“Quite the turn of phrase,” said Alex Burns of the New York Times, in an understated, eyebrow-raising Tweet this afternoon with a screenshot of cringe-worthy remarks from former President Bill Clinton.
The excerpt is from an article, posted at RealClearPolitics, quoting Clinton discussing and defending disgraced former Senator Al Franken.
And this is quite the turn of phrase pic.twitter.com/JZjl4t9WKs
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) June 11, 2018
“I think the norms have really changed, in terms of what you can do to somebody against their will,” Clinton pondered weightily.
And Twitter pondered back. Burns’ NYT colleague Maggie Haberman was succinct and right on the money.
"Norms have changed about what you can do to someone against their will" is a hell of a sentiment https://t.co/wjOwGsxiTo
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 11, 2018
I’ll say. And so it began:
Exclusive video of center-left feminism determining how to react to Bill Clinton's claim that "Norms have changed about what you can do to someone against their will." pic.twitter.com/tpnBZQI5FB
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) June 11, 2018
"Norms have changed in what you could do to someone against their will."
— RBe (@RBPundit) June 11, 2018
Am I to take from that sentence that there WAS a time when it was OK to do something to someone against their will? pic.twitter.com/8hcXzbONqh
— PEACHES (@john_peacher) June 11, 2018
Saying the quiet part loud https://t.co/fJrVe1j6UA
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) June 11, 2018
This is the weirdest book tour ever https://t.co/fVAU06CX1q
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) June 11, 2018
— Barstool News Network (@BarstoolNewsN) June 11, 2018
Old Bill Clinton asserting in his own way 'I'm a terrible person but you elected me twice' is the most honest Bill Clinton. https://t.co/pDWmXvUfh4
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) June 11, 2018
— Andrea González-Ramírez (@andreagonram) June 11, 2018
This may be my personal favorite, from the always on point Jane Coaston from Vox.
If you want a living Democratic president who can talk at your conference may I recommend
Who are available
And not like thishttps://t.co/G4KXypL8m2
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) June 11, 2018
Any. Two. Others.
Or, perhaps most accurately and succinctly of them all…
— meh (@mharvey816) June 11, 2018
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