bit more than normal,” explained Lewinsky.
She says that in the past few weeks, she has found herself to be more sensitive, but some people might describe her mood as “cranky.” However, Lewinsky says the truth is that if the country is talking about impeaching the president, we are all affected.
The former White House intern was the victim of some serious public shaming during the late 90s and the constant punchline of jokes on late night TV. And, in 2014, Lewinsky wrote in Vanity Fair that she was possibly the first person ever to experience global humiliation that was internet-driven, as the scandal broke in 1998, when the internet was in its infancy.
In the years since, Lewinsky has become an activist against cyber-bullying and public shaming, and she says that she eventually realized that she couldn’t run away from what happened to her. Lewinsky says she had to “integrate” that experience into her life.
During her interview, Lewinsky debuted a PSA against online bullying, which is referred to as a “silent epidemic.”
“I can’t even begin to tell you what it feels like to be able to give a purpose to my past and to use these painful experiences to help other people,” said Monica Lewinsky.
The Today Show airs weekday mornings on NBC.