Former President Bill Clinton appeared uncomfortable as NBC reporter Craig Melvin confronted him with the legacy of the Monica Lewinksy scandal, in an appearance on the “Today” show that aired Monday.
“Nobody believes I got out of that for free,” Clinton claimed. “I left the White House $16 million in debt.”
Clinton accused Melvin and the media of “omitting facts” in the case, and he touted his appointment of two women to be his chief of staff while he was governor of Arkansas.
“You typically have ignored gaping facts in describing this, and I bet you don’t even know them,” he continued.
“This was litigated 20 years ago. Two-thirds of the American people sided with me,” Clinton said. “They were not insensitive that I had a sexual harassment policy when I was governor in the ’80s. I had two women chiefs of staff when I was governor. Women were over-represented in the attorney general’s office in the ’70s for their percentage of the bar.”
He continued, “I’ve had nothing but women leaders in my office since I left. You are giving one side and omitting facts.”
Melvin asked Clinton if he had ever personally apologized to Monica Lewinsky, and the former president claimed that his public apology was enough.
“I have never talked to her,” he said. “But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry.”
Clinton’s co-author, James Patterson, jumped into the conversation, saying that it “was 20 years ago.” Patterson brought up the conduct of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
“Do you think President Kennedy should have resigned? Do you believe President Johnson should have resigned?” Clinton asked.
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
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