You’d think the big story about Bill Clinton’s new book, The President is Missing, would actually be the book, but the discussion eventually turned to the current presidency, about which Clinton had quite the snarky comment.
COMING UP THIS SUNDAY
Former President Bill Clinton talks about impeachment, President Trump and his new book with James Patterson
— CBS Sunday Morning (@CBSSunday) June 1, 2018
James Patterson on the title of his book with Bill Clinton “The President Is Missing”: The president is NOT missing, we’re reminded every morning when a tweet comes out.”
— MJ Franklin (@heyitsfranklin2) June 3, 2018
During their series of press appearances about their new book, Clinton and co-author James Patterson discussed everything from the book itself to the grim future of democracy to President Trump. When it got to that last one, Clinton threw some great, underhanded shade. At one point, the conversation turns to Clinton’s opinion on running in today’s political climate, to which he responds, “I couldn’t be elected now because I don’t like embarrassing people the way Trump does.”
— The Hill (@thehill) June 3, 2018
A comment like that can go one of two ways, but if you guessed that it was turned back against the former president, then you know your internet well. Many people didn’t take kindly to Clinton’s statement, with some saying, “He couldn’t be elected now because people found out what a scum he really is” and “But he doesn’t mind embarrassing himself.”
He couldn't be elected now because people found out what a scum he really is
— Shay Ovadia (@spinachcoke) June 3, 2018
But he doesn't mind embarrassing himself.
— David Caldwell (@expoparker) June 3, 2018
It’s getting more difficult to have any criticism of the current presidency without stepping in front of a firing squad of right-wing champions. Though it’s worth noting that the climate was just as defensive, albeit less volatile, with the Obama presidency.
In the wake of Clinton’s comment about Trump, people were quick to remind him of his indiscretions in office which, admittedly, were a little embarrassing for the nation.
He embarrassed the country in many ways, not just having sex in the Oval Office with an intern, which would have gotten any Federal employee FIRED.
Guess that's executive privelege.
— Daniel Patrick (@DanielP67186307) June 4, 2018
@BillClinton you had no problem embarrassing your wife, your daughter and your nation while you were playing hide the cigar in the Oval Office though!!
— Tracy Law (@TracyLaw11) June 4, 2018
He embarrassed our entire nation by getting blow jobs in the Oval Office from a fat intern named @MonicaLewinsky. Save all the “horrible @realDonaldTrump' stuff. By the way, when was the last time you slept with your…”wife”? About 11 years ago?
— Gina Genochio (@GinaGenochio) June 3, 2018
I wonder what Monica Lewinsky is up to nowadays
— Double A (@DoubleAUB) June 4, 2018
He later followed up his shade with even more shade by stating, “My mother woulda whipped me for five days in a row when I was a little boy if I spent all my time bad mouthing people like this.” That didn’t go over well either.
“My mother woulda whipped me for five days in a row when I was a little boy if I spent all my time badmouthing people like this” — @BillClinton weighs in on Trump on CBS as he kicks off book tour with James Patterson.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) June 3, 2018
What would she have done about your raping/sexually abusing women? How about your visits to Epstein Island? Dicking bimbos? Pay to play? Stealing from Haiti? Private email server? Whitewater, Foggy Bottom? Billy Boy Clinton is a POS!
— One Tweet at a Time (@janetoegel) June 3, 2018
What would have Bill's mother done if she knew he would have grown up to sexually assault and rape women?
— Brian (@applecharlie5) June 3, 2018
He opens his mouth and that's all it takes to know @BillClinton is lying
— BrianGutekunstIsGreat (@trumpstillpres4) June 4, 2018
Your mother also raised a rapist. So there’s that
— @charliefromnyc (@CharliefromNYC) June 3, 2018
Those comments weren’t the only mention of Donald Trump, either. The President is Missing kicks off with a discussion about impeachment, and when asked why, Patterson responds very plainly with, “No reason.”
Y’all! James Patterson is SHADY!
Moderator: “You start off the book with impeachment. Why start with that?”
James Patterson, without missing a beat: “No reason.”
— MJ Franklin (@heyitsfranklin2) June 3, 2018
During the Q&A, Clinton did have something to say about the potential for impeachment with Trump, and it’s not a great sign: “If it were a Democratic president and these facts were present, most people I know in Washington believe impeachment hearings would have begun already,” Clinton explained.
“If it were a Democratic president and these facts were present, most people I know in Washington believe impeachment hearings would have begun already.”
-Bill Clinton, who knows a little something about impeachment (and wrote a book with James Patterson).https://t.co/WtDX3MHyas
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly BWCS (@AynRandPaulRyan) June 3, 2018
The President is Missing is Clinton’s first novel and follows a thrilling tale of a White House in danger, especially when the President is connected with espionage and cyberterror before vanishing from the public eye.