Appearing on Fox News Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., roasted former President Bill Clinton after Clinton backtracked from his remarks about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
On Monday, Clinton was nearly universally condemned for an interview with NBC in which he refused to acknowledge he owed Monica Lewinsky a personal apology for pressuring her into having sex while she was an intern working for him. He also claimed to be a victim because the Monica Lewinsky scandal left him $16 million in debt. Hours later, in another interview with James Patterson at an event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, Clinton walked back his comments and publicly apologized to Lewinsky.
“The truth is, the hubbub was I got hot under the collar because of the way the questions were asked,” Clinton said. He said he supports the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault, noting, “I have always tried to support it in the decisions and policies that I’ve advanced.”
Paul called B.S. on Fox.
“It sounded like Bill Clinton took a poll from one interview to the next. They poll-tested a response and he decided, ‘you know what, I better apologize more because they’ll come after me next,'” Paul said. “Bill Clinton epitomizes the aggressor, not the victim. He thinks he’s still somehow a victim and in no world was it ever appropriate for the president of the United States to be having sex under his desk with a 20-year-0ld.”
Paul criticized the mainstream media for covering for Clinton’s disgraceful and immoral behavior by waving away how the president pressured a White House intern into performing sex acts as a consensual relationship.
‘To tell you the truth, you can’t really have an appropriate consensual relationship with a 20-year-old intern in your office. That is the definition of sexual harassment. That is the definition of using the power of your office to get something you want and it was always wrong,” Paul said.
The Kentucky Senator accused Clinton of trying to play the victim, driving the point home on Twitter.
Bill Clinton epitomizes the aggressor, not the victim. You can’t have an appropriate or consensual relationship with an intern. That is the definition of sexual harassment. #GiveMeABreak
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 5, 2018
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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