Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul calls former President Bill Clinton a sexual predator and says that the media have given him a pass on it. That begs the question, Republicans are the ones waging a war against women?
Here is Paul's complete statement:
I mean the Democrats -- one of their big issues is -- they have concocted and said Republicans are committing a war on women. One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn't prey on young interns in their office. And I think really, the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that and that is predatory behavior and it should be something we shouldn't want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office. This isn't having an affair. I mean, this isn't me saying he's had an affair, we shouldn't talk to him. Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? I mean, really. And then they have the gall to stand up and say Republicans are having a war on women? So, yes, I think it's a factor. It's not Hillary's fault, but it is a factor in judging Bill Clinton in history.
Host David Gregory fulfilled Paul's media assessment by giving Clinton another pass by showing more concern about how this might effect Hillary Clinton if she runs for president. Gregory asked, "But is it something Hillary Clinton should be judged on if she were a candidate in 2016?"
No, I'm not saying that. This is with regard to the Clintons, and sometimes it's hard to separate one from the other. But I would say that with regard to his place in history, that it certainly is a discussion and I think in my state, you know, people tend to sort of frown upon that. We wouldn't be -- if there were someone in my community who did that, they would be socially -- we would disassociate from somebody who would take advantage of a young woman in the workplace.