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After former President Bill Clinton angrily responded to questioning about his former mistress Monica Lewinsky Monday, the public outcry led him to attempt to clarify his comments at a later event.
Here’s what he said
Clinton was promoting his new book at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Monday evening when he addressed the furor over his earlier comments.
“The truth is, the hubbub was I got hot under the collar,” Clinton explained. “Because of the way the questions were asked, and I think what was lost are the two points that I made, that are important to me.”
“The suggestion was that I never apologized for what caused all the trouble for me twenty years ago,” he continued. “So first point is, I did.”
“I live with it all the time”
“I meant it then, and I meant it now,” he said. “I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family, and to the American people. Before a panel of ministers in the White House, which was widely reported, so I was, I did that. I meant it then, and I mean it today. I live with it all the time.”
“The second is, that I support the ‘Me Too’ movement, and I think it’s long overdue,” he added. “And I have always tried to support it in the decisions and policies that I have advanced.”
Watch the CNN video report on Clinton’s second comment:
Keith Boykin, former White House aide to Clinton, said on CNN that the former president needed to apologize to Monica Lewinsky, and he listed off the three times he hurt democratic presidential candidates.
“I’ve tried to do a good job since then”
In the earlier interview, Clinton protested that he didn’t owe Monica Lewinsky an apology, leading many to condemn the former president. As noted by CNN Erin Burnett, Clinton doubled down in his clarification by saying that he had already apologized publicly.
“I dealt with it 20 years ago. And the American people, two-thirds of them, stayed with me,” Clinton said. “And I’ve tried to do a good job since then with my life and with my work. That’s all I have to say to you.”
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The glossy publication Town & Country apologized to former White House intern Monica Lewinsky on Thursday for disinviting her to its social change summit after learning former President Bill Clinton was also in attendance. Clinton and Lewinsky infamously engaged in an affair during Clinton’s first term in office and into the beginning of his second. Lewinsky was an intern at the White House, beginning as a 22-year-old, from 1995 to 1996. The news of the affair first broke in January 1998, and the resulting scandal led to Clinton’s impeachment by the House of Representatives in December 1998 after he lied under oath about his relationship with Lewinsky and obstructed justice. As a result of her newfound ignominy, Lewinsky was subjected to intense media scrutiny and cyberbullying. Lewinsky now engages in social activism against cyberbullying. Twenty years after the scandal first propelled her into the limelight, Monica Lewinsky was disinvited from Town & Country’s annual philanthropy summit Wednesday evening. The reason? Bill Clinton, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment on multiple occasions by numerous women, was in attendance.