‘It’s tragic and wrong’: #MeToo founder hits out at Hillary Clinton for claiming Bill’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, 22, was NOT an abuse of power
- Tarana Burke says Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky in 1998 was ‘certainly an abuse of power’
- She said Bill misused his position as the president over the 22-year-old intern
- She condemned Hillary’s defense of the affair after she said the relationship wasn’t an abuse of power because Lewinsky ‘was an adult’ at the time
- On Sunday the ex-Secretary of State said she believed Bill was right not to resign as President in the wake of the scandal
#MeToo founder Tarana Burke is slamming Hillary Clinton for claiming that her husband’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power.
Burke created the #MeToo movement which went viral last year and has led to seismic change in gender power dynamics and addressing sexual assault in workplaces across the nation.
She says that Bill Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, then an unpaid 22-year-old intern, was ‘certainly an abuse of power’.
‘When I think about the things that Hillary Clinton said about the Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton affair not being an abuse of power, that is just tragic and it’s wrong,’ she said in a sit down interview with The Root.
#MeToo founder Tarana Burke is slamming Hillary Clinton for claiming her husband’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power
Burke said: ‘It’s certainly an abuse of power. You’re talking about an age dynamic but you’re also talking about the President of the United States’
‘But it’s certainly an abuse of power. You’re talking about an age dynamic but you’re also talking about the President of the United States. The amount of power, the amount of accumulated power that is in that position alone, versus an intern, it’s absolutely an abuse of power,’ she added.
She qualified her statement saying that although the relationship was consensual, it doesn’t mean that Clinton didn’t abuse his position.
‘Sexual violence isn’t about sex, right? It’s about power and the abuse of power,’ Burke said.
‘Two people made that choice and one of those people was the most powerful man in the world. And I just think that’s unfortunate,’ she added.
In an interview with CBS Sunday, Hillary Clinton shocked the world when she defended her husband’s affair with the White House intern saying Bill didn’t exploit his position because Lewinsky ‘was an adult’ at the time.
In the interview CBS correspondent Tony Dokoupil asked ‘It wasn’t an abuse of power?’
Hillary responded ‘No. No.’
In an interview with CBS Sunday Clinton denied that Bill’s affair was an abuse of power because Lewinsky – then a 22-year-old unpaid intern – was an adult at the time
The ex-Secretary of State said Bill was right to not step down from the presidency after he was impeached. Clinton pictured emphatically denying having an affair with Lewinsky on January 26, 1998
When asked if her husband should have stepped down, Hillary said: ‘Absolutely not’ in the CBS interview on Sunday. The Clintons pictured above in New York City in January 2018
She also rejected the idea that the accusations against her husband were anything like the sexual misconduct allegations against Trump or the newly sworn-in Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Clinton pictured above in 1997 photo with Lewinsky
Dokoupil noted how many people believed a US President couldn’t have a consensual relationship with an intern because the power imbalance was too great.
‘But let me ask you this: Where’s the investigation of the current incumbent, against whom numerous allegations have been made, and which he dismisses, denies, and ridicules?’ Hillary said.
‘So, there was an investigation [of Bill], and it, as I believe, came out in the right place.’
She stood by her husband saying she believed it was right that he didn’t resign from his presidency despite being impeached for lying about the affair.
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Burke is the founder of the #MeToo movement that went viral just one year ago
When asked if her husband should have stepped down, she said: ‘Absolutely not’.
She also rejected the idea that the accusations against her husband were anything like the sexual misconduct allegations against Trump or the newly sworn-in Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The Clintons are about to embark on a joint speaking tour that could prompt questions about what the Clintons went through, Bill’s 1998 impeachment and allegations of sexual harassment.
The House in 1999 voted to impeach Clinton of perjury and obstruction of its investigation into the 1998 affair. The Senate acquitted him.
New York Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand came out last year amid the #MeToo movement saying she believed the former President should have stepped down as a result of his affair.
Bill Clinton said earlier this year that he disagreed with Gillibrand’s comments.
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