"The View" co-host Joy Behar on Wednesday dismissed the notion that Monica Lewinsky was a victim of her high-profile affair with former President Bill Clinton, declaring that instead Hillary Clinton and America are the ones who deserve the most sympathy.
The daytime gabfest discussed Lewinsky as one of the first victims of canceled culture after the former White House intern’s affair with Clinton and his subsequent impeachment in 1998 for lying under oath. But the liberal host said Hillary Clinton suffering consequences in 2016 over the saga was the real tragedy.
"I would submit here that the real victim was the United States of America, and then Hillary Clinton, because if you remember when the debate was going on between Trump and Hillary, Trump brought in all these so-called victims of Clinton's peccadilloes," Behar stated. Anna Navarro then replied " If Democrats had done the same and brought in Trump's victims, they would have needed an arena."
"And to be clear, he allegedly abused women, Bill Clinton," noted Sunny Hostin in reaction to Behar's comments.
Behar made air quotes with her hands when she referred to the "so-called victims," referring to when Trump brought Clinton accusers Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey to a 2016 presidential debate.
"Yeah, but when he brought those women into that debate, that hurt Hillary Clinton and that is the real victim. The country lost a great person, Hillary Clinton could have been the president instead of that criminal that we had there for four years. And that's the real victim," Behar retorted staunchly.
Behar also revealed she doesn’t regret any "joke" made about Lewinsky at the height of the former president’s scandal.
"In the moment it was funny and it was relevant. My intention is never to hurt anybody’s feelings," Behar said. "I’m coming from a pure place with it."
Former President Bill Clinton is alleged to have sexually abused multiple women, including Juanita Broaddrick, who alleges she was violently raped by Clinton in 1978.
"There was no remorse," Broaddrick told BuzzFeed News. "He acted like it was an everyday occurrence. He was not the least bit apologetic. It was just unreal."
Other alleged victims include Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Leslie Milwee. In the case of Paula Jones, Clinton coughed up $850,000 as part of an out-of-court settlement agreement.
This is hardly the first time that Behar has disparaged women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct.
In 2016, Behar was forced to apologize after calling Clinton’s accusers "tramps" during a discussion about then-candidate Trump bringing the women who accused Clinton of sexual assault or harassment to the debate.