Bill Clinton wrote a book with James Paterson and is currently on a tour to promote this political thriller. So far things are not going well, Instead of getting to talk about the book, for some reason Bill keeps saying really horrible things about his sexual misconduct. I’m sure Patterson is off to the side mouthing “STFU.” In yet another bad promo interview, Bill went on the record defending disgraced Senator Al Franken.
Clinton went on PBS New Hour to talk about his book and ended up talking about sexual assault instead. Host Judy Woodruff asked him about his affair with Monica Lewinsky and the former president got all weepy about the “terrible price” he paid for taking advantage of the young White House intern. When asked if he thought Lewinsky paid a higher price, Bill responded, “I don’t know.”
Woodruff then asked Clinton about AL Franken who resigned from the Senate after numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault came out.
“I assume you think that what happened with you was more serious than what happened with Senator — former Senator Al Franken. He was driven from office, from the U.S. Senate. So, norms have changed. Do you think that’s a good thing?” Woodruff asked.
Bill look genuinely shocked that she asks him that question. (see picture above)
“I think that — I will be honest — the Franken case, for me, was a difficult case, a hard case. There may be things I don’t know. But I — maybe I’m just an old-fashioned person, but it seemed to me that there were 29 women on Saturday Night Live that put out a statement for him, and that the first and most fantastic story was called, I believe, into question,” said Bill.
The first allegation was Leeann Tweeden accusing Franken of grabbing her breasts as she slept. It wasn’t “fantastic” and there was no question about it, because Franken had himself photographed while assaulting Tweeden. Bill is a guy that isn’t sure what the word “is” means, so it’s not surprising that he doesn’t believe photographic evidence of a sexual assault.
Also, I love his rationale that because women on Saturday Night Love vouched for Franken that he couldn’t possibly be a sexual predator. I’m sure you could round up 29 women who Harvey Weinstein didn’t rape, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t assault all of those other women.
“Too late to wade into it now. I mean, I think it’s a grievous thing to take away from the people a decision they have made, especially when there is an election coming up again. But it’s done now,” Bill said.
Wow, that’s even better. Clinton is arguing that because the people of Minnesota voted Franken into office it’s a “grievous” thing to remove him from office no matter how many women he groped.
What makes this even creepier is that Bill also lamented that sexual assault is too broad for his tastes these days.
“I think the norms have really changed with what you can do to somebody against their will. How much you can crowd their space. Make them miserable at work. You don’t have to physically assault somebody to, you know, make them uncomfortable at work, at home, other, you know just walking around,” said Bill.
I think he was secretly grateful that these standards weren’t around when he was groping and raping his way from the Arkansas state house to the White House.
James Patterson must be crawling out of his skin. He’s put his reputation as a novelist on the line to work with Bill Clinton and the entire promotional tour is nothing but the former president giving really bad answers to questions about his sexual misconduct. Then again, it’s not like Patterson had no idea who Bill Clinton is.