Let’s just get this out of the way: Harvey Weinstein’s a disgusting creep who probably deserves a tiny room inside of some sort of government-run facility.
That said, this scandal has put on display the unprecedented hypocrisy of Donald Trump and his supporters. Of all the people who’ve expressed disgust or outrage over these allegations against Weinstein, Trump and those who defend him are the last people on Earth who should be saying anything.
Donald Trump is someone who was caught on video bragging about being a sexual predator. During that exchange with Billy Bush, he showed the same type of attitude toward women which Weinstein allegedly has had throughout his career:
I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women] — just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pu**y. You can do anything.
Those are Trump’s own words from the Access Hollywood video.
To this day he still continues to dismiss his comments as “locker room talk.” However, I don’t see anything different from the attitude Trump displayed during his shameful bragging about being a sexual predator, and the way Weinstein has treated women throughout his career.
Weinstein’s lawyers have called most of the allegations against him “patently false.”
Donald Trump’s been accused by at least 15 women of sexual assault and/or harrassment. During his divorce from his first wife Ivana, she claimed, under oath, that he violently sexually assaulted her during their marriage.
In 1992, when he was 46-years-old, Trump said of a 10-year-old girl he encountered in a mall, “I’m going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”
By the way, the video of him bragging about sexual assault, the 15 allegations from women who’ve said he has attacked or harassed them, the sworn testimony from his ex-wife alleging he violently assaulted her, the comments about the 10-year-old girl — they were all made public before last year’s election.
Yet nearly 63 million people voted for him anyway.
Most Trump supporters I talked to last year, and even today, think his comments in the video were just “locker room talk” and the women who’ve accused him of sexual assault were all lying.
“I think it’s a very sad situation. I’ve worked for Roger Ailes for 20 years. Best boss I’ve ever had. Straight shooter, always honest with me. I believe that — over the years, he’s been in the business for 50 years — 95% of the people who have worked for Roger Ailes would say exactly the same thing that I just told you.
“In this country, every famous, powerful or wealthy person is a target. You’re a target, I’m a target. Any time, somebody could come out and sue us, attack us, go the press or anything like that — and that’s a deplorable situation. I mean, I have to hire bodyguards, physical bodyguards.
“Until the United States adopts the English system of civil law, whereby if you file a frivolous lawsuit and you lose, the judge has a right to make you pay all court costs, until we adopt that very fair proposition, we’re going to have this out-of-control tabloid society that is tremendously destructive. I stand behind Roger 100 percent.”
After being forced out at Fox News after more allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, what was Ailes’ next job? Working for Donald Trump as a consultant for his campaign.
Where was the outrage from his supporters when Trump brought on as an advisor a man who was just dismissed in disgrace as CEO of Fox News for being a sexual predator? Where were the boycotts of the network led by a man for over 20 years who had used his position at Fox News to harass, bully, threaten, blackmail, intimidate, and abuse women?
That’s right, there weren’t any — Trump supporters couldn’t have cared less.
Just a few months later, O’Reilly was fired from Fox News after it was discovered he had settled at least five different lawsuits for roughly $13 million with women who had accused him of sexual harassment. For the record, at that time, Trump defended O’Reilly, saying he should have never settled any lawsuits with his accusers. Essentially, Trump accused these women of all being liars.
Oh, yeah, just a couple of months after O’Reilly was fired, prominent Fox News host Eric Bolling was also fired for — you guessed it — sexual harassment.
For those keeping up at home, here’s a tally of the estimated number of sexual harassment/assault allegations levied against these men, three major figures at Fox News and the current “President” of the United States:
- Roger Ailes: At least 7.
- Bill O’Reilly: 5 settlements, with a pending lawsuit filed by former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros.
- Eric Bolling: Sent unsolicited photos of male genitalia via text message to at least 3 different female network colleagues.
- Donald Trump: Was caught on video bragging about being a sexual predator and at least 15 women accused him of sexual harassment/assault, while his ex-wife testified, under oath, that he had violently assaulted her during their marriage.
For those who don’t feel like doing the math, in just over a year, that’s four men, all of them Republicans with one being the current “president,” who’ve been accused by roughly 30 different women of sexual harassment or assault.
Where’s the outrage from Trump supporters?
Not only have these men been accused of sexual misconduct, with many of these allegations being similar to what Weinstein’s been accused of, but Trump hired Ailes after he was fired and defended O’Reilly prior to his termination from Fox News, while Bolling, O’Reilly, and Ailes were all staunch supporters and defenders of Trump even after he was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment/assault.
Yet now Trump and his supporters want to go after Democrats because a donor to their party has been exposed as a disgusting sexual creep?
Here are a few tweets I’ve seen from these right-wing hypocrites:
The Weinstein scandal put Hollywood’s hypocrisy in broad daylight. RT if you agree the DNC should return his donations.
— GOP (@GOP) October 9, 2017
It took Hillary abt 5 minutes to blame NRA for madman's rampage, but 5 days to sorta-kinda blame Harvey Weinstein 4 his sexually assaults.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 10, 2017
Weird, Hillary has been really quiet about Harvey Weinstein. You would think she would be all Over this. #WhatHappened?
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 7, 2017
Whose side is Hillary Clinton on: Harvey Weinstein's or his victims?
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) October 7, 2017
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) October 11, 2017
Just to summarize those tweets, that’s the official Twitter accounts for:
- The Republican Party.
- Donald Trump’s two oldest sons.
- A top advisor to Trump and his former campaign manager.
- The head of the RNC.
By the way, despite what Eric Trump’s tweet claims, the DCCC is going to give all of the money Weinstein donated to the party to various women’s groups.
No matter how long this circus goes on, no matter how completely ridiculous these people prove themselves to be, I still never cease to be stunned by the ignorance and hypocrisy displayed by Trump and his supporters.
For these people to be pushing this Weinstein scandal against Democrats, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton while Donald Trump, a self-admitted sexual predator who’s been accused by multiple women of sexual assault/harassment, sits behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, while they defend every reprehensible and vile thing he says or does — it’s hypocrisy unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
Harvey Weinstein is a revolting parasite who should be shunned by society for his abhorrent treatment of women — but so is Donald Trump!
The difference is, when Democrats and liberals found out the truth about what a scumbag Weinstein was, the vast majority of them strongly condemned him and quickly began working to scrub any ties or links he has to the Democratic Party.
Whereas when the GOP and Trump supporters found out what a scumbag Trump was, the vast majority of them defended him, slandered and attacked his accusers, continued to support him, and voted for him as our country’s next “president.”