The media continues to ask Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to explain why he keeps dredging up former President Bill Clinton’s ’90s-era affair with a White House intern.
So in a vicious cycle, Paul keeps connecting the Monica Lewinsky scandal back to Democrats’ “war on women” narrative against the GOP. His latest accusation: Clinton was a “serial philanderer.”
“For all these people who stand up for Bill Clinton, say ‘He’s the greatest thing since sliced bread,’ he was a serial philanderer but he also is someone who took advantage of women in the workplace,” Paul said Wednesday on “CBS This Morning.”
CBS brought up remarks Paul made Sunday on “Meet the Press,” where he was asked about his wife’s comments in Vogue magazine on Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. Paul was asked about what he hopes will come of dredging up the Lewinsky scandal fifteen years after the fact.
“It’s more of a question of the entire Democrat Party who says there’s a ‘war on women,’ and that somehow the other party is committing this and yet they support and defend a guy who really in the workplace was doing something that was inexcusable, and should not be tolerated,” he told CBS. “There’s a question of hypocrisy, and I think people don’t like hypocrisy.”
Politico also asked Paul about his original comments on Tuesday. Paul doubled down on his accusations of Clinton’s “predatory behavior,” but conceded that his scandal “doesn’t really apply” to his wife Hillary Clinton should she decide to launch a presidential campaign.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) condemned Paul’s mansplaining of the affair and suggested he was “trying to show that he can be tough and win the presidential nomination” himself.
“I think I can speak for most women to say that I found what he said infuriating. I think most women understand they should not be held accountable for the behavior of their husbands,” she told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “You know, frankly, it was a long time ago. Our country did very well under the leadership of Bill Clinton.”
Paul has repeatedly said that he is merely responding to direct questions about Clinton’s past behavior.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.