Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said she wasn’t sure if former President Bill Clinton should have resigned in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” questioned Warren on whether or not Clinton “should … have left office after having an affair with a much younger staffer in the White House?”
The Massachusetts congresswoman’s response was not at all definitive.
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‘Uh, I don’t know,” Warren replied.
“I can’t go back to litigate the 1990s. That one is beyond me.”
Elizabeth Warren asked on Morning Joe if Bill Clinton should have left office over Monica Lewinsky.
“I don’t know. I can’t go back and litigate the 1990s. That one — that one is beyond me.”
— Liz Goodwin (@lizcgoodwin) March 13, 2019
After the host suggested that perhaps Clinton’s inability to hold himself accountable over the affair is what led to the political atmosphere of today, Warren repeated her thought.
“Did the 1990s get us here, though, to an extent?” Brzezinski queried.
“Of course it did, and I don’t have the time machine to go back and change the ’90s,” Warren responded. “All I can do is change this world going forward.”
Won’t speculate. Odd how Warren is unwilling to discuss the past — when she’s been more than willing to discuss whether or not President Donald Trump should remain in office.
“By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president,” Warren said during an Iowa campaign event last month.
“In fact, he may not even be a free person.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 11, 2019
Warren also suggested the 25th Amendment should be used to remove Trump from the White House.
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“If they believe that Donald Trump cannot fulfill the obligations of his office — then they have a constitutional responsibility to invoke the 25th amendment,” she said.
Now, suddenly, she has cold feet when commenting on something that led to Clinton’s impeachment on perjury charges for lying about his sexual relationship with Lewinsky over 20 years ago.
Not in line with another 2020 candidate. Warren’s inability to denounce Clinton’s actions runs counter to another Democrat candidate in 2020: Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gillibrand, after years of defending Hillary’s husband, took advantage of the #MeToo movement to finally admit that the former president should have resigned over the scandal.
When asked by The New York Times whether Clinton should have resigned over the affair, Gillbrand responded, “Yes, I think that is the appropriate response.”
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 25, 2016
Considering that reports have surfaced that presidential hopefuls are not seeking advice from Bill Clinton, Warren could have stood out by answering the question.
But she couldn’t even stand on principle when it came to a tangible, impeachable offense by a president. Shameful.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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