Mika Brzezinski, the host of “Morning Joe,” said former President Bill Clinton was a “predator” who harassed then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
“It is really hard, these days, to have an honest conversation about sexual harassment,” she stated, before asking, “Didn’t this start long before even Bill Clinton, but I will say with Bill Clinton in many ways, who, can I say, sexually harassed an intern in the White House?”
Brzezinski was wondering if Clinton’s sexual misconduct with Lewinsky, that started when she was only 22 and he was almost 50, started a norm of accepting sexual misbehavior.
“This has been happening for decades. It’s been accepted as a norm,” Brzezinski stated.
She made those remarks during a panel debate regarding the accusations of sexual harassment against Minnesota Democrat Sen. Al Franken and Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore.
Moore rejected the allegations that he sexually harassed teenage girls when he was 32 years old.
Meanwhile, Franken apologized for his actions which are captured in one photo showing him groping Leeann Tweeden while she is sleeping. The journalist also said Franken kissed her without her permeation.
Brzezinski said that some allegations, such Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s, have had ruined the men’s careers.
And when the allegations against Bill Clinton emerged, he continued to be the president of U.S.
“There are cases where the predator flourished and continued to be the president of the United States. I’m talking about Bill Clinton,” Brzezinski stated.
“Where the women were attacked, where they were settled with, and their lives were ruined — Monica Lewinsky — and forever stamped with a scarlet letter,” she continued.
Susan Del Percio, a Republican strategist, appeared on the panel and noted that Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York who supported Hillary’s presidential campaign in 2016, has condemned her husband for the sexual scandal.
Gillibrand said that Bill Clinton should’ve resigned after the accusations against him emerged, adding that the expectation regarding sexual misconducts have changed since then.
“Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction,” Gillibrand stated.
Other people in the media, like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and CNN’s Jake Tapper, also spoke out regarding Clinton’s allegations and how the women who accused him were treated that time.
Sean Hannity, Fox News host, said that after years and years finally the mainstream media is “coming to terms with what they said and did and how they covered it all up.”
“What has changed?” Hannity asked. “Well, maybe the media, like so many in the Democratic Party, is finally done with the Clintons. Maybe they want to look consistent when they go after Roy Moore, whose alleged transgressions pale in comparison.”
“Or maybe they finally realize how wrong they were to protect a predator, even at the expense of his powerless victims.”
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