Former President Bill Clinton lost his cool when asked if he had apologized to Monica Lewinksy in an interview with NBC News that aired Monday morning.
“I like the #MeToo movement,” he said. “It’s way overdue. It doesn’t mean I agree with everything.”
NBC’s Craig Melvin then asked Clinton whether or not he had apologized to the former White House intern for the public ordeal she suffered with the media coverage and political fallout that occurred as a result of their sexual relationship.
“Nobody believes I got out of that for free,” Clinton said. “I left the White House $16 million in debt.”
“You typically have ignored gaping facts,” he said. “And I bet you don’t even know them. This was litigated 20 years ago, two-thirds of the American people sided with me.”
He then proceeded to explain how he was a huge champion of women because he employed women while in Arkansas.
“I had two women chiefs of staff when I was governor,” he said. “Women were over represented in the Attorney General’s office in the 70s … I’ve had nothing but women leaders in my office since I left.”
At the 3:55-minute mark, Clinton leaned forward in his seat and wagged a finger at Melvin.
“You are giving one side, and omitting facts,” he said.
“I’d asked you if you’d ever apologized and you said you had,” Melvin said.
“I have,” Clinton replied. “I’ve apologized to everybody in the world.”
Melvin then asked the former president if he’d ever personally apologized to Lewinsky.
“I have not talked to her,” Clinton said.
“Do you feel like you owe her an apology?” the NBC reporter asked.
“No.” Clinton shot back. “I have not talked to her, but I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry.”
“Do you believe President Kennedy should’ve resigned?” Clinton asked. “Do you believe President Johnson should’ve resigned? Someone should ask you these questions because of the way you formulate these questions.”