Hillary Clinton says Harvey Weinstein is like Donald Trump
The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations have been used as cynical political fuel in recent weeks. Conservatives have been tripping over themselves to condemn Weinstein and all of Hollywood, while meanwhile President Trump has also been accused by at least fifteen women of sexual assault over the years. Conversely, liberals have been condemning Weinstein as if he has had nothing to do with them, while the rape allegations were an "open secret" in liberal Hollywood for around 30 years.
What do we make of this? Is everyone simply guilty? In a way, yes. If it came out tomorrow that a major Democratic politician had been groping women for decades, the same political cycle would unfold tenfold. Conservatives would refuse to indict Trump for his crimes, and dog pile on the liberal politician. His fellow liberals would pretend that they "didn't know", incredulously, blindsided as usual by everything they don't want to admit.
Hillary Clinton is the most recent politician to make political hay of the Weinstein allegations. And she's half-right. Clinton, on a British talk show last Sunday, said: “After all, we have someone admitting to being a sexual assaulter in the Oval Office."
The ploy is simple - defect from Weinstein onto Trump. The point she is making is half-true, but the motivation for it is obvious. Clinton had deep ties to Weinstein, and her statement condemning him was not exactly heartfelt:
The statement is brief and generic, not quite what you would expect from a 'feminist icon' decrying the decades-long sexual assault carried out by a close friend and multi-million-dollar donor to her political party.
The problem is this - as Anthony Bourdain said: “Know what Hillary Clinton is NOT? She’s not stupid. Or unsophisticated about the world. The Weinstein stories had been out there for years."
Anthony Bourdain was one of the loudest voices on social media criticizing Clinton's weak statement, and following interview:
And of course, there's Hillary's husband, Bill Clinton. The elephant in the room is this - Bill was allegedly raping and groping women while Hillary covered for him and shamed his victims into silence, according to Juanita Broaddrick and the long line of women Donald Trump cynically brought forth in late 2016 to stifle the rumors of sexual misconduct leveled against him.
By now, this much should be obvious:
Both hyper-masculine, 'problematic' men and pretend feminist allies have committed sexual assaults, and these assaults are used politically and cynically to justify the opposite political party, even if they are also guilty of the same crimes.
Throwing stones at glass houses is what happens every time these sexual assault rumors emerge. No one cares on a moral level, it is only for political benefit that people choose to brush over or intensely highlight any individual's misconduct.
Can we do better? Well, when it comes to people like Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, entire political legacies live or die by their reputations. Democrats will ignore the allegations against Bill Clinton, and Republicans those against Trump. Can it be any other way? Well, if you have a solution to end partisanship in America, be my guest. Just don't hold your breath.