Former President Bill Clinton had just a bit-part at the Democratic National Convention, and although he was far from center stage as in the past, his presence on Tuesday night, Aug. 18, as a speaker for the Democrats raised a few eyebrows.
CNN commentators Van Jones and Jennifer Granholm were generous in their praise of Clinton, who has been placed under a cloud over his friendship with the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
CNN colleague Scott Jennings was puzzled at Clinton’s inclusion after a victim of Epstein’s pedophile ring has named Clinton as a visitor to Epstein’s sex island.
Clinton’s address to the DNC came on the same day embarrassing photos of him getting a massage from Chauntae Davies, who was Epstein’s personal masseuse. The photo obtained by The Daily Mail, shows Davies kneading Clinton’s shoulders to ease his stress.
During his speech at the DNC, Clinton was heard to criticize President Trump on his behavior in the Oval Office, “At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it’s a storm center. There’s only chaos,” said Clinton.
Reaction from the Federalist cultural editor was swift, “Bill Clinton is lecturing us on what should be happening in the Oval Office,” Emily Jashinksy tweeted.
Bill Clinton is lecturing us on what should be happening in the Oval Office.
— Emily Jashinsky (@emilyjashinsky) August 19, 2020
One point made by Journalist Phillip Bailey was how Clinton received “5x” more speaking time than Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who was only allotted 60 seconds on the air despite her popularity in the Democrat Party, reported Fox News.
“For a party that made Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegations the center of its political universe a few years ago nothing says #metoo like giving @BillClinton such a prominent speaking spot over arguably one of its top 5 women, right?” Bailey tweeted.
For a party that made Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegations the center of its political universe a few years ago nothing says #metoo like giving @BillClinton such a prominent speaking spot over arguably one of its top 5 women, right? #DNCConvention https://t.co/l2I0SbvqBq
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) August 19, 2020
A CNN panel instantly came to Clinton’s defense when Jennings, a former George W. Bush White House official, was puzzled that the Democrats continue to give Clinton a platform. The commentator asked the question— why, in the #MeToo era, was he not canceled?
“I have to say… I am dumbfounded by this. How is it that Bill Clinton has not been canceled by the Democratic—how has he survived all of these waves of cancellations when he has been one of the biggest violators of these rules all these years?” Jennings asked.
“We believe in redemption, brother,” was Jones’s response.
“We talk about the use of character to try and say ‘Donald Trump is a man of lower character than Joe Biden’ … he’s fair game. That’s totally fine,” Jennings continued. “So you’re gonna say that in one breath and then say, ‘Character matters. Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Clinton!’
“I mean, does this make sense to anyone?” Jennings went on, reported Fox News. “If you want Republicans to vote for Joe Biden, having Bill Clinton talk about character and not hav[ing] drama in the Oval Office—is that the right answer?”
Jones said what he “admires” about Clinton is that he “acknowledged his wrongdoing” and “apologized,” adding that apologies “don’t come as easy” from President Trump in White House.
“I don’t think we have to say that everything that Bill Clinton has done is great, but I do think that when he has made mistakes, he’s acknowledged them and I admire him for that,” Jones said before anchor Anderson Cooper quickly changed the subject.
Clinton was impeached after his very public extramarital affair with then-White-House intern Monica Lewinsky, he consistently denied any affair, only to finally concede he had lied under oath.
In July, Clinton was implicated in Epstein documents by a witness who said she saw Clinton on the pedophile’s island. Clinton has denied having ever visited the island.