Former US President Bill Clinton has said he does not need to personally apologize to Monica Lewinsky. Do you agree?
In an interview with Craig Melvin on NBC's Today Show yesterday, Bill Clinton whipped up a storm of reaction and debate after he said he does not need to personally apologize to her regarding the affair they had when he was President of the United States and she was a White House intern.
“But you didn’t apologize to her [Lewinsky]?” -@craigmelvin
“I have not talked to her.” –Bill Clinton
“Do you feel that you owe her an apology?” –Melvin
“No. I have never talked to her, but I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry.” -Clinton pic.twitter.com/dVAb0OycIa— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 4, 2018
When Melvin asked Clinton whether he owed Lewinsky an apology, Clinton replied, "No, I do not -- I have never talked to her. But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry. That's very different. The apology was public."
In a personal essay for Vanity Fair earlier this year, Lewinsky talked about how the #MeToo movement and evolving conversation on sexual harassment and consent have led her to reconsider the power dynamics of her affair with Clinton.
"Now, at 44, I'm beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern," she wrote. "I'm beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot," she wrote.
Do you think Clinton is correct in thinking that there's no reason he should directly apologize to Lewinsky? Or do you think an apology is in order? Vote in our poll below.