Linda Tripp on criticism of Bill Clinton: It’s ‘a day late,’ a ‘dollar short’
Linda Tripp, the woman who helped bring to light Monica Lewinsky’s extramarital relationship with then-President Bill Clinton, is lashing out at critics of the former president who have emerged in recent weeks.
In an interview with The Weekly Standard published Friday, the former Pentagon employee says that Clinton detractors who have emerged in the months following Hillary Clinton’s November 2016 election defeat are “disingenuous.”
“They have nothing to lose, and this is now permissible,” Tripp told the magazine. “The fact that the Clintons are dead in the water gives [the media] tacit approval to act like human beings…it’s disingenuous.”
“It’s a day late, and it’s a dollar short,” she added.
Tripp also told The Weekly Standard that Clinton’s lewd behavior in the White House was known to everyone down to individual members of the cleaning staff.
“The housekeeping staff was afraid to bend over in his presence,” she said.
Clinton’s allegedly predatory behavior has come under increased scrutiny amid sexual misconduct allegations against top lawmakers including Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand (N.Y.) has become one of the former president’s loudest detractors in recent weeks, telling reporters that the former president should have resigned after the scandal was made public.
“I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction,” Gilibrand said last week. “And I think in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump, and a very different conversation about allegations against him.”
Tripp questioned what knowledge the former president’s newfound critics could have that they didn’t know about during his presidency.
“What information do they have at their fingertips today that they didn’t have 20 years ago?” Tripp asked. “What information has changed?”
“I’m so weary of hearing that society’s mores have changed,” she added. “When I knew that this was an abuse of, essentially, a kid.”
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