Kathleen Sebelius, who served as secretary of Health and Human Services under former President Barack Obama, spoke openly about the Clinton administration, taking Democrats to task for the way they handled former President Bill Clinton’s sexual indiscretions.
During a podcast interview on CNN’s “The Axe Files,” she rebuked the left — and the Clintons — for going “after the women who came forward and accused” the 42nd president of sexually assaulting them.
“It doubled down on not only bad behavior, but abusive behavior,” Sebelius told host David Axelrod, who once served as Barack Obama’s chief strategist. “And then people attacked the victims.”
The former Obama official even admitted it was “absolutely” fair for critics to call out then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 for the way she treated those who accused her husband of sexual misconduct, saying people on both sides of the aisle use the same intimidation tactics today.
“You can watch that same pattern repeat,” Sebelius said. “It needs to end. It needs to be over.”
Asked about the allegations against Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Sebelius praised the lawmaker’s reaction to the claims leveled against him, saying he handled them unlike disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein or Senate candidate Roy Moore, both of whom have denied the accusations against them.
“Franken has done something different than some of the other males involved,” Sebelius said. “He first of all admitted behavior and apologized but immediately asked for an ethics investigation on himself.”
The others, she added, “have followed a very different path, and it's a path that looks a lot more like what Bill Clinton did.”
Sebelius’s comments come not long after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said Clinton should have resigned in the wake of the numerous allegations against him, and MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski said Hillary Clinton shouldn’t speak out about sexual assault until her husband apologizes.