During an interview on NBC News’ “Today” show, former president Bill Clinton answered some recent criticisms over his affair with Monica Lewinsky and defended his decision, in light of the #MeToo movement, to stay in office after the scandal.
“A lot of the facts have been conveniently omitted to make the story work, I think partly because they’re frustrated that they got all these serious allegations against the current occupant of the Oval Office and his voters don’t seem to care,” Clinton said, trying to deflect the attention to President Donald Trump. “I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution.”
When Craig Melvin asked if he owed Lewinsky an apology he replied, “No, I do not — I have never talked to her. But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public.”
Earlier this year in an essay published by Vanity Fair, Lewinsky reveals she questioned the narrative of the affair: “Now, at 44, I’m beginning to consider the implications of power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern,” she wrote. “I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot.”
But we think NBC focused on the wrong woman. Juanita Broaddrick would have been a far more interesting and just conversation to have with the former president.