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Bill Clinton Says He Was The Victim In Monica Lewinski Scandal, And He Owes Her Nothing

Former President Bill Clinton sat for an interview on the 'Today Show' on NBC this weekend. The interview, which aired Monday, revisited the scandal that caused the former president to be impeached: his affair with his intern, Monica Lewinsky. Clinton told the host he doesn't owe Lewinsky an apology, and he claims that he was the victim in that situation.

Times have changed, and with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Bill Clinton might have had to face much harsher criticism for his part in the scandal that rocked his presidency. But it was the 1990s, and back then, it was usually the woman who bore the brunt of the ridicule after a sex scandal broke.

Lewinsky was only 22 years old, and Clinton was the most powerful man in the world with a reputation of being a player. It's easy to imagine now how that the intern was in a very vulnerable position. Today, we realize how sad it is that her entire life was derailed over the affair, and how she became the butt of every joke.

Lewinsky has never accused Clinton of sexual assault, but she did say in a piece she wrote for Vanity Fair that 'it constituted a gross abuse of power'. She claims that she is still reliving the scandal over and over to this very day. Her name will forever be tied to the details that came out during the impeachment hearings.

Clinton doesn't feel he owes Lewinsky an apology. "A lot of the facts have been omitted to make the story work," he explained. "I think partly because they're frustrated that they got all these serious allegations against the current occupant of the Oval Office and his voters don't seem to care."

Even though Clinton wasn't removed from office, and even though he went on to have a successful post-White House career and remained a leader in his party, he says he did not come out of the entire scandal unscathed. "Nobody believes that I got out of that for free," he said. 'I left the White House $16 million in debt."

Despite the fact that people of today are less tolerant of men abusing their power and engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior with women, Clinton believes that if the situation happened today he would not have had as many problems, 'because people would be using the facts instead of the imagined facts'.

Clinton blasted the interviewer for even bringing up the issue. So did author James Patterson, who co-authored Clinton's new upcoming fiction political thriller book, "The President is Missing."

"It's 20 years ago, come on!' he blasted Melvin. 'Let's talk about JFK. Let's talk about, you know, LBJ. Stop already!" Patterson complained when the topic came up.

"You think President Kennedy should have resigned? Do you believe President Johnson should have resigned? Someone should ask you these questions because of the way you formulate the questions," Clinton argued, trying to defend himself. "I dealt with it 20 years ago, plus."

Clinton gave his final word on the subject: “I have tried to do a good job since then with my life and with my work. That's all I have to say to you.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Digital Spy, Gage Skidmore, Obama White House Archives

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