Two women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting them told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday night on “The Ingraham Angle” that they would tell him to “go to hell” if he now attempted to apologize to them personally.
Juanita Broaddrick (shown above, right) accused Clinton of raping her in her hotel room in 1978. Kathleen Willey (above, left) claimed that Clinton groped her without her consent in a White House hallway in 1993. Clinton denied the allegations when they surfaced in the late 1990s and worked to discredit them, pointing to alleged discrepancies in the two women’s accounts.
But in the era of the #MeToo movement — which highlights women’s stories of abuse by influential men in superior/subordinate relationships — Americans began to revisit the allegations against Clinton.
The former president nevertheless angrily defended himself during an interview that aired Monday on NBC’s “Today” show, during which reporter Craig Melvin asked him if he had re-evaluated his conduct during and after his infamous affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
When Melvin asked if he had ever apologized to Lewinsky, Clinton claimed he had “apologized to everybody in the world.”
But to the question of whether Clinton had ever personally apologized to Lewinsky, an unapologetic Clinton replied, “I have not talked to her.”
“Do you feel like you owe her an apology?” Melvin asked. Clinton replied, “No. I have not talked to her, but I did say publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry.”
News of the Lewinsky affair first broke in January 1998, and the resulting scandal led to Clinton’s impeachment by the House of Representatives in December 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice. The Senate, also controlled by Republicans, declined to convict Clinton.
“If Clinton got that upset discussing Lewinsky, imagine if the ‘Today’ show had asked him about the women who told him, ‘No,'” Ingraham said.
“I saw this decrepit, angry old man who was trying to play the victim card — the same man who 40 years ago raped me,” Broaddrick told Ingraham. “It was disgusting.”
Broaddrick said that Clinton approached her in 1991 to apologize for his behavior while she was attending a nursing home seminar.
“He rushes over to me, and he starts this profuse apology and saying, ‘I’m so sorry for what I did. I’m a changed man. I’m just not the man I used to be,’ and even said, ‘I’m a family man now,'” Broaddrick paraphrased.
“I just looked at him, Laura, and I — I was just flabbergasted. And I said, ‘You go to hell,'” Broaddrick added. “And I walked off. I could not believe it.”
Broaddrick told Ingraham that she “began to feel a little bad that I had said that” because she kept thinking, “Well, maybe he really meant that. Maybe he really was apologizing. A week later after he apologized, he announced he was running for president.”
Willey told Ingraham she was “speechless” and “outraged” when she saw Clinton’s “Today” show interview.
“I could not believe the words that were coming out of his mouth. And he was so arrogant and pompous about the whole thing,” Willey said. “I think he actually does believe that he didn’t do anything wrong.”
“And, you know, this blanket apology, ‘I’ve apologized to everybody in the world,’ — well, okay. But he hasn’t apologized to the people that he hurt and the people that he destroyed, the women that he destroyed,” Willey continued.
“He hasn’t apologized to me. He has not apologized to Paula [Jones]. He apologized to Juanita, but, as we see, there was a plan to that. There was a purpose to that.”
Willey said she doesn’t believe that Clinton will ever try to apologize to her.
Willey said she doesn’t believe that Clinton will ever try to apologize to her. “He never will. He doesn’t get it. It’s just the way it is.”
When Ingraham asked Willey if she would accept an apology from Clinton, Willey replied, “No, I’d tell him the same thing Juanita told him. I’d tell him to go to hell.”
Broaddrick insisted there isn’t “any redemption in regard to Bill and Hillary Clinton.”
“I do not believe that,” Broaddrick said. “And I would probably tell him the same thing again today.”