Philippe Reines -- a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and adviser to Hillary Clinton -- blasted Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) after she said that Bill Clinton should have resigned from the presidency after his sexual relationship with White House staffer Monica Lewinsky was revealed during his tenure in the 1990s. Sen. Gillibrand told The New York Times on Thursday, “Yes, I think that is the appropriate response,” when she was asked if Clinton should have stepped down. 

Gillibrand said that while Clinton’s relationship with Lewinsky is considered a “fireable offense” today, times were different back in the 1990s. “Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction,” Gillibrand told the newspaper.  “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.”

Reines, for his part, accused Gillibrand of hypocrisy for accepting endorsements and donations from both of the Clintons for a number of years. He tweeted late on Thursday, “Ken Starr spent $70 million on a consensual blowjob. Senate voted to keep President Bill Clinton. But not enough for you Sen. Gillibrand? Over 20 year you took the Clintons’ endorsements, money, and seat. Hypocrite. Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries. Best of luck.”

Throughout the week, accusations of sexual misdeeds and harassment have been flying in Washington DC and throughout the country. On Thursday, a female radio personality accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of forcibly kissing her during a USO charity tour in Afghanistan. She also published a photograph that showed Franken grabbing her breasts while she slept on a military transport plane. Meanwhile, Republican candidate Roy Moore is battling claims that he sexually molested five teenaged girls when he was in his 30s. Accusations are also flying about Hollywood personalities such as actor Kevin Spacey, one of the most prominent Tinseltown fundraisers for the Clintons.

Several women also came out against President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, claiming he had made inappropriate sexual advances toward them.
 



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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