Bill Clinton says he wouldn’t change a thing about his handling of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In a testy interview on the Today show, the former president said he doesn’t feel implicated by the #MeToo movement, which he calls “way overdue.” He said he apologized to “everybody in the world” for his affair, although he never spoke with his former intern directly. The Lewinsky issue is only getting renewed scrutiny, he contends, because people are “frustrated” about “serious allegations against the current occupant of the Oval Office, and his voters don’t seem to care.” Clinton insisted he was right to fight impeachment and that he paid plenty for his misdeeds. “Nobody says I got out of that for free. I left the White House $16 million in debt.”
Melania Trump’s absence from public events is raising eyebrows. This week the first lady attended a closed-door event at the White House honoring Gold Star families, three weeks after she underwent a minor kidney operation and 25 days since she was last seen publicly. Online conspiracy theorists were abuzz after Mrs. Trump skipped a Trump family getaway at Camp David and announced she wouldn’t join the president for upcoming summits abroad. Last week, the first lady told her Twitter followers to “rest assured” she was fine and “working hard on behalf of children & the American people!” The tweet didn’t silence the rumors, with some noting it sounded a lot like her husband’s Twitter writing style.
MSNBC host Joy Reid continues to be hounded by her old blog posts. After Reid apologized for “hateful” homophobic comments on her blog from the 2000s, BuzzFeed .com unearthed two more incendiary posts. In one, Reid urged readers to watch a documentary that calls the Sept. 11 attacks an inside job. In the other, she posted a photo of Sen. John McCain’s head photoshopped onto the body of the Virginia Tech shooter who killed 32 people in 2007. “There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by,” Reid said. MSNBC called the posts “obviously hateful and hurtful” but declined to discipline the host. In April, Reid said hackers had inserted homophobic comments into her old blog, but has dropped that claim. ■