Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday to discuss a wide range of topics, from how she fell in love with husband Bill Clinton, the difficulty of attending Trump’s inauguration, what is going on with Sen. Lindsey Graham, and…lesbianism? Well, it was a Stern interview, after all.
“Contrary to what you may hear, I actually like men,” Clinton said while discussing a boyfriend she had prior to meeting Bill, whom she described as “really handsome,” and resembling a “Greek god,” reports NBC News.
“Raise your right hand. You’ve never had a lesbian affair?” Stern asked the former Secretary of State and First Lady.
“Never, never, never!” Clinton responded while laughing. “Never even been tempted, thank you very much.”
Co-host Robin Quivers noted that women who have “strong relationships” with one another often “cause suspicion,” to which Clinton said, “Everything we do can cause suspicion, apparently.”
Queer media journalist Trish Bendix told NBC she was “disappointed” by Clinton’s answer to the lesbian rumors, which have been floating around for years.
“It’s so frustrating when public figures like Hillary feel the need to dispel lesbian rumors in a way that equates lesbianism or queerness with salaciousness, and that’s ultimately what I dislike about the way she phrased it. Specifically the word ‘tempted.’ I think there’s a way to refute untrue ideas about one’s own identity without saying something damaging to others,” Bendix said.
In addition to affirming her heterosexuality, Clinton said she thinks it is a “fair question” to ask if Graham, who quickly flipped from Trump critic to Trump fanatic, has “sold his soul to the devil.”
Clinton also said attending Trump’s inauguration was “one of the hardest days of my life, to be honest,” and shared that former President George W. Bush leaned over to her after Trump’s speech and said, “Well that was some weird shit.”
She also told Stern she was disappointed that Sen. Bernie Sanders took as long as he did to endorse her for president after losing the primary to her, arguing that it hurt her chances politically and that she hopes “he doesn’t do it again to whoever gets the nomination,” implying he won’t win.
“Once is enough,” she said.
Clinton has been giving mixed messages as to whether she could jump in the 2020 race herself, but as the date nears for the first states to hold their elections it appears she will sit this one out.