Twice-failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has yet to comment on the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Early on Tuesday morning, CNN anchor Erin Burnett noted Clinton’s silence, in a tweet accusing Clinton of giving him a “pass” while holding women accountable for not putting her in the White House.
Producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company Sunday, another link in a chain of events stemming from accusations of sexual harassment in a New York Times report. Other developments have included the resignation of his legal adviser, Lisa Bloom; demands for his resignation; a tongue lashing from Meryl Streep; allegations of a cover-up, and a leaked email containing Weinstein’s desperate plea to his board for a second chance.
As Weinstein’s career is spiraling into a tailspin, Democratic ties to Weinstein have been noted, as he contributed heavily to the Party. Tawdry tales of Weinstein’s misdeeds surface daily, yet Clinton continues to be silent about a man who was a major supporter of hers.
With the former Democratic presidential candidate declaring herself a champion of women’s rights, many have wondered when, and if, she would speak out about the allegations.
It didn’t happen during the 90 minutes of remarks she made at UC Davis on Monday night. As CNN’s Burnett noted, Clinton never addressed Weinstein.
Burnett’s tweet read: “HRC spoke for 90 mins last nite, didn’t mention Harvey Weinstein. She won’t give women a “pass” for not voting for her, but she gave him one.”
HRC spoke for 90 mins last nite, didn’t mention Harvey Weinstein.She won’t give women a “pass” for not voting for her, but she gave him one.
— Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) October 10, 2017
The reference is to Clinton’s resentment of women who apologized to her for not voting for her last year. Clinton said she could offer no kind words for such an offense.
In her book, “What Happened,” detailing the excuses for her loss, she comes off as contrived for failing to reach the presidency again. Clinton writes, “You abdicated your responsibility as a citizen at the worst possible time! And now you want me to make you feel better?”
Then, in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, he asked Clinton what she said to women “wanting absolution” for not voting for her.
“That’s happened to me,” Clinton said. “What’s more common are people bursting into tears, welling up. I had a lot of that at my book signing yesterday.”
“Do you give absolution to women who didn’t vote?” Cooper inquired.
“No, I don’t,” Clinton replied, explaining that she finds it “hard” to offer comfort to such women.
Another CNN reporter, Oliver Darcy, said he’s asked Clinton to comment about Weinstein. So far, he reports, he’s only received “total silence” in response.
I have asked Hillary Clinton’s spox over last few days about Harvey Weinstein.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 9, 2017
A CNN article attached to Darcy’s tweet is titled “As Democrats denounce Weinstein, Clintons and Obama stay mum,” and includes a picture of Clinton and Weinstein looking very comfortable in each other’s presence.
Michelle Obama praised Weinstein in 2013, with the former first lady saying he is a “wonderful human being.”
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