Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Stephen Colbert grills Bill Clinton on #MeToo, Monica Lewinsky comments

Stephen Colbert grills Bill Clinton on #MeToo, Monica Lewinsky comments

Former United States President Bill Clinton has blamed NBC editing for his defensive response to a question about his infamous affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

"When I saw the interview, I thought that because they had to distill it, it looked like I was saying I didn't apologise and I had no intention to, and I was mad at me", he told the late show host Tuesday.

The ex-president responded, "It wasn't my finest hour", adding, "I was mad at me - not for the first time".

"It wasn't my finest hour, but the important thing is, that was a very painful thing that happened 20 years ago", Clinton said on The Late Show Tuesday. Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie also discussed the incident with Melvin on air, mentioning Clinton's "false allegations" about the interview. He accused Melvin of "omitting facts" and said "nobody believes that I got out of that for free". "Like, I'm supposed to feel sorry for you when you leave the White House?" she said. And I've tried to do a good job since then, and with my life and with my work.

Detecting some of that Bill Clinton fancy footwork that so often earned him political success and the ire of his enemies, Colbert pressed the former President on his apparent feeling that the Lewinsky business was settled in the past and not worthy of re-examination under this new period of enlightenment and reckoning about sexual harrassment.

Clinton added that he was frustrated by the question because he had been asked about Lewinsky in the context of #MeToo before, after thousands of stories of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct emerged in recent months.

Behar explained that Clinton's situation was more complicated, because his conduct wasn't as widely disgraceful.

Let us hope there are more journalists like Craig Melvin who put this very relevant question to people like Bill Clinton, who have got away with the most heinous crimes against women for many years.

Since Hillary Clinton had already apologized for her 1996 sound bite calling young offenders "super predators", finding other tasks for her scene-stealing husband was probably a wise call.

The women were debating Bill's heated "Today" show interview, where he said he didn't owe Lewinsky an apology, and suffered significant backlash as a result.

Then astonishingly went on to claim "Two-thirds of the American people sided with me".

"I don't know what people say in their books, what I know is if they were complicit, that's their marriage and that's what they do", Goldberg said, insisting Clinton "is the woman who goes through it every day, every day from both sides".

Clinton is now on the promo circuit thanks to his new book with James Patterson, The President Is Missing. "He wants to stay in power", Clinton said referring to Kim.

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