By Brody Levesque | WASHINGTON – I am repulsed and angered today by news that Monica Lewinsky is once again on front pages in what I cynically perceive as a well timed gambit to reemerge as the nation draws closer to the 2016 presidential campaign to taint a run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by dredging up yet again her husband's peccadillo and womanizing.
But, what really angered me, was Ms. Lewinsky playing a sympathy card by comparing herself to 18 year old Tyler Clementi who committed suicide after a sexual encounter with a male friend was broadcast live over the internet.
In an essay piece that she wrote for Vanity Fair magazine that will be available digitally on May 8 and on newsstands May 13, Lewinsky says she finally came forward about her experience because of Clementi:
“[T]hanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet," Lewinsky said.
Lewinsky added that she and her mother were both disturbed by the circumstances surrounding Clementi's death.
“She was reliving 1998, when she wouldn’t let me out of her sight. She was replaying those weeks when she stayed by my bed, night after night, because I, too, was suicidal," Lewinsky said of her mother. "The shame, the scorn, and the fear that had been thrown at her daughter left her afraid that I would take my own life—a fear that I would be literally humiliated to death.”
She hoped by telling her story, she "might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation."
First, Clementi wasn't caught “in flagrant delicti” performing oral sex on the President of the United States in the study hallway right next to the oval office. Nor was he in anyway, shape, or form a public figure. No he was a young shy and for all intent “closeted” gay college freshman which is a far cry from a female intern in the hallways of the West Wing chasing the President.
Ms. Lewinsky, while you might have been naive and possible victimized, albeit certainly by Matt Drudge and a portion of the press corps back during those troubling times, the fact remains that your coming public now, nearly four years after Tyler's death, can be seen as a cheap political stunt with the only intent clearly being to embarrass the Clinton's as Secretary Clinton may be considering another run to sit behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.