Despite her ties to now-disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Hillary Clinton has taken credit for “accelerating” the #MeToo movement… except, I don’t remember her really being involved… anyway.
The comments were caught on video during the Manhattan women’s club The Wing on Tuesday night — there, she also continued her “Why I lost” campaign…
Someone at the talk asked: ‘In an alternative reality, if you were president today in 2018, do you think the #MeToo movement would’ve still happened?’
‘I believe that it was a wave that was building and building and building,’ Clinton responded in remarks caught on video. ‘I think my losing probably accelerated that wave, but the wave was coming.’
As reported by Daily Mail:
Clinton went on to discuss a referendum in Ireland to legalize abortions, which is scheduled for May 25 in the heavily Catholic country.
‘This is not just an American phenomenon, this is a global one. So yeah, I think it definitely would have happened,’ she said.
The flood of allegations against Weinstein in October 2017 triggered the #MeToo backlash against sexual misconduct in Hollywood and US society at large. Clinton has long been close to Weinstein, appearing with him at movie premiers and relying on him for campaign cash.
Just days after her loss in the 2016 election, Clinton dined with Weinstein at Rao’s restaurant in Harlem, and was planning a TV documentary about the campaign with him until allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him, the New York Times reported.
Weinstein’s relationship with the Clinton family dates back decades – he donated $10,000 to Bill Clinton’s legal fund when, as president, he faced impeachment in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Weinstein continued to be a prodigious fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, and had close ties to her campaign even after actress Lena Dunham and magazine editor Tina Brown warned Clinton aides about his treatment of woman, according to the Times.
In other remarks at Tuesday’s event, Clinton revealed she believes things will only get worse in the US if Donald Trump remains president.
Clinton urged her audience to vote in the midterms because ‘I don’t think we’ve seen the bottom yet’.
‘You can march from now until doomsday, but if you don’t elect people who agree with you nothing will change,’ she said.