Former President Bill Clinton actually said that in an interview with PBS Newshour host Judy Woodruff. His long history of sexual misconduct, including alleged raping women, makes this admission extremely damaging to his carefully controlled legacy building campaign.
He did try to clarify it a bit a thought or two later, but the original comment sure as heck shows the world where his mind goes to first:
“I think the norms have really changed in terms of, what you can do to somebody against their will, how much you can crowd their space, make them miserable at work,” Clinton told PBS Newshour in an interview that aired Thursday. “You don’t have to physically assault somebody to make them, you know, uncomfortable at work or at home or in their other — just walking around. That, I think, is good.”
Clinton’s remarks come amidst a series of media appearances promoting a new book he co-authored with legendary novelist James Patterson. Last Monday, he had to clarify remarks he made to NBC, where he defended himself from criticism of his 1995 affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
PBS Newshour host Judy Woodruff had asked Clinton about Franken, who resigned from Congress in January amid allegations that he touched women inappropriately. Clinton, himself, has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and rape, which he has denied.
He had to bring out his spokesman to “clarify” his remarks:
Angel Urena, a Clinton spokesman, responded to Clinton’s comment by telling CNN the former president “was asked about a particular case, period.”
“It’s clear from the context,” Urena said. “He was not suggesting that there was ever a time that it was acceptable to do something against someone’s will. He’s saying that norms have changed in a variety of ways in how we interact with one another, and that’s all for the good.”
Obviously the Clinton publicity team saw the poll numbers addressing Bill Clinton’s severe credibility issues with the #Metoo movement and the public at large. A majority of Americans think Bill Clinton is a sexual predator.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 24% of Likely U.S. Voters consider Clinton a victim of his political opponents. Fifty-three percent (53%) describe the ex-president as a sexual predator instead. Another 24% are undecided.
Interestingly, men (55%) are more likely to consider Clinton a predator than women (50%) are.