Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton step out for dinner in New York after former President’s comments

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Bill Clinton stepped out for dinner with his wife Hillary in New York just hours after he claimed that cancel culture was started by Republicans.

The former President, 74, said yesterday morning that cancel culture was actually started by Republicans, who tried to cancel anyone who was not of the same mindset, before it was embraced by liberals.

But Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, 73, seemed unfazed by his controversial remarks as they were seen at Fresco by Scotto in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday.

The couple were seen smiling and chatting as they joined a group of friends for a delicious meal out at the popular family-run Tuscan restaurant. 

Bill Clinton stepped out for dinner with his wife Hillary (both pictured) in New York just hours after he claimed that cancel culture was started by Republicans

The former President (pictured with Hillary), 74, said yesterday that cancel culture was started by Republicans, who tried to cancel anyone who was not of the same mindset

The former President (pictured with Hillary), 74, said yesterday that cancel culture was started by Republicans, who tried to cancel anyone who was not of the same mindset

The former President (pictured with Hillary), 74, said yesterday that cancel culture was started by Republicans, who tried to cancel anyone who was not of the same mindset

Politician and diplomat Hillary cut a sophisticated figure as she wore a navy floral shirt paired with smart suit trousers and a blazer.

She accessorised her ensemble with nude pointed heels and wore her recognisable dark frames as she flashed a huge grin while arriving at the restaurant.

Meanwhile, her husband looked equally smart in a navy blue suit jacket and black suit trousers, which he paired with a lavender shirt for the outing.

They were seen engaging in avid conversations with their group of friends and enjoying the tasty Italian food just hours after Clinton’s comments.

Former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday morning that cancel culture was started by Republicans before it was adopted by liberals.

Clinton appeared on British morning show Lorraine and discussed life after the White House and his latest novel The President’s Daughter with best-selling author James Patterson.

But Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton (pictured), 73, seemed unfazed by his controversial remarks as they were seen at Fresco by Scotto in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday

But Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton (pictured), 73, seemed unfazed by his controversial remarks as they were seen at Fresco by Scotto in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday

But Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton (pictured), 73, seemed unfazed by his controversial remarks as they were seen at Fresco by Scotto in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday

Politician and diplomat Hillary cut a sophisticated figure as she wore a navy floral shirt paired with smart suit trousers and a blazer

Politician and diplomat Hillary cut a sophisticated figure as she wore a navy floral shirt paired with smart suit trousers and a blazer

Her husband looked equally smart in a navy blue suit jacket and black suit trousers, which he paired with a lavender shirt for the outing

Her husband looked equally smart in a navy blue suit jacket and black suit trousers, which he paired with a lavender shirt for the outing

Politician and diplomat Hillary (left) cut a sophisticated figure as she wore a navy floral shirt paired with smart suit trousers and a blazer, while her husband (right) wore a navy suit jacket

The couple (pictured) were seen engaging in avid conversations with their group of friends and enjoying the tasty Italian food just hours after Clinton's comments

The couple (pictured) were seen engaging in avid conversations with their group of friends and enjoying the tasty Italian food just hours after Clinton's comments

The couple (pictured) were seen engaging in avid conversations with their group of friends and enjoying the tasty Italian food just hours after Clinton’s comments

In the wide-ranging interview Clinton discussed cancel culture, which he says was actually started by Republicans, who tried to cancel anyone who was not of the same mindset, before it was embraced by liberals.

‘The first canceling I ever went through throughout my life was the canceling that people on the right tried to do to people who weren’t,’ Clinton said.

The former president added that with time, cancel culture shifted to liberals canceling people on the right.

Clinton said he believes that criticism, which he is more open to listening to, works better than canceling those you oppose.

‘Then it became tempting when the demographics changed just to go the other way, but I think if you listen to our book, criticism works better than canceling because I always listen to my critics.’ 

Clinton did not specify when Republicans tried to cancel him but the former president was impeached by a Republican-controlled House in 1998 following his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. 

Hillary (pictured) accessorised her ensemble with nude pointed heels and wore her recognisable dark frames as she flashed a huge grin while enjoying her meal

Hillary (pictured) accessorised her ensemble with nude pointed heels and wore her recognisable dark frames as she flashed a huge grin while enjoying her meal

Hillary (pictured) accessorised her ensemble with nude pointed heels and wore her recognisable dark frames as she flashed a huge grin while enjoying her meal

The couple did not let his comments hitting headlines earlier in the day affect their meal, as they were seen smiling while arriving at the restaurant

The couple did not let his comments hitting headlines earlier in the day affect their meal, as they were seen smiling while arriving at the restaurant

The couple did not let his comments hitting headlines earlier in the day affect their meal, as they were seen smiling and chatting with their friends

The couple did not let his comments hitting headlines earlier in the day affect their meal, as they were seen smiling and chatting with their friends

The couple did not let his comments hitting headlines earlier in the day affect their meal, as they were seen smiling and chatting with their friends

The outing (pictured) comes after former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday morning that cancel culture was started by Republicans before it was adopted by liberals

The outing (pictured) comes after former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday morning that cancel culture was started by Republicans before it was adopted by liberals

The outing (pictured) comes after former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday morning that cancel culture was started by Republicans before it was adopted by liberals

The highly publicized sex scandal between then 49-year-old Clinton and the 22-year-old White House intern dominated headlines in 1998. 

The sexual relationship between the two lasted between 1995 and 1997.

After an inquiry between October and December 1998, President Clinton was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 19, 1998; the articles of impeachment charged him with perjury and obstruction of justice.

Over the past few years many right-wing conservatives have developed the view that ‘cancel culture’ is a form of harassment intended to silence anyone who goes against what is considered ‘woke politics,’ Vox reported. 

‘Cancel culture’ has recently become a social-media trend that places celebrities, companies and media alike under a microscope of political correctness, the New York Post reported. 

Many have criticized the movement, claiming it is too rigid and does not allow for meaningful engagement.  

In his interview Clinton also revealed that when he left office he had ‘more nightmares on what could happen’ to his country but said it’s ‘foolish wishing you can do something you can’t do anymore.’ 

He appeared on ITV's Lorraine on Wednesday with author James Patterson and discussed cancel culture, which he says was started by Republicans who tried to cancel anyone who was not of the same mindset

He appeared on ITV's Lorraine on Wednesday with author James Patterson and discussed cancel culture, which he says was started by Republicans who tried to cancel anyone who was not of the same mindset

He appeared on ITV’s Lorraine on Wednesday with author James Patterson and discussed cancel culture, which he says was started by Republicans who tried to cancel anyone who was not of the same mindset

Clinton did not specify when Republicans tried to cancel him but the former president was impeached by a Republican-controlled House in 1998 following his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky

Clinton did not specify when Republicans tried to cancel him but the former president was impeached by a Republican-controlled House in 1998 following his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky

Clinton did not specify when Republicans tried to cancel him but the former president was impeached by a Republican-controlled House in 1998 following his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky

‘After I left office, when I had more free time, I had more nightmares thinking about what else could go wrong with our country,’ explained Bill Clinton. ‘I occasionally have them now but not so much as before.’ 

‘By and large, I’ve been really happy. I think it’s a foolish thing to spend a day wishing you could do something you can’t do any more. 

‘I made a promise to myself when I was president, I wouldn’t do that. It’s been an eventual 20 years since I left office, I’ve been very fortunate because under President Bush and President Obama, I’ve been given a lot of chances to help.

He continued: ‘I’m happy for President Biden because I think he’s fortunate to be serving at a time when the challenges meet his skill set.’

Clinton also added he pays attention to his critics, including his wife Hillary. 

‘I always pay attention to her criticism it’s how I survived the last 45 years,’ Clinton joked.

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