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Hillary Clinton added to a bewildering week of silence on disgraced alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein by attempting to shield the Hollywood mogul in an interview.
Weinstein, the once-titanic Hollywood figure, is in a crushing tailspin of his own making. Thirty-four women have said they were victims of the serial sexual predator, per Vanity Fair. Some have alleged rape, many more have alleged abuse.
Clinton, who was the recipient of a great deal of Weinstein political donations, remained deafeningly silent on the allegations for five days. Ultimately, Clinton released a statement on her long-time campaign donor.
Clinton was finally asked on camera about the incident in a recent interview with BBC. Clinton initially seemed to condemn Weinstein before swinging directly at President Donald Trump:
“This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated anywhere, whether it's in entertainment, politics. After all, we have someone admitting to being a sexual assaulter in the Oval Office.”
The interviewer immediately noted that Hillary’s husband, Bill, was accused of sexual assault as president. Clinton’s double standards on the issue became clear in her answer:
“That had all been litigated. That was the subject of a huge investigation in the late 90s and there were conclusions drawn. That was clearly in the past.”
The “in the past” must ring hollow for many of Bill Clinton’s still-seething victims, who were a prominent part of the 2016 campaign.
You can watch part of Clinton's interview below, via BBC.
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