CNN’s Jake Tapper joined NBC’s Chuck Todd on his 1947: Meet the Press podcast Thursday to discuss Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
Both men were critical of Clinton’s behavior and that he has never apologized to Lewinsky.
“I understand why people at the time were upset,” Tapper said. “I understood it then, but now, having kids, I understand it much more because it’s a horrible example because he’s setting the example of somebody who uses women for his own personal pleasure.”
“From Monica Lewinsky’s public statements, you sense that she’s just now kind of coming to grips with the relevance of her story to the #MeToo movement,” he added.
“It galls me that the former president hasn’t even simply apologized to her for ruining her life,” Todd replied. “Her life is never the same. He ruined it; he got to move on.”
“I’ve never understood… why he couldn’t simply apologize to her,” he said. “He owes it to her. She cannot live a normal life because of his, whatever you want to call it. Whatever it is.”
“His crude needs,” Tapper suggested.
“Yeah, his carnal needs,” Todd emphasized, “and he ruined a woman’s life.”
Now, thanks in large part to the #MeToo movement, Clinton is now considered too toxic to campaign for Democrats during the 2018 midterms, robbing the party of one of its most effective politicians and popular figures during a critical election.