Tantaros: Lewinsky Is 'Ticked Off,' Wants to Set Record Straight Before 2016
The Outnumbered panel, along with today's #oneluckyguy Pete Hegseth, gave us their unique takes on the new Monica Lewinsky piece in Vanity Fair. The former White House intern broke her silence about her affair with President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened," the 40-year-old wrote.
“Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position." She also noted that she has chosen to stay silent all these years, denying past rumors that the Clintons had paid her to keep quiet.
Andrea Tantaros pointed out that Bill Clinton has since gone on to become "one of the most popular and loved men in the universe."
"Who's kidding who? Hillary Clinton knew that there were plenty of women before Monica Lewinsky. She just wanted to go on record, and I think Monica even admits this, chastising the woman to show that she was outraged about this. But we know it was faux outrage," said the The Five co-host.
Lynne Cheney has speculated that the Clintons were aware of the piece ahead of time, and may feel that it's good to get the subject "out of the way" before the presidential campaign starts.
Andrea said she doesn't think that was the case, believing that Lewinsky wants to "set the record straight" before her name starts to surface again in 2016.
"I think Monica Lewinsky is angry. And I don't pity her, but I do think she was dealt a really bad hand. ... Her life has been kind of a mess since then. So I think if you read this with a really keen eye, you see a woman who's ticked off."
Watch the full discussion above with Hegseth, Katie Pavlich, Sandra Smith and Harris Faulkner as they debate Bill's past and Democrats' war on women narrative against Republicans.