During her failed presidential campaign last year, Hillary Clinton claimed to be a “warrior for women” who would always support victims of sexual harassment and assault. That’s why it came as bad news to her when her close personal friend and top donor Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood mogul, was accused of raping and sexually harassing several actresses.
Clinton found herself in hot water after she refused to respond to the scandal after a whopping five days. Daily Mail reported that on Tuesday, Clinton finally released a statement about Weinstein, but she seems to have only dug her own hole even deeper.
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Clinton said in a statement released by her press secretary Nick Merrill. “The behavior described by the women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”
Statement from Secretary Clinton on Harvey Weinstein: pic.twitter.com/L1l2wl9l0I
— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) October 10, 2017
Clinton did not mention the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of personal donations she received from Weinstein, indicating that she has no intention of giving the money back. She has already gotten backlash on Twitter for not releasing the statement herself and instead doing it through Merrill.
I admire Hillary Clinton’s courage to have her press sec. tweet that out instead of herself.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 10, 2017
How about putting this statement out from @HillaryClinton instead of her comm director.
— heroComplex (@heroComplex) October 10, 2017
Has anyone heard Crooked @HillaryClinton say she’ll return the $250,000 serial Pervert Harvey Weinstein donated to the Clinton Foundation?
— ConserValidity (@ConserValidity) October 10, 2017