There was a public outcry to former President Bill Clinton’s angry response on Monday to questioning about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. He tried to clarify those comments a little later to calm the public reaction.
Clinton was promoting his new book at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in York City Monday evening when he addressed the furor over his earlier comments.
“The truth is, the hubbub was I got hot under the collar,” Clinton explained. “Because of the way the questions were asked, and I think what was lost are the two points that I made, that are important to me.”
“The suggestion was that I never apologized for what caused all the trouble for me 20 years ago,” he continued. “So first point is, I did.”
‘I live with it all the time’
“I meant it then, and I mean it now,” he said. “I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family, and to the American people. Before a panel of ministers in the White House, which was widely reported, so I was, I did that. I meant it then, and I mean it today. I live with it all the time.”
“The second is, that I support the ‘Me Too’ movement, and I think it’s long overdue,” he added. “And I have always tried to support it in the decisions and policies that I have advanced.”
The Blaze reports,
Keith Boykin, a former White House aide to Clinton, said on CNN that the former president needed to apologize to Lewinsky, and he listed off the three times he hurt Democratic presidential candidates.
‘I’ve tried to do a good job since then’
In the earlier interview, Clinton protested that he didn’t owe Lewinsky an apology, leading many to condemn the former president. As noted by CNN’s Erin Burnett, Clinton doubled down in his clarification by saying that he had already apologized publicly.
“I dealt with it 20 years ago. And the American people, two-thirds of them, stayed with me,” Clinton said. “And I’ve tried to do a good job since then with my life and with my work. That’s all I have to say to you.”
Not everyone was convinced by Clinton’s ‘apology’
HRC: (Oct’15) “I want to send a message to all every survivor of sexual assault … you have right to be believed”…….
ME: (Jan’16)my tweet “I was 35 yo when Bill Clinton raped me……….
HRC: removed “you have right to be believed from website”
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) June 4, 2018
Well Bill, your wife did say Sexual Assault Victims have a right be heard and believed… https://t.co/Ej8mCMG1qP
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 4, 2018
Real Women like Juanita (@atensnut) are IGNORED by #metoo movement. What got totally lost is that the Rapist @BillClinton was NEVER charged w/ rape, as if he is a “privileged rapist” who is automatically granted a free pass. #IBelieveHer #LockHimUp @AnOpenSecret @AsiaArgento https://t.co/gyLRE8TZQr
— realwomenrealstories (@PROJECT_RWRS) June 4, 2018