For nearly two decades, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky remained fairly quiet as she was the subject of jokes about her illicit affair with former President Bill Clinton.
Over the past few years, however, she has become more emboldened to speak out about the affair that nearly ruined her life and has often done so in a rather humorous manner, as evidenced by a tweet she posted over the weekend.
Keeping it light
The U.K. Daily Mail reported that Lewinsky’s tweet was in response to a question posed by a motivational speaker who sought to know the “worst career advice” people had ever received from others.
Author and organizational psychologist Adam Grant tweeted on Saturday, “What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever received?”
While that tweet garnered a significant response on its own, arguably the best and most popular — and funniest — reply came from Lewinsky, who tweeted that the worst advice she’d received was “an internship at the white house will be amazing on your resume.”
an internship at the white house will be amazing on your resume. 😳
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) July 14, 2019
The Daily Mail noted that Lewinsky had been hired as a White House intern prior to accepting a job in the Office of Legislative Affairs in 1995.
It was during her time as an intern that then-President Clinton took a liking to her and the pair began an illicit and secretive affair in the White House, one that ultimately came to light when Clinton was being investigated for other matters.
Clinton infamously lied to investigators and the public about the affair initially — “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” — and though two articles of impeachment were adopted by the House as a result, the Senate failed to convict him on either one by the required two-thirds majority vote.
Meanwhile, the then-powerful Clinton machine — with the full weight of the establishment media at its command — made life utter hell for Lewinsky, prompting her to keep a low profile for many years.
But that was then, and times have certainly changed with the recent surge of the #MeToo movement that is openly challenging powerful figures who have sexually abused and harassed women everywhere.
To her credit, Lewinsky has grown increasingly comfortable with speaking out about what happened to her, typically with a bit of humor added in.
Now that the Clintons hold very little, if any, power in politics and society, hopefully, Lewinsky and other women abused and mistreated by the Clintons will feel safe enough to continue speaking out publicly about what was done to them in the past.