On Monday, Clinton was almost 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. "The same man who 40 years ago raped me", she said.
"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert offered former President Bill Clinton a second chance on Tuesday night after Clinton delivered what many considered "tone-deaf" comments on the Me Too movement and his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) dodged a question Monday from MSNBC's Katy Tur on whether former president Bill Clinton is someone he would invite to campaign for Democratic candidates in light of the recent interview he gave where he stood by his actions in the Lewinsky scandal.
"The truth is, the hubbub was I got hot under the collar because of the way the questions were asked", Clinton said. "Yes, I think that is the appropriate response", Gillibrand told the The New York Times-what was once forgiveable during the Clinton presidency has now, given the national reckoning with sexual misconduct, become grounds for resignation.
Clinton was being interviewed alongside James Patterson, the prolific author with whom he wrote the new novel The President Is Missing. "I think he actually does believe that he didn't do anything wrong".
"Well, you said in the interview that you did apologize, you said you apologized in the interview", Colbert noted. "But you typically have ignored gaping facts in describing this, and I bet you don't even know them", Clinton said to Melvin. I meant it then and I mean it today. "I left the White House with $16 million in debt".
"Here is what I want to say: It wasn't my finest hour", he said. "That's very different - the apology was public".
In the March edition of Vanity Fair, Lewinsky revealed that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after the media firestorm sparked by the revelation of the affair in 1998.
"I'm beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot".
Clinton cited his record on women's issues when he was governor of Arkansas in response to Melvin, whom he accused of one presenting "one side" and "omitting facts".