This week, America learned that Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein is, in all probability, a sexual predator.
Weinstein has been a major donor to Democratic causes for years, including both the Senate and presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton. In fact, he's donated over twenty-two thousand dollars to Clinton's political pursuits.
It took five days for Clinton speak up about her friend being a predator.
When she did, she was more critical of his behavior than she was of him personally:
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 stop this kind of behavior.
Under significant scrutiny for her relationship with Weinstein, Hillary made an appearance on CNN Wednesday evening.
When questioned about the news of her longtime friend by Fareed Zakaria, she responded:
“I was sick, I was shocked, I was appalled. It was something that just was intolerable in every way. And you know like so many people who have come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past.”
Clinton said that the behavior Weinstein was engaged in cannot be overlooked. She also claimed that she didn't know he was ever involved in such lewd activities.
Then the woman who took five days to say something about the sickening news called on others to adopt a policy of intolerance towards such things.
Zakaria dropped the hammer, asking Hillary if she intended to give back her campaign donations from Weinstein — as a number of others have since learning of Weinstein's actions.
“Well, there's no one to give it back to. What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying is that they are going to donate it to charity.”
Hillary continued with a laugh. “And of course, I will do that, I give ten percent of my income to charity every year. This will be part of that, there's no — there's no doubt about it.”
Former President Bill Clinton also received donations from Weinstein, but has yet to make a statement of his own — or even to retweet his wife's. We can only hope that he plans to give the money to a “noble cause” as well.
You can watch Hillary's comments in the video below.
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