Once, he was the Democrats’ greatest political asset. But then #MeToo happened, and for Bill Clinton, the response from Democrats today is #NotYou.
Bill is running around the country promoting some novel – sounds autobiographical, as you’d expect – but everyone is asking him about his sex scandals. He’s been trying to say he’s sorry again.
New York Times White House report Maggie Haberman has no sympathy:
Monica Lewinsky’s life was ruined . . . He addresses absolutely none of that, and it shows you as to why people don’t really want him around. There is just a disconnect from where voters are right now and where the conversation about the #MeToo movement is right now, and he answered with it, “But I empowered women in my office,” which does not excuse how you treated specific women.
Poor Bill. Life just isn’t fair. He wanted to have all his cake and eat it too, and for a while he did, but now he’s gotta spit it back up.
In an interview on the Today show Monday, Bill Clinton got testy and said he did not owe Monica Lewinsky a private apology, arguing that he had apologized publicly 20 years ago.
By Monday night, he realized that this wasn’t too cool in the #MeToo era. “I meant it then and I meant it now. I apologize to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family, and the American people,” he said.
Clinton has even tried to suggest that he’s down with the #MeToo movement, which is a little like John Gotti saying it’s time to do something serious about organized crime.
Anyway, Bill was a bad boy, many times. He has even credibly been accused of rape. And he has to pay for just a tiny bit. And of course, he doesn’t like it.
Overall, the guy is doing great. But the inconvenience of the payback for having oral sex in the Oval Office with an intern still is very annoying for him.
Now that’s a pretty good day at the office for a draft dodger.
Bill Clinton was asked by some reporter how he felt about a White House aide saying John McCain’s vote on President Trump’s CIA nominee didn’t matter because McCain is dying.
You can see he didn’t intend to answer any questions, but when he hears this one he gets that little look in his eye and turns around. Too juicy a steak not to bite into it.
But this being Bill Clinton, he can’t say something about someone else without saying something about himself, and in this case trying to pump up his presidency which will, as he knows, be forgotten except for one thing. So he claimed credit for ending the Vietnam War. You know, whatever.
If it hadn’t been for John McCain, I don’t think I could have had the ability to effectively end the Vietnam War, reconcile the Vietnam, get a full accounting for all the missing in action, and many other things. And they’re now our best ally in Southeast Asia.
Thank you, John McCain, for your service to your country, and your service to Bill Clinton.
Unfortunately, it was the North Vietnamese who ended the Vietnam War, on their terms.
President Trump may have a couple of people to learn from in mulling whether to testify before Robert Mueller’s grand jury: Himself and Bill Clinton.
Back in August 1998, Trump told Chris Matthews that Bill Clinton’s lawyer Bob Bennett did a “terrible job” in allowing Clinton to testify on January 17 of that year in a deposition in the sexual harassment lawsuit against him by Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee when Clinton was governor. Trump even suggested that Clinton should have taken the Fifth instead of sitting for the interview.
During the course of the deposition, Clinton asserted that he did not have sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. He was eventually impeached partially based on that statement, which was judged by the House of Representatives to be perjury. Jones’s lawyers asked about Lewinsky in order to establish a “pattern of behavior” by Clinton.
“He should have never gone in there,” Trump said. “It’s a terrible thing for the president to take the Fifth Amendment, but he probably should have done it. I don’t think he could have done any worse than what happened.”
For years Democrats tolerated his mistreatment of women and Hillary Clinton’s collusion in the whole thing. But that was then.
Not only did they put aside misgivings because they love Clinton, but he was also a money-raising machine guaranteed to draw crowds for Democratic candidates. Now, as Democrats try to weaponize the #MeToo movement to win elections, Bill Clinton is no longer convenient to have around, thank you very much.
Democrats are looking to embrace the #MeToo moment and rally women to push back on President Donald Trump in the midterms—and they don’t want Bill Clinton anywhere near it.
In a year when the party is deploying all their other big guns and trying to appeal to precisely the kind of voters Clinton has consistently won over, an array of Democrats told POLITICO they’re keeping him on the bench. They don’t want to be seen anywhere near a man with a history of harassment allegations, as guilty as their party loyalty to him makes them feel about it.
“I think it’s pretty tough,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), vice chair of the House Progressive Caucus and one of the leading voices in Congress demanding changes in Washington’s approach to sexual harassment. His presence “just brings up a lot of issues that will be very tough for Democrats. And I think we all have to be clear about what the #MeToo movement was.”
After booting Sen. Al Franken precisely because they wanted to draw a clear contrast with Trump, Democrats across the party’s ideological and geographical spectrum acknowledged the political trouble that any appearance with Clinton would cause.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel sorry for Bill Clinton. He’s had quite a nice ride despite all the people he abused and the slimy things he did along the way. It’s just, please don’t take Democrats too seriously about being the defenders of women when for a quarter of a century they allowed the Clintons to represent them.
Seems like President Trump might not be so radical after all . . . This was done a while ago but I just found it, maybe you haven’t seen it either.
It’s especially interesting to listen to Clinton. My, how Democrats have changed. The used to, only a few short years ago, all oppose gay marriage. Now if you do, you’re a homophobe. They used to want to send illegal immigrants home. Now if you do, you’re a racist.
Well, this got no coverage, pretty much, so I thought I’d give it a little bit.
While Democrats are busy pursuing the possibility that someone in the Trump camp maybe might have could have colluded with the Russians even though there’s nothing to suggest they did other than that they picked up a phone and called someone which is what you would expect them to do anyway, here is another example of the endless trails of evidence that that Secretary of State Clinton, Bill Clinton, and the Clinton Global Initiative were a giant shakedown and influence peddling operation designed to enrich the Clintons.
Who, after all, were broke when they left the White House. I mean a guy and a gal gotta make a buck.
From a June 1 statement by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley about a letter he wrote to Secretary of State Tillerson:
Sen. Chuck Grassley today asked the State Department for information on whether then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff sought help through official channels for a Bangladeshi businessman who also was a donor to the Clinton Global Initiative and Clinton Foundation. The allegations of special treatment include reports of a threatened IRS audit of the Bangladeshi prime minister’s son, living in the United States, if he did not help quash a Bangladeshi government investigation of the businessman and Clinton organization donor, Dr. Muhammad Yunus.
“Once again, Secretary Clinton’s actions have raised reasonable suspicions that she violated these rules and undermined the public’s confidence in the integrity of the State Department.”
Grassley wrote that emails show that State Department officials, including Clinton, and staff for the Clinton Foundation closely monitored an attempt to remove Yunus from his bank position in Bangladesh and that the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh sought meetings with the prime minister “to apply pressure in an attempt to end the investigation into Yunus.” The prime minister’s son said he was pressed multiple times by State Department officials to help end the investigation and that at one point, he was told “he may be audited by the IRS if he failed to use his influence to get his mother to drop the investigation into Yunus.”
I hope the Trump people aren’t afraid to respond to this. Hillary is doing everything she can to destroy Trump, and while payback is not how the government should operate, it at least shouldn’t hesitate to provide information about possible wrongdoing.
As probably you know, I wrote a book detailing all the scandals that supposedly never happened under Obama. I didn’t even know about this one.
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