After staying silent for days since Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was exposed for countless acts of sexual abuse against famous actresses, the Obamas have finally spoken out against their friend and financial donor.
“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories. And we all need to build a culture — including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect — so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future.”
Fox News tweeted out the following image attached to its story, showing a very happy Weinstein behind the former first lady. And hey, look! There’s Whoopi Goldberg!
Weinstein’s career has come to a crashing end, leaving behind a wake of used and abused women. But this is just one of many powerful men and women in Hollywood who take advantage of hopeful actors and actresses. And like Weinstein, they are typically big Democratic donors.
In fact, Weinstein raised big money for his friends, according to Fox News:
The producer -- using his connections to the wealthy Hollywood and New York elite -- gave or helped raise more than $100,000 for Barack Obama and the Clintons since at least 1995, according to OpenSecrets.org. Roughly half of that went to Hillary Clinton's presidential and Senate campaigns, including a political committee she used to support other Democrats and a joint fund with the DNC in 2016.
In total, Weinstein gave or helped raise -- or “bundle” -- $1.5 million for Democratic candidates over that time, according to Open Secrets, the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics’ website that tracks campaign finance.
That’s probably why Mrs. Obama once called Weinstein a “wonderful human being” and “a good friend.” That is, before he was charged with raping at least three women and harassing countless others as they continue to come forward. But remember, nobody knew any of this was happening.