US Stephen Colbert Grills Bill Clinton Over ‘Tone-Deaf’ Monica Lewinsky Answer

03:55  06 june  2018
03:55  06 june  2018 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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Bill Clinton wearing a suit and tie © Scott Kowalchyk/CBS

On Tuesday night, Former President Bill Clinton got a chance to clean up the mess he caused this week when he was asked about the Monica Lewinsky scandal on the Today show. 

“I noticed you didn’t enjoy that entire interview,” Stephen Colbert told the 42nd president. “I want you to enjoy this one.” But that being said, the Late Show host proceeded to ask about what CNN characterized as a “tone-deaf” response to questions about his past.

Offering Clinton a “do-over” on his answer, Colbert asked, “Do you understand why some people thought that was a tone-deaf response to his questions about the #MeToo movement and how you might reflect on your behavior 20 years ago?”

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Former President Bill Clinton went on the offensive after an NBC host confronted him over whether he had apologized to Monica Lewinsky and also the #MeToo movement. “I apologized to everybody in the world,” Clinton answered .

The opening credits of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert featured a very special guest Tuesday night. As had been reported over the past few weeks, Trump’s advisers felt it was a “waste of time to try to fill his head with facts and figures.”

Clinton, who was seated next to James Patterson, the co-author of their new novel The President Is Missing, began by blaming the way his interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin was edited. “They had to distill it, and it looked like I was saying I didn’t apologize and had no intention to,” he said. “And I was mad at me, not for the first time.”

“Here’s what I want to say,” he continued. “It wasn’t my finest hour, but the important thing is, that was a very painful thing that happened 20 years ago and I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family and to the American people. I meant it then and I meant it now. I’ve had to live with the consequences every day since.”

Finally, he said he believes the #MeToo movement is “long overdue and necessary and should be supported.”

In his interview on Monday, Clinton said that he had “done the right thing” by staying on as president throughout the impeachment process and deflected questions about his mistreatment of women by highlighting the female leaders he has empowered since. He also explained that while he apologized “publicly” to Lewinsky, he has not spoken to her directly in more than two decades since the scandal erupted.

He certainly sounded less annoyed by the questions in his sit-down with Colbert than he did a day earlier, but it seems unlikely that his answers will satisfy his critics.

Bill Clinton, James Patterson Novel Sells 250,000 Copies in First Week .
Not since 2015's 'Go Set a Watchman' has an adult fiction title sold as many books as 'The President Is Missing' has in its first week.Neither a rehash of the Monica Lewinsky scandal nor the suicide of best-selling author and TV host Anthony Bourdain appears to have substantially dented first-week sales of The President Is Missing, the thriller co-written by former President Bill Clinton and James Patterson. Alfred A. Knopf announced that the book has sold 250,000 copies across all formats and of that, Nielsen BookScan reported sales of 152,000 hardcover copies. (Nielsen represents about 85 percent of total print sales).

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