The former president, Bill Clinton, stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night where he promoted his novel which was co-written by James Patterson. However, the incident turned ugly when Stephen Colbert took him to task for the incident which got him impeached back in 1998.
During his time there, Bill also clarified on comments he made previously on the Today Show about Monica Lewinsky and the #MeToo movement.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Bill and Monica were both widely shamed in the media for their extramarital affair back in the 1990’s. It was the sexual misconduct case of the century, and one of the first times a president had been impeached since the attempt at Nixon’s impeachment in 1974.
It resulted in Bill’s impeachment and a public shaming of Monica, which, according to her, nearly ruined her life. Previously, Monica said that while it wasn’t sexual assault, it was an egregious abuse of power.
During his appearence on Colbert’s show last night, the former president said that when they separated the clip, they edited it so it looked like he said he never apologized to Monica and never intended to.
Bill said, “and I was mad at me,” for not saying it outright and apologizing with force. He went on to describe the incident as “not his finest hour” but the important thing was that he apologized to the American people, his wife, Monica, and everyone else that he hurt when he lied about it.
And his comments on the #MeToo movement? Bill said, “and I still believe this #MeToo movement is long overdue, necessary, and should be supported.”
Stephen Colbert went on to blame Bill Clinton for the incident, insinuating that Bill wasn’t punished or held accountable for his transgression, even though he was impeached for it.