Bill Kristol responds with ‘Benghazi’ after ABC host mocks him for Lewinsky conspiracy theory

By David Edwards
Sunday, May 11, 2014 13:10 EDT
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Bill Kristol speaks to ABC News
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Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol on Sunday said that he stood behind a conspiracy theory that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be behind Vanity Fair’s recent Monica Lewinsky essay, but then quickly changed the subject to Benghazi.

In a recently column, Kristol’s publication had asserted that “Lewinsky’s reemergence now—months before Hillary is likely to declare her candidacy—is probably being stage-managed by some division or other of the vast pro–Hillary conspiracy, whether Lewinsky knows she’s a pawn or not.”

During a panel segment on Sunday, it was clear that ABC host Martha Raddatz found the conspiracy theory preposterous.

“I stand with that guess,” Kristol said. “It’s a little ironic, we’re having a little lightheartedness.”

“Okay, how would that work, this conspiracy?” Raddatz pressed. “Do you sit down with the Vanity Fair editor?”

“Well, you could,” Kristol declared. “I think — I believe Hillary Clinton knows the editors, and the publisher of Vanity Fair. But that’s not the issue. And I don’t think Monica Lewinsky will be an issue one way or another.”

“Benghazi is a serious issue, Boko Haram is a serious issue,” he added. “Monica Lewinsky isn’t.”

Watch the video below from ABC’s This Week, broadcast May 11, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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