After movie mogul and Democratic donor Harey Weinstein was ousted from his own Weinstein Company last week, many Republicans engaged in “whataboutism,” slamming Democrats for their support from and to the shamed producer.
The first irony here being that almost immediately most Democrats admitted they don’t condone his actions, and the second irony being that our popular vote losing, accused serial sexual criminal himself, President Donald Trump, took to Twitter to weigh in on the issue, saying he wasn’t surprised because he has met Weinstein before.
Here’s the problem with Republicans using this to blast Democrats – it’s hypocrisy:
Former Clinton Sec. of Labor and current Resistance leader Robert Reich weighed in on the issue:
“Trump has weighed in on the scandal engulfing movie mogul and Democratic funder Harvey Weinstein, accused by multiple women of sexual harassment (today Weinstein was fired from his company). “I’ve know Harvey Weinstein a long time. I’m not at all surprised to see it,” Trump said.
Trump was then asked by CNN’s Elizabeth’s Landers how Weinstein’s conduct differed from the conduct Trump bragged about on the “Access Hollywood” tape where he said “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” Trump responded that the tape was just “locker-room talk.” But at least 15 women have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment and assault, and People Magazine Natasha Stoynoff has six independent witnesses to back up her allegation that Trump “pushed her against a wall, shoved his tongue in her mouth, and told her they were going to have an affair.”
The Trump administration’s Education Department has moved to make it harder for women at universities to prove sexual harassment. Trump’s Health and Human Services Department has made it harder for women to get contraceptives. Trump has nominated 32 men and just one woman to become U.S. Attorneys. Trump’s 2018 budget calls for a 93 percent cut in funding for federal programs that aid survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Trump and Weinstein are both sexual harassers. But Trump is also president of the United States. That makes him even more dangerous to women. Your thoughts?”
Also, next time you’re in a mind-numbingly stupid argument with Trump supporter and they want to bring up the sexual ethics of Harvey Weinstein, or Bill Clinton, or anyone else on earth really, here’s a running list of the multitude of women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.