#MeToo founder Tarana Burke castigates Hillary Clinton over her remarks that her husband's affair with then-intern Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power. (Image source: The Root video screenshot)
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Tarana Burke, the original founder of the #MeToo movement, condemned Hillary Clinton's defense of former President Bill Clinton's affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
In remarks on CBS' "Sunday Morning," the former presidential candidate and onetime secretary of state said that her husband's affair was simply not an abuse of power. Hillary also said that she didn't think Bill should have resigned from office following the scandal that rocked the White House and his presidency.
What did Burke say in response to Hillary's remarks?
In an interview with The Root, which was published on Tuesday, Burke said that Hillary's defense of Bill's role in the Lewinsky affair was "tragic and wrong."
"Sexual violence is not about sex," Burke explained. "It's about power. And it's about the abuse of power."
Burke highlighted the former president's affair with Lewinsky as the perfect example of abuse of power.
"Two people made a choice," Burke admitted, and noted that she did believe the relationship was consensual, but added that "one of those people was the most powerful man in the world."
"You're talking about an age dynamic, but you're also talking about the president of the United States," Burke explained. "The amount of power, the amount of accumulated power that is in that position alone — versus an intern — it's absolutely an abuse of power.
"It's unfortunate that it wasn't used as a moment to be accountable," Burke said of Hillary's remarks. "We need to see what different models of accountability look like.
"It was an abuse of power that I'm sure he regrets," Burke remarked, pointing to the former president, and later called Hillary's comments on the affair "unfortunate."
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