RNC Tore Into Dems Over Harvey Weinstein — Now It Has a Responsibility to Act on Steve Wynn

| JAN 27, 2018 | 9:02 PM

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Morality is no respecter of politics.

It was the fall of 2017. Whispers of accusations against now-disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein were just starting to swirl. Then the dam broke, and hundreds of accusations of sexual misconduct drowned out every other headline across the country.

The Republicans, rightly so, demanded Democrats distance themselves from Weinstein, a longtime party donor, even calling on their liberal counterparts to return any cash donated by the movie mogul. Though it took a while, ultimately, many Democrats did just that.

Now it’s the winter of 2018. And this time, it’s the Republicans' turn.

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal published a story about casino magnate and real estate developer Steve Wynn, who was recently appointed finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. He resigned Saturday, according to Politico.

The reporters who wrote the article, which details numerous instances of sexual misconduct, said they reached out to more than 150 individuals who have — at one time or another — worked for Wynn. The GOP donor has called the claims against him “preposterous” and the work of ex-wife, Elaine Wynn, with whom he's negotiating a divorce settlement.

One alleged incident involved Wynn pressuring a manicurist into having sex with him at his Las Vegas casino in 2005. The impresario later paid a $7.5 million settlement over the allegation.

Yet despite the Journal's story, the RNC has remained silent on the content of the allegations, as if pretending the (allegedly) sexually perverse elephant in the room will somehow disappear, leaving the party untarnished.

That's not how this works. Remember: Morality is no respecter of politics.

The Republicans set the bar when they called out Weinstein and demanded the left take action to rebuke the Hollywood icon. Now the GOP has to meet its own standard — one that, quite frankly, shouldn't be hard to meet.

It should be noted there are some differences in Weinstein's and Wynn's situations. For example, Wynn, until Saturday afternoon, held an actual position within the RNC — Weinstein was simply a longtime donor who certainly had influence but didn't have an official post. In addition, while 150 people have been interviewed by the Journal regarding Wynn, several stories were published on Weinstein by the time the Democrats finally started condemning the 65-year-old producer.

In any event, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel or other GOP lawmakers — at the local, state, and national level — could, at the very least, condemn the allegations found in the report.

But aside from an acceptance of Steve Wynn's resignation, the GOP has remained silent, and it's becoming more deafening by the hour.

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