It took former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton five whole days to finally condemn movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, her longtime friend and donor, over allegations of sexual harassment made against him. Some Democrats are taking this as a sign of betrayal.
Writing in the Washington Examiner, longtime Democrat Capri Cafaro expressed deep sorrow that Hillary took so long to denounce Harvey Weinstein, calling her actions a dealbreaker.
I have always been proud to be a Democrat because of the way members of my party fought to bring a voice to the voiceless and to prioritize the needs of the vulnerable. Needless to say, I am more than disappointed it took five days for Hillary Clinton to make any public statement in the wake of the sexual assault allegations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
As Democrats, we pride ourselves on striving for equity in all aspects of life. We fight for reproductive freedom, equal pay for equal work, affordable childcare, and family leave. We fight for victims. Victims like those exploited by Weinstein regardless of the social status of either the victim or the perp. I still believe these are core values defining Democrats today. So it made me wonder why Hillary Clinton, who campaigned touting her life's work as protecting women and families, waited almost a week to say anything about Weinstein's alleged conduct.
Cafaro then noted that former Vice President Joe Biden, who also had a friendly relationship with the movie mogul, still has said nothing on the Weinstein scandal, even collaborating on his company's documentary The Hunting Ground, which explored sexual assualt on college campuses. Some people may recall the vice president's appearance during the 2016 Oscars where he helped to promote the film. Cafaro wrote:
Furthermore, we still have yet to hear from Joe Biden, who authored the Violence Against Women Act and championed combating campus sexual assault. Maybe they bought into Weinstein's public brand as a progressive champion of women, a brand Weinstein built through giving to organizations such as Planned Parenthood or backing a film about the perils of campus sexual assault. Maybe its because Weinstein raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and bundled contributions for the Obama-Biden ticket.
I have too much respect for Clinton and Biden to believe they are saying little or nothing about Weinstein just because of his contributions to campaigns past. After all, both Clinton and Biden are out of office and unlikely to run for office again.
However, every passing day without comment raises questions about these Democrats' commitment to standing up for women when there is no longer a political purpose to do so. This especially goes for Clinton, who waged a presidential campaign based on being a champion for women.
While many A-list celebrities and Weinstein collaborators have come out of the woodwork to condemn his behavior, all of whom have denied ever knowing of the allegations, there have been some holdouts. As of now, directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, who both got their start with Weinstein, have remained silent.