Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Bill Clinton defends his behavior amid #MeToo movement

Bill Clinton defends his behavior amid #MeToo movement

In a testy interview with NBC's "Today" show aired on Monday, the 71-year-old Clinton was also asked for his thoughts on the #MeToo movement.

Clinton is on a promotional tour for his new book he wrote with James Patterson, titled "The President is Missing". But it was a fight that I was glad to undertake after the elections, when the people had solidly told, by two-thirds or more, the Republicans to stop it. And I've tried to do a good job since then, and with my life and with my work.

Asked if the media has been unfair to Trump in its reporting on the Russian Federation probe, Clinton said, "I think they have tried by and large to cover this investigation based on the facts".

The former president also defended his record on women, "I had a sexual harassment policy when I was governor in the '80s".

Clinton's interview comes almost four months after Lewinsky published an essay regarding the #MeToo movement and her highly publicized affair in Vanity Fair.

NBC reporter Craig Melvin asked Clinton if he ever apologized to Lewinsky, which led Clinton to become defensive and talk about how he paid a steep cost for his actions.

"His great legacy is now we have half the country, any time you talk about the conduct of Donald Trump, anything that's wrong, says like that, 'What about Bill Clinton?'" Schmidt said. "I did say, publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry". That is very different.

She added that, "I'm beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot".

Clinton: No, I felt awful then, and I came to grips with it. The House impeached Clinton in 1998, but the Senate acquitted the President, preventing his removal from office. "He said he was right in fighting the impeachment proceedings because the facts of his investigation don't fall in to the same category as other cases that have been spawned by the "#metoo" movement.

Cultural awareness about sex and power has changed so much over the past 20 years, going into a hyperdrive shift with Me Too and accounts from women about men like Weinstein and Trump. He's denied the accounts of more than a dozen women who've accused him of sexual misconduct.

Lewinsky wrote in a Vanity Fair essay this year that she "was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position".

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