Liberals have long criticized President Donald Trump for never apologizing. Even for things he doesn’t need to apologize for. But there is utter hypocrisy in the way they criticize Trump, yet embrace their former leader Bill Clinton.
In a “Today” show interview on Monday, Clinton told NBC News’ Craig Melvin that he does not owe Monica Lewinsky an apology.
“Looking back on what happened then, through the lens of #MeToo now, do you think differently or feel more responsibility?” Melvin asked Clinton.
“No. I felt terrible then, and I came to grips with it,” Clinton replied.
Melvin then asked Clinton if he had ever apologized to Lewinsky.
“I apologized to everybody in the world,” Clinton said.
“But you didn’t apologize to her,” Melvin said.
“I have not talked to her,” Clinton said.
“Do you feel like you owe her an apology,” Melvin asked.
“No, I do — I do not,” Clinton responded. “I’ve never talked to her. But I did say, publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public.”
So it appears that for some reason, Clinton believes he owes the public an apology but not the woman he sexually harassed. It’s an interesting and peculiar thought process.
The American public — to whom Clinton blatantly lied to with the infamous line “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky” — surely also was owed an apology, which was given. But one would think his first apology should have been directed to Ms. Lewinsky.
Clinton’s revealing interview showcases his unchanged perception of the events that transpired and broke into the news in 1998. Clinton clearly does not feel the impact or see the value of the #MeToo movement, which is a real shame.
That said, the way the scandal was perceived by the public and Clinton’s partisan allies in his impeachment trial portray the “party over decency” position of the Democratic Party that existed. Democrats forgave him. The media forgave him. The public forgave him. Luckily for Clinton, he was president before the #MeToo era. Because in today’s progressive era, there is no way Clinton would have made it through eight years of the presidency, much less be a public icon for the Democratic Party.