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October 11 2017

What Happened (with Harvey), Hillary?

by Julie Gunlock

Self-declared feminists and warrior for women Hillary Clinton waited almost a full week to issue a milquetoast statement about serial sexual harasser and now alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein. Releasing a statement through her spokesman, it read:

I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein...The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.

So what took Hillary so long? Perhaps she was busy hiking? Maybe she was busy trying to figure out ways to avoid talking to Bill. Maybe she was desperately trying to get people to take her calls? Maybe she just got distracted by all those classified emails she needs Huma to print on her home printer...who knows. 

Whatever the reason, her silence was noticed even by her longtime aids, which, as CNN reports, have been questioning (in private, naturally) why she has not weighed in sooner.

But CNN offers a clue to her silence, reporting that Weinstein has long been a Clinton donor (to the tune of $1.5 million) and friend to the family. The relationship goes back to the 1990s when Weinstein--clearly seeing a kindred spirit in fellow sexual harasser, Bill Clinton--donated to the then-President's legal defense fund. The Post also reports that the Clintons and the Weinsteins were neighbors in the Hamptons and that Weinstein helped promote Hillary in Hollywood during the 2016 campaign, including hosting multiple fundraisers during the campaign.

Hillary famously blamed sexism and misogyny for her campaign defeat and suggested in her book "What Happened" that women who voted for Trump "caved" to male pressure. Perhaps Hillary should take a little more time to examine her own life decisions and the men she's long supported and taken money from, before tossing out theories on why Americans didn't want her as Commander and Chief.  

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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