Claim: Monica Lewinsky proclaimed she would be voting Republican because 'the Democrats left a bad taste in my mouth.'
Origin:An old anecdote about Monica Lewinsky's registering or voting Republican because the Democrats left a bad taste in her mouth is just a joke, meant to provoke a guffaw over what was supposed to be an ill-conceived remark that could be taken two ways. Her escapades in the Oval Office have fated her to be forever the butt of jokes about fellatio, and this specious quote is just another instance of the phenomenon.
This fabricated bon mot surfaced in 1998, back when Monica was still trying to retain some shred of dignity and protect President Clinton by maintaining she "never had a sexual relationship with the president," an extremely unlikely time for her to have been spouting off against Democrats. Moreover, despite the media feeding frenzy that accompanied the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, this "quote" didn't appear in a single news report of the time. Had Monica Lewinsky uttered such a thing, it would have been splashed about in newspapers across the nation and would have provided endless fodder for the talk radio hosts and morning DJs and nightly talk show monologues.
The resurgence of this joke in
Yet another part of the reason behind this quote's appearance in
The quote resurfaced again in March 2015 after Monica Lewinsky headlined the
This is not the first time Presidential mistress Monica Lewinsky has had an apocryphal (fellative) quote attributed to her. In 2000, the rumor of the moment was a comment she'd supposedly made during a CNN interview with Larry King about her becoming a Jenny Craig spokesperson: "I've learned not to put things in my mouth that are bad for me."
Last updated: 28 July 2016
Originally published: 07 June 2003