In the 1990s, the president who had an inappropriate relationship with one of his interns was Bill Clinton. The man is known for being a horndog when he was governor of Arkansas, it should have been expected that sooner or later with all the tender flesh surrounding him at the White House Bill was going to hone into at least one of them like a heat-seeking missile. (Seriously, it was no great secret the man couldn’t and still can’t keep his pants zipped.)
At the time, the intern, one Monica Lewinsky who has largely stayed out of the public eye, was portrayed as the lolita, the seductress who entrapped the president. Of course, no thinking adult believed it, because the relationship would not have happened if both of them were not complicit.
So, here we are twenty years later, and Lewinsky wrote an article Vanity Fair that was published in March describing her evolution from a used woman and a Hester Prynne sort of reputation into an anti-bullying advocate. Really, what she described was pretty typical victimhood complete with trauma and PTSD, although the article points the majority of animosity if there is any left at Special Prosecutor more so than Bill Clinton. Essentially, Lewinsky’s life was made into a living hell.
Not many people will argue that Lewinsky’s ordeal was somewhat a result of her own choices, but NO ONE outside of his circle actually believes that Bill Clinton is a victim in any of it. Yet, he made the claim in an interview with NBC. Furthermore, he refused to apologize for his part in the affair and the ordeal.
Clinton made the incendiary remarks in a recent interview with NBC. In the interview Clinton was remorseless, saying he would not do anything different during the scandal. “If the facts were the same today, I wouldn’t [do anything different]” Clinton said. Clinton got heated in the interview when the anchor, Craig Melvin, asked if he should have resigned. “I think I did the right thing,” Clinton said, “I defended the Constitution.”
Clinton said he never apologized to Lewinsky over the ordeal. “I did say, publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry. The apology was public,” Clinton said, before saying that he did not owe Lewinsky an apology today.
Clinton then said the affair cost him, “Nobody believes that I got out of that for free. I left the White House $16 million in debt.”
As for Lewinsky’s response…it definitely rises above the level of the blame game that Clinton is still playing.
grateful to the myriad people who have helped me evolve + gain perspective in the past 20 years.
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) June 4, 2018
He said, she said. It’s a story that is older than time.