In an interview with CBS News, former First Lady, senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, denies husband and former President Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was an abuse of power.
Even supporters of Clinton are having a hard time swallowing this one. In the interview, Clinton is asked about the affair and if her husband should have stepped down. Of course, it is not her responsibility to answer for the actions of her husband, but in light of the current climate, the #metoo movement and Christine Blasey Ford's testimony, many people look to Clinton for reflection on past missteps when handling sexual assault and power dynamics.
Clinton was having none of it. She rushed to point out Lewinsky was an adult at the time of the affair and quickly moved focus to charges of sexual misconduct against sitting president, Donald Trump.
If people were expecting a different answer, they were certainly disappointed.
Hillary Clinton is asked whether her husband’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was an abuse of power. She says no, not… https://t.co/EnQ1hGjiXi— Aaron Blake (@Aaron Blake)1539565692.0
Nope. This is not how we determine whether a sexual relationship is an abuse of power. Not even close. https://t.co/dEUB8fZFeC— Nancy Leong (@Nancy Leong)1539561112.0
POTUS vs Intern. It’s like the same thing. https://t.co/3HioqSVPlt— Arn Menconi (@Arn Menconi)1539558980.0
She was a 22-year-old intern and he was the president of the United States. It’s honestly hard to think of a dynami… https://t.co/7C8iSeUGlX— Lindsey Barrett (@Lindsey Barrett)1539561893.0
@secupp I have to agree. In one statement she undercut the abuse of power and position argument against almost all… https://t.co/RD4kg0msIv— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1539552760.0
Hillary Clinton has every right to believe her husband should not have had to resign. That she refuses to evaluate… https://t.co/ppvAsYs23o— Alheli Picazo (@Alheli Picazo)1539560242.0
This profoundly shocks me. That's a horrible thing for an older woman to coldly say of a young woman.… https://t.co/Oefyaf0oFU— Heather Mallick (@Heather Mallick)1539564461.0
sorry but literally the only person I will listen to on this issue is ms. lewinsky https://t.co/Kmy6HzGJBo— Jodi Beggs (@Jodi Beggs)1539559141.0
For all my admiration and love of Hillary Clinton, the way she continually and unequivocally defends Bill is disapp… https://t.co/CYIbZQOH5w— Skylar Baker-Jordan (@Skylar Baker-Jordan)1539560445.0
What makes me even angrier though is that the Democratic Party-of which I’m a proud member, voter, and even occasio… https://t.co/YXp1OcyoxW— Skylar Baker-Jordan (@Skylar Baker-Jordan)1539560565.0
Some people disagreed, and think Clinton shouldn't have to answer these questions.
@SkylarJordan I disagree w/her statement but I think some grace is in order. Imagine having to reconcile her belief… https://t.co/vEnBhNSEXn— Christaaaay! (@Christaaaay!)1539573940.0
@SkylarJordan Oh please! That was two CONSENTING ADULTS!! Spend more time complaining about Hillary while… https://t.co/1Kb6WxG4Lx— Thomas Hart (@Thomas Hart)1539617054.0
@SkylarJordan Why do reporters CONTINUE to ask her about her husband's actions? Why is she always held accountable… https://t.co/kHp3CfxwAV— Sharon Clark (@Sharon Clark)1539615465.0
Even one conservative thought Clinton was correct.
@tendailyau I mean I’m republican/conservative and I agree with Hillary. Consensual sex is fine.— Rios Phoenix (@Rios Phoenix)1539572972.0
We may need to send out a memo defining "abuse of power" so everyone is on the same page.