Bill Harris, VP Harris, talks about empowering women despite skeptics
Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Bill Clinton held a webcast discussion Friday on “Empowering Women and Girls,” despite criticism of Clinton’s history of alleged sexual misconduct and predatory behavior.
Harris said it was “a real honor” to join Clinton, 74, for the Clinton Global Initiative virtual event.
At one point in the conversation, Clinton cryptically endorsed Harris’ advice that people should try to be “present” throughout their lives, adding that he believes this allows them to “forgive” themselves for wrongdoings.
Clinton said, “It’s really good advice. When you are really present it also gives you the gift of memory as you go through life. If you are careful at every stage of your life, you can build on it and grow. And.” you can forgive yourself for your mistakes and always look for new answers. “
The 22-minute conversation focused in part on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, but also included a little chat about Harris’ mother, the warming spring weather, and the role of vice presidents.
Harris said to Clinton, “I’ve known you during your presidency, but your life’s work has always focused on poverty and what we need to do to lift people out of poverty.”
The vice president noted that the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act increased an annual child tax credit from $ 2,000 to $ 3,000 or $ 3,600 for children under six, which proponents say could greatly reduce poverty.
The billing of the event as a forum for “empowering women and girls” was sharply criticized by alleged victims of Clinton and his former friend Jeffrey Epstein.
“Is that the king’s joke? This pervert who raped me is going to talk about empowering women. ” tweeted Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Clinton of raping her in 1978.
“Wow !! She asks Clinton how she can empower women ???” tweeted Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of the Epstein trade who says Prince Andrew had sex with her when she was 17.
“Wrong person, what to ask is what the hell Clinton did 27 times on #Epstein Island & Private Jets!”
In addition to Broaddrick’s allegation, Paula Jones charged Clinton with sexual harassment in 1991, and two other women, Kathleen Willey and Leslie Millwee, charged him with assault.
Clinton was charged in 1998 with perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with his affair with Monica Lewinsky, who was 21 when she was doing an internship at the White House.
During their conversation, Clinton and Harris also discussed their role as tie breakers in the evenly divided Senate.
“You know, when Al Gore was Vice President, he did a great job. But he had a wonderful saying. He said, “Whenever I vote, we win,” Clinton told Harris.
Harris replied, “I’ve adopted that saying. I tell you, the first time I said it, I said, “Like Al Gore said.” The next time I said it, I said, “Like someone famous said,” and now I just say, “As I always say, if I vote, I’ll win.”