Hillary Clinton has stood by her husband’s side through thick and thin.
In a new interview with CBS News, the former first lady and U.S. presidential candidate discussed the #MeToo movement and the recent allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Clinton was then asked about her husband, former president Bill Clinton, who, in the ’90s, was the subject of his own sexual misconduct scandal over his affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Asked whether Bill should have resigned over his relationship with Lewinsky, Clinton responded, “Absolutely not.”
Pressed on whether the affair constituted an abuse of power by her husband, she said, “No. No.”
The interviewer continued, explaining that many view the power difference was too great for a president to have a consensual relationship with an intern.
“Who was adult,” Clinton added.
She continued, shifting focus to Donald Trump: “But let me ask you this: Where’s the investigation into the current incumbent, against whom numerous allegations have been made and which he dismisses, denies and ridicules.”
The ladies of “The View” weighed in on Clinton’s interview during Monday’s edition of the show, and were left unimpressed with her remarks.
“I have to say that what she just did is exactly what the Republicans do, they change the subject. That’s exactly why we never get anywhere in the discourse,” said Joy Behar, appearing frustrated.
“You know you have a bad argument when your immediate response is, ‘Well, they were worse.’ This highlighted to me, I think why people struggled to vote for her was because you can’t have it both ways … You can’t put yourself on a pedestal and be a leader for the feminist movement and at the same time refuse to acknowledge the reality you’ve lived with all these years and stand by your husband,” added Abby Huntsman.
“I don’t judge other people’s marriages, but call it for what it is and call it out for being bad and wrong for all those years,” she continued. “It bothers me that she tries to be this speaker and embody this person that’s empowering women, when all these years you had women that came out and were telling their story about the way they were treated with Clinton.” Watch:
On Twitter, most were disappointed by Clinton’s comments, though some defended her right to stand by her husband while not being defined by his actions.