It’s been 20 years , but one of the most highly publicized affairs is still being talked about today. Resurfacing in wake of #MeToo and Time’s Up, we are talking about President Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.
The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have sparked a shift in perspective to the infamous affair. In a recent interview with NBC’s Today, Lewinsky explains that the current conversation on sexual abuses of power has made her reevaluate her affair with Clinton. “I now see how problematic it was that the two of us even got to a place where there was a question of consent. Instead, the road that led there was littered with inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege,” Lewinsky said.
In contrast, Clinton was asked to reevaluate the scandal through the lens of the current movements, and whether he would have approached it differently if it had occurred today. He said he doesn’t think it would be an issue today because everyone would be looking at facts, as opposed to imagining things occurring that didn’t.
“I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution,” Clinton concluded. Clinton goes on to say he “likes” and supports the #MeToo movement, as it was an overdue topic, but it doesn’t mean he agrees with everything. He says he doesn’t feel he owes Lewinsky a personal apology and that the “apology” he gave to everyone in the world was enough. During the interview, Clinton gets frustrated that this is still being talked about today and shares he doesn’t feel he should have resigned.
Standards in society have changed and many are looking at everything through a different microscope. Do you think Clinton owns Lewinsky a personal apology? 76% of people think she deserves one, while 24% of people disagree. Read the full story on InStyle here.
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20 years later, Bill Clinton says of the Monica Lewinsky affair: “I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution,” and shares he doesn’t feel he owes her an apology. Does he?
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