In 1998, Monica Lewinsky was in the middle of a nationwide scandal over her sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. She was lampooned on countless comedy shows and universally shamed.
Since that time, the public has taken a far more forgiving view of Lewinsky, who was 22 at the time her boss, the most powerful man in the country, made sexual advances towards her. But the memories of such a harrowing time would haunt anyone.
But, following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Mitch McConnell's insistence on pushing through a Trump nomination (despite his refusal to consider Barack Obama's nominee four years ago), Lewinsky had a shocking revelation.
The nation is scarier now than it was to her in 1998.
just realized i am more scared of our government now than i was in 1998. and that’s saying a lot. A. LOT.— Monica Lewinsky (@Monica Lewinsky)1600700605.0
The appointment of another Supreme Court Justice is clearly on the forefront of Lewinsky's mind.
i would love to know what the other justices — some of whom knew justice ginsburg for decades— think should be done… https://t.co/TO8UimyQ4M— Monica Lewinsky (@Monica Lewinsky)1600619185.0
ok, smart legal twitter... can #MerrickGarland sue for “hiring discrimination” if/when they try to fill the seat?— Monica Lewinsky (@Monica Lewinsky)1600507143.0
(unless the incumbent was a democrat.) https://t.co/sVaXLPIaUE— Monica Lewinsky (@Monica Lewinsky)1600560597.0
Twitter couldn't help but feel a little worried by the troubling state of our Democracy.
@MonicaLewinsky Now you got me even more scared. Remember when we used to be scared of Ben Bushman 🤦🏻♂️— BEN BALLER™ (@BEN BALLER™)1600701324.0
@MonicaLewinsky Thanks for being a brave role model for women in a culture that often considers women less that ful… https://t.co/YeKQ1KRufu— Donna Gephart (@Donna Gephart)1600702308.0
@MonicaLewinsky We are the same age, and I was enraged and ashamed and horrified at how you were treated. I remembe… https://t.co/WUE66744Jp— betsy4assembly (@betsy4assembly)1600724197.0
Many thanked Lewinsky for speaking out!
@MonicaLewinsky Have you considered running for office? I think you’d be great!— Andrea Abney (@Andrea Abney)1600738909.0
@MonicaLewinsky @AlbertMacGloan Congress should inform McConnell that if he attempts to ram in a Supreme Court nomi… https://t.co/AUBxknJxoG— Jen Kunkel (@Jen Kunkel)1600701160.0
@MonicaLewinsky I’m sorry to hear that but, even from the Netherlands, I fully understand. I do hope for some common sense in november.— eric linssen (@eric linssen)1600700890.0
Many reluctantly admitted the United States has more than a couple issues that need ironed out.
@MonicaLewinsky Theres a lot that needs to be addressed 🙄— Omar J. Scruggs (@Omar J. Scruggs)1600713444.0
@MonicaLewinsky @JIsbackintown At least you know now, how many people support and care for you.— Danny Deraney (@Danny Deraney)1600701509.0
@MonicaLewinsky You must have been scared all the time. I can only imagine how traumatizing that was. At least this… https://t.co/gju7kYajOg— Natali Morris (@Natali Morris)1600705193.0
For many Americans who don't identify as White men, the loss of RBG could mean that their civil rights are now once again in danger.
@MonicaLewinsky You are not alone. I've never even imagined being this terrified. Thank you for speaking out. https://t.co/YZBg4m5iXL— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@Khashoggi’s Ghost)1600721802.0
@MonicaLewinsky I have never felt so bad about my government, and I came of age in the Nixon administration. I knew… https://t.co/re1wDXxJGb— Gerald O'Patrick (@Gerald O'Patrick)1600740700.0
This is, without a doubt, a frightening time to live in the United States.
And things don't show any sign of changing as long as President Trump remains in charge of the nation.