Monday 16 July 2018

Hillary gets frosty over parallels with her husband Bill

Hillary Clinton speaks during an interview with Mariella Frostrup at the Cheltenham Literature Festival yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Hillary Clinton speaks during an interview with Mariella Frostrup at the Cheltenham Literature Festival yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Rod Minchin in Cheltenham

Hillary Clinton has refused to be drawn on the parallels between the scandal engulfing film producer Harvey Weinstein and that of her husband during his time as US president.

The former US secretary of state and presidential hopeful was asked whether she was now more sympathetic to women coming forward with allegations about men in powerful positions.

Bill Clinton. Photo: Reuters
Bill Clinton. Photo: Reuters

She said that what happened to her husband Bill, when he was impeached and avoided being removed from office because of an affair he had with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, was in the past and instead criticised Donald Trump, the man who beat her to the White House.

The politician was in conversation with broadcaster Mariella Frostrup during an event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival to promote her new book, 'What Happened'.

Ms Frostrup asked her: "You have described President Trump as a sexual assaulter and we have seen a lot in the news about Harvey Weinstein, a big Democrat supporter and a regular at the White House.

"All of these stories seem to come to the same conclusion which is that powerful men use that power in ways that are not always seen as being sexually manipulative but actually are.

"I'm a feminist and a huge fan of yours and if you've ever let me down it's been by not being sympathetic to the women that have talked about having been hit on by your husband, and in particular a young intern who was in a very vulnerable position.

"I just wonder now in the light of all the years, you feel more sympathetic?"

Mrs Clinton replied: "That was a very difficult time during which my husband was held accountable, both personally and politically. I am not going to revisit it and relitigate it. It was all litigated."

Irish Independent

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