Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton was treated to a surprise when she was accidentally called “Monica” by one of her young interviewers — a student from the University of Iowa. Clinton was so surprised, in fact, that she ended up kicking the student out for her tongue slip.
It looks like the memories associated with the name Monica and her husband’s famous affair with a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky are not something the Democratic candidate is willing to deal with right now.
Hillary Clinton cut short her interview with the Iowa college student after she awkwardly called her Monica and then tried to cover up her slip by then saying, “Oh no, not Lewinsky.”
The entire situation was apparently too much for the former Secretary of State Clinton, who once sat through a marathon 11-hour hearing for the Benghazi mishap without batting an eye, and she declined to answer any more questions from that student.
The Iowa collegs student’s tongue slip cost her an interview with Hillary Clinton, but it did leave her with a story to tell.
According to an article she wrote, titled “I accidentally called Hillary Clinton ‘Monica’ when I interviewed her,” when she first met Clinton, “I reached out and shook the hand coming towards me, looking to my side and saying ‘it’s nice meeting you, Monica.'”
Elise Goodvin, the student in question, apparently had been talking to a woman named Monica, an MSNBC correspondent, who was standing next to her. She hadn’t even known, it seems, that it was Hillary Clinton’s hand she was shaking.
Realizing her mistake, Goodvin tried to make amends with the Democratic front-runner by trying to explain to Clinton that she had been looking at and talking to the woman standing next to her, who was named Monica.
But her explanation, shortened by the awe of talking to Hillary Clinton herself, probably made things worse.
She said, “Oh I meant her [referring to the Monica standing nearby]… not Lewinsky.”
The mention of Monica Lewinsky, the woman whom Bill Clinton had cheated on her with, must have put the former Secretary of State Clinton on edge, because a few minutes later (in which Goodvin apparently tried to suppress her laughter), Hillary went up to her head of media for a few words and continued about her business.
It was the head of media who informed the student that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “would no longer be taking any questions from [her] and it would just be best if [she] left.”
Despite being kicked out of the event, Elise Goodvin remains in good humor about the brush-off she received from Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton.
She concluded the affair, rather jokingly, “So all in all, the moral of this story is to always look at who you’re shaking hands with, and if you say the wrong name, make sure it’s at least not someone who gave their husband a blowjob.”
But Hillary Clinton’s reaction to being called Monica, the mistress from her husband’s famous cheating scandal, is quite astonishing. She only recently spoke at a church about how she has forgiven Monica Lewinsky.
In this recent message from Clinton about the Monica Lewinsky scandal (Goodvin’s piece implied that this was in the summer of 2015), she focused on her love for her husband and her willingness to forgive, using the allegory of the prodigal son.
As reported by the Inquisitr, Hillary Clinton alluded to herself as the forgiving father who takes back the son who ran away from her “having a pretty good time committing every sin that you could list.”
So a lot has changed since last summer, when even the mention of Monica Lewinsky could cause Hillary Clinton to flinch away from you and decline your interview.
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