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Some of the folks at CNN admitted Tuesday that they “admire” former President Bill Clinton despite him being a credibly accused rapist and believe he deserves redemption.
These admissions were offered on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” after panelist Scott Jennings, a former George W. Bush administration official, complained about Clinton being tapped to speak at this year’s theatrical Democrat National Convention.
Watch the discussion that ensued below:
.@ScottJenningsKY: How is it that Bill Clinton has not been canceled…when he’s been one of the biggest violators of these rules all these years.
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 19, 2020
“I am dumbfounded by this. How is it that Bill Clinton has not been canceled by the Democrats. How has he survived all of these waves of cancellations when he has been one of the biggest violators of these rules all these years?” Jennings began.
“We believe in redemption, brother. Redemption,” fellow panelist Van Jones responded.
“We talked last night about the use of character to try to say, ‘Donald Trump is a man of low character.’ Fine. He’s fair game. But you’re going to say that in one breath and then say, ‘Character matters. Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Clinton,’” Jennings continued.
“Does this make sense to anyone? If you want Republicans to vote for Joe Biden, having Bill Clinton talking about character and not having drama in the Oval Office — is that the right answer?”
Besides receiving oral sex in the Oval Office from an intern and then lying about it while testifying under oath to a federal grand jury, Clinton also allegedly raped Juanita Broaddrick in April of 1978.
Responding to Jennings’ point, fellow panelist Jennifer Granholm suggested Clinton’s past shouldn’t matter anymore because it’s already been litigated.
“How far are we going to go back? This has been asked and answered decades ago,” she claimed in direct contradiction of the facts.
While it’s true then-President Clinton was impeached in 1990s for lying to Congress about his Oval Office affair, the rape accusations from Broaddrick have never been addressed.
My case was never litigated or adjudicated. It never went to court.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) September 19, 2018
“The point is that Bill Clinton is excellent at explaining stuff, especially he things that matter to everyday people. Bill Clinton’s administration was an incredible job creator. They did an incredible job at reducing the deficit,” Granholm continued.
“He ended up with a surplus. He’s going to talk about the things that everyday citizens care about and use his great way of explaining it to make sure that people understand the reality that Democrats are better on the economy.”
That’s a dubious theory, but OK.
Jones then took the mic to express his admiration for Clinton …
“You’re talking about Bill Clinton’s character. And what I admire about Bill Clinton is that he has acknowledged his wrongdoing, he’s apologized, he’s tried to rebuild his family, and I think apologies don’t come as often or as easily from the present White House, even when they should,” he said.
“So I don’t think we have to say everything Bill Clinton has done is great, but I do think that when he has made mistakes, he’s acknowledged them, and I admire him for that.”
Except Clinton has never admitted to or acknowledged his alleged rape of Broaddrick. Nor he has he been very remorseful about his interactions with infamous former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
When questioned two years ago about the PTSD that Lewinsky has experienced because of what happened, he caught an attitude.
“This March, Monica Lewinsky penned an op-ed in Vanity Fair, taking responsibility for her part in the scandal but also admitting that years later, she was diagnosed with PTSD from the unrelenting public scrutiny. Looking back, through the lens of #MeToo now, do you think differently or feel more responsibility?” NBC’s Craig Melvin asked him.
“No, I felt terrible then. And I came to grips with it. And nobody believes that I got out of that for free,” Clinton replied, adding that he’d left the White House in debt.
“This was litigated 20 years ago. Two-thirds of the American people sided with me. They were sensitive that I had a sexual harassment policy when I was governor in the ’80s. I had two women chief of staff when I was governor. Women were over-represented in the attorney general’s office in the ’70s.”
He basically tried to excuse his actions by citing a few examples of him allegedly treating women in the workplace well.
When Melvin then asked Clinton whether he felt he owed Lewinsky a private apology, he stubbornly replied, “No. I, I do not, I have never talked to her.”
Talk about a man of character …
Take a look at some of the confusion and mockery that erupted thanks to Jones’ and Granholm’ stunning defense of Mr. Character:
What is Van talking about? Bill only apologized for the things he’s was busted cold on. Never addressed or apologized for the multiple rape allegations. So he’s Trump that’s just slightly more polite, but he’s good at explaining things, so keep him around. I don’t get that logic.
— Mike Daitch (@mikedaitch) August 19, 2020
So wait, no one should be held accountable for things that happened long in the past? But the same party expects people in 2020 to be held accountable for things that happened long before any of us was born 🤔
— 🐾🐾 (@Readingpets) August 19, 2020
When has he apologized? If all of Bill’s credible accusers took a road trip you’d need a small bus. And those are just the ones willing to be smeared and lives destroyed by a compliant and fawning press. How many more stayed silent?
— BS (@MandalorianGe0) August 19, 2020
Clinton went on national TV and said he did not have sexual relations with Monica. He only admitted it after he was caught lying about it.
— Lynn Chizek (@LynnChizek) August 19, 2020
Democrats would turn a blind eye to anything if it meant them regaining power.
Even supporting a rapist and impeached president like Bill Clinton is fine for them.
— KicknNz (@KicknNz) August 19, 2020
I wonder when he’s going to explain the 26 flights on the Lolita Express
— Midnight Mug (@midnight_mug) August 19, 2020
The CNN discussion came during the same week that photos emerged of Clinton receiving a neck massage from one of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s sex slaves.
And it likewise came only about a month after after the emergence of unsealed court documents showing that same sex slave admitting that Clinton had spent time on Epstein’s notorious Orgy Island.