Hillary On CNN: Weinstein Scandal Is A 'Wake Up Call'

"I was just sick. I was shocked. I was appalled."

Like every celebrity in Hollywood who hung around movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is also claiming dumbfounded ignorance regarding the "open secret" about his alleged habitual sexual harassment of women.

Weinstein has long been a great friend to the Clintons and the Obamas, regularly holding fundraisers and donating big dollars to their campaigns. His relationship with both candidates would even include giving Malia Obama a special internship with his company.

Speaking with CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Wednesday, Hillary said she felt "sick" after hearing of the allegations.

"I was just sick. I was shocked. I was appalled," she exclaimed. "It was something that was just intolerable in every way. Like so many people who have come forward and spoken out, this was a different side to a person that I and many others had known in the past."

Fareed Zakaria asked Hillary no questions regarding her husband's allegations of sexual harassment, nor did he ask her about her own role in allegedly backing her husband as women came forward to accuse him.

Hillary also said she considered Weinstein a friend who was liked by many people.

"People in Democratic politics for many decades appreciated his help and support," she said. "I think these stories coming to light now, and people who never spoke out before having the courage to speak out, just clearly demonstrates that this behavior he engaged in cannot be tolerated and cannot be overlooked."

When Zakaria asked if Weinstein got away with it because people looked the other way, Hillary claimed to have no part in it.

"Well, I certainly didn’t and I don’t know who did," she said.

Hillary called this moment a "wake up call" regarding sexual harassment. When asked if she will return Weinstein's campaign money, she said the money will go to charity.

"What other people are saying, what my fellow colleagues are saying, is that they’re going to donate it to charity and of course I will do that," she said.

Clinton came under fire, even by many on the Left, for having remained silent for so long after The New York Times bombshell about Weinstein dropped last Thursday. When she finally commented on it, she issued a bare-bones and general statement saying she was "shocked and appalled" by the revelations and that the "behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated."


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