Paula Jones, the former Arkansas state employee who sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, said Hillary Clinton is wrong to claim her husband’s victims are “misremembering” his actions.
“Every situation has to be judged on its own merit,” Clinton recently told Rita Cosby of ABC News. “And there were allegations that were disproved. It’s unfortunate that people are either misremembering or misinterpreting history.”
Jones told Laura Ingraham in emphatic terms on Friday night on “The Ingraham Angle” that she did not “misremember” the alleged 1991 incident in which then-Gov. Bill Clinton allegedly asked Jones for oral sex.
“I’m not — no, no, no, no,” said Jones. “That is so ludicrous what she just said … I know what happened to me in that room that day.”
Jones noted she settled with Bill Clinton in January 1999, when he was then the president, for $850,000.
“How could she say I was discredited when I was not discredited?” said Jones to Laura Ingraham on Fox News. “The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals was going to take it all the way to trial and then Bill Clinton settled. Why would he settle if it had been thrown out at lower court? People don’t do that if you are not guilty.”
Liberal pundits have started to ask themselves if Bill Clinton was worth defending in 1998 and 1999, given the recent allegations against numerous harassers today, such as movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). The avalanches of disclosures likely caused Rita Cosby to ask Hillary Clinton about her husband’s record with women.
“If you are married to a man and you don’t know that your husband is doing this, something is wrong,” said Jones.
But in Hillary Clinton’s case, it was always about protecting each other’s careers, Jones said.
“If you are married to a man and you don’t know that your husband is doing this, something is wrong,” said Jones. “And, you know, they claim to have such a wonderful marriage and she stood by her man, but let me tell you, she knew what he was doing. And the only reason why they ever stayed together was that it was a political marriage.”
Jones mocked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who recently said Bill Clinton should have resigned from office when allegations of sexual harassment became public in 1998. Gillibrand is expected to run for president in 2020.
“Do either of you expect that Kirsten Gillibrand might call to talk to you, and do you expect a call from her?” Ingraham asked.
“Oh, surely not,” said Jones.