In a new interview with CBS, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a firm stance regarding her husband’s handling of the Monica Lewinsky affair when he was president.
When asked if former President Bill Clinton should have resigned, Hillary adamantly said he should not have.
“Absolutely not,” Clinton replied.
“It wasn’t an abuse of power?” CBS’ Tony Dokoupil followed up.
“No,” she answered, adding it could not have been an abuse of power because Lewinsky was an adult.
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Clinton’s assertion that there was no power imbalance between the leader of the free world and an intern did not sit well with many:
Clinton was her 49-year-old boss (and POTUS) and @MonicaLewinsky was a 22-year-old intern. It *was* an abuse of power. This actually shouldn't be so hard.
Hillary isn't responsible for what her husband did, but she should be able to recognize it as an abuse of power. https://t.co/SQfECSwor2
— Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) October 15, 2018
i get why she'd say he shouldn't have resigned (although i disagree) but not at least conceding that it was an abuse of power is just unbelievable https://t.co/Z7tgZ2uThR
— Jack Hamilton (@jack_hamilton) October 14, 2018
"Believe all women" lasted all of six days. https://t.co/xLiAWblhxV
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) October 14, 2018
Does that go for all executives who sleep with subordinates or just the most powerful executive on the planet? https://t.co/t34GOifWXX
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) October 14, 2018
— Heather Mallick (@HeatherMallick) October 15, 2018
Clinton then shifted the focus to President Donald Trump and the sexual misconduct allegations against him.
“Let me ask you this, where’s the investigation of the current incumbent?” she continued. “Against whom numerous allegations have been made and which he dismisses, denies, and ridicule.”
In another interview with CNN, the former Secretary of State further said people are incapable of being civil with Republicans because the party is trying to destroy what they stand for.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton told Christiane Amanpour.
“That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again,” she added. “But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”