Chris Matthews expressed regret Friday for being “too tough” on former President Bill Clinton in 1998 when Clinton’s sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky came to light.
On his show “Hardball,” Matthews interrupted Stephanie Ruhle during their discussion on whether Clinton’s “day of reckoning” had come. He interjected to say how tough he was on Bill Clinton at the time, going as far as to say he thinks he might have been too tough on Clinton.
“Has Bill Clinton’s day of reckoning come?” Matthews said. “I think it has.”
“We do know what happened; we knew the president was honest in his grand jury testimony,” Matthews said.
He asked Ruhle: “What more needs to be said about that at this point all these years later?”
Ruhle contradicted Matthews’ characterization of the scandal as hurting Clinton unfairly.
“We called it the Lewinsky scandal, we didn’t call it the Clinton scandal, and we looked at Monica Lewinsky as a villain—come on, Chris, she was a victim,” Ruhle replied.
Matthews then interrupted Ruhle to push back against hercomments.
“We did?” Matthews asked.
“Well many people did,” Ruhle responded.
Matthews didn’t leave it there; he went on reflecting on his coverage of Clinton during the scandal. He insisted repeatedly that he was tough on Clinton, even as Ruhle pushed back against the idea that Clinton faced tough consequences.
“Monica Lewinsky’s life, to large part, was destroyed. Bill Clinton’s wasn’t,” she added later.
“I’m trying to make up for the fact that I think I was too tough on Clinton,” Matthews said as the segment concluded.
Perhaps at some point Matthews stated a fact, such as Clinton dragged the entire nation into a quagmire (as the Democrats have done with their Russian collusion tar pit) by being a sexual predator and liar. In liberal-speak, citing facts is regarded as unfair or harsh.
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