Showing posts with label Clinton Family. Show all posts
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March 7, 2020

Bill Clinton Opens Up About The Reason For the Relationship, His Anxieties Drove Him to Monica

Bill ClintonImage copyrightEPA
Image captionHe made the remarks as part of a new documentary on Hillary Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton says his affair with Monica Lewinsky was a way of managing his anxieties. 
He made the remarks as part of a documentary series titled "Hillary" which looks at the public life of 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 
Mr Clinton was impeached in 1998 for lying to investigators about his relationship with Ms Lewinsky. He was acquitted at his Senate trial. 
Ms Lewinsky was a 22-year-old White House intern at the time of the affair.
Mr Clinton told documentary markers Hulu: "What I did was bad but it wasn't like I thought, let's think about the most stupid thing I could possibly do and do it."
"You feel like you're staggering around - you've been in a 15-round prize-fight that was extended to 30 rounds, and here's something that'll take your mind off it for a while. Everybody has life's pressures and disappointments and terrors, fears or whatever, things I did to manage my anxieties for years."
His relationship with Ms Lewinsky became a major news story in the late 1990s after the then-president first denied the affair before later admitting to "inappropriate intimate physical contact".
Mr Clinton's initial response to the media reports in 1998 - "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" - has gone down as one of US politics' most memorable quotes.
Ms Lewinsky has maintained that her relationship with the former president was consensual but she called it a "gross abuse of power". 
"Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position..." she told Vanity Fair in 2014.
She said she had "limited understanding of the consequences" at the time and regrets the affair daily. 
Monika LewinskyImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionMonica Lewinsky says she was made a scapegoat of after the affair
In the documentary Mr Clinton says he feels "terrible" that Ms Lewinsky's life was defined by their relationship. 
"Over the years I've tried to watch her get a normal life back again but you've got to decide how to define normal," he said. 
When asked about the incident, Mrs Clinton explained how devastated she was. 
"I was so personally, just hurt and I can't believe this, I can't believe you lied. It was horrible and I said if this is going to be public, you have to go tell Chelsea."
She explained how she "didn't want anything to do with him" after news of the affair broke. 
"I made a decision to stay with my husband. I think some people thought I made the right decision and some people thought I made the wrong decision. 
Mr Clinton told the documentary-makers that telling their daughter Chelsea about the affair was "awful".  

August 24, 2017

"My Skin Crawled Up" Clinton Thinking of Trump in Her Book 'What Happened'

In her new book about her time on the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said her "skin crawled"  when then-candidate Donald Trump loomed over her during a presidential debate.
"'This is not OK,'" she recalled thinking in What Happened, set to come out Sept. 12. "Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now, we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled."
The excerpt comes from an audio excerpt of the book, which was released Wednesday by MSNBC
Trump's lurking during last year's second presidential debate in St. Louis on Oct. 9 turned heads at the time. The future president was awfully close to his Democratic challenger, who answered a question as he stood behind her.
Clinton said she gripped the microphone "extra hard" and was able to keep her cool because of "a lifetime of dealing with difficult men trying to throw me off."
But she did imagine the alternative, which she admitted would have made for better television.
"Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren't repeatedly invading your space?" she asked herself. "Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly, 'Back up, you creep. Get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can't intimidate me, so back up.'"
The book, as she references in the audio clip, will feature parts of the campaign she remembers fondly and others she'd rather do over.
"If the Russians could hack my subconscious, they'd find a long list," she said.
She called the campaign, "exhilarating, joyful, humbling, infuriating and just plain baffling." She added she couldn't bear the idea of letting millions of people down.
"But I did," she conceded. "I couldn't get the job done and I'll have to live with that for the rest of my life."
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December 20, 2016

Bill: ”Trump Don’t Know Much but to Get Angry and White Men to Vote for Him”

Bill Clinton says President-elect Donald Trump "doesn't know much," but that "one thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him," according to a local paper near the Clintons' New York home.

In comments to the weekly Bedford and Pound Ridge Record-Review, Clinton veered between defiance and bitterness while discussing the 2016 election — blaming FBI director James Comey for his wife's defeat, and urging voters to "stay vigilant, stay alert" and "see where this changing political reality takes us."

"James Comey cost her the election," Clinton said during a lengthy conversation, according to the paper. He argued that “we were seven points up" in polls and on track to win, before the FBI director made an 11th-hour announcement that the bureau's probe into Hillary Clinton's email use as Secretary of State was being reexamined in light of potential new evidence.

The FBI never changed its conclusion that Clinton shouldn’t be punished related to her email use, but Bill Clinton said the high-profile focus on the story so close to the election inflicted significant damage on the campaign.

According to the Record-Review, Clinton suggested the confusion created by Comey’s announcement lead voters to not knowing what information to trust, and that not enough was made of the fact that the FBI boss said days later there was no new evidence of illegal activity.

Asked about the role played in the election by Russian hacking, the former president said that “you would have to have a single-digit IQ not to recognize what was going on."

Later, Clinton marveled at Trump’s tone during a phone call the day after the election, saying that Trump acted "like it was 15 years ago," when he was still friendly with the family.

Still, despite Trump's overtures, Clinton seemed less inclined to let bygones be bygones, slipping in a dig at Trump's claim that he won a "landslide" victory. "Landslide? I got something like 370 electoral votes. That was a landslide,” he said.

Speaking to reporters in Albany on Monday after casting his Electoral College vote for his wife, Clinton addressed the reasons why he thought she lost the election.

"I watched her work for two years, I watched her battle through that bogus email deal, be vindicated at the end when Secretary Powell came out -- she fought through that, she fought through everything," he said. "She prevailed against it all. But at the end, she had the Russians and the FBI deal. She couldn't prevail against that. She did everything else and still won by 2.8 million votes.”

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