Lewinsky wrote in Vanity Fair in February that she is rethinking her 18-month extramarital affair with Clinton when she was a 21-year-old unpaid intern in light of the #MeToo movement, which began sweeping the world in 2017. She said she now realizes that her relationship with Clinton “constituted a gross abuse of power.” This is a shift from the position she took in a Jun 2014 piece for the same magazine, when she described the affair as consensual.
The 42nd president’s admitted and alleged transgressions will be listed and weighed for gravity against the alleged transgressions of the 45th and current president, Donald Trump. His election campaign and the #MeToo movement brought several accusing women into the headlines.
Clinton is credited with improving the economy and cutting the U.S. budget deficit during his Jan 1993-2001 presidency, leading his supporters and even some critics to downplay sex-related scandals that lurked even during his terms as governor of Arkansas.
His sexual encounters with Lewinsky at the White House were grasped upon by his critics, and they resulted in his impeachment. He was charged with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. He served out his term, but, arguably, he is remembered now more for the scandals than for his political achievements.
The #MeToo movement, which has led to tens of thousands of women reporting sexual abuse, often by individuals in power over their lives, has reframed the transgressions of all past presidents, including John Kennedy, creating a dilemma in the #MeToo era for their admirers.
#22533 Published: 03/02/2018