Clinton came under fire once again over statements he made about the Monica Lewinsky scandal during a June 2018 interview with PBS News Hour. After downplaying his friendship with #MeToo poster boy Harvey Weinstein, Clinton was asked if he thought Monica Lewinsky had “paid a higher price, a harder price” than he did. “Oh, I don’t know,” he said. “I think she paid quite a price.”
The former president’s most controversial statements came next. Host Judy Woodruff asked if the changing norms surrounding sexual harassment and assault are “a good thing.” Clinton’s answer? “Well, in general, I think it’s a good thing, yes,” he said. “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.”
That comment catalyzed another wave of backlash. “‘Norms have changed about what you can do to someone against their will’ is a hell of a sentiment,” tweeted The New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.
“Bill, my dude, how about you stop talking,” said Refinery29 reporter Andrea González-Ramírez.