Former President Bill Clinton told NBC’s “Today” show that he believes he was dealt a bad hand during the Lewinsky scandal, and that his actions pale in comparison to President Donald Trump’s, and that he was treated “unfairly” by media who wanted to paint him as a sexual predator.
When asked about the scandal, which involved the President of the United States (Clinton) having sexual relations with an intern in the Oval Office, Clinton contended that the media had “omitted” key facts “to make the story work,” and that he “did the right thing” in “defending the Constitution.”
“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. “I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution.”
President Trump has denied the allegations against him. Former President Clinton’s behavior is well-established, not allegation. And recently, Monica Lewinsky herself implied that, in light of the #MeToo wave of sexual harassment allegations, she believes Clinton’s Oval Office behavior didn’t get the attention it deserved.
“Now, at 44, I’m beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern,” she wrote in Vanity Fair. “I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot.”
But if Bill Clinton is sorry for how he treated Monica Lewinsky, he certainly isn’t showing it. Asked by NBC’s Craig Melvin whether he felt he owed Lewinsky an apology, Clinton was firm: no.
“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,” Clinton said.
In fact, Clinton feels like the whole (literal) affair is a done deal. “This was litigated 20 years ago. Two-thirds of the American people sided with me.”