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Trump's family and friends really want to tie Harvey Weinstein to Democrats

Republicans are up in arms that Democrats have not censured Weinstein, despite Trump being accused of same behavior


Taylor Link
October 7, 2017 6:55PM (UTC)

Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment scandal has proved to be an albatross for Democrats. The famed Hollywood producer has been a big donor for the Democratic Party, and members of the press are quick to remind liberals of it.

President Trump's associates and supporters have been reveling in the scandal. Because Democrats have yet to hang Weinstein in effigy, they argue his behavior is an indictment on the entire party. Donald Trump Jr. has been the loudest provocateur in this story.

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Even former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has derided Democrats in wake of the scandal.

This should be a righteous campaign for Republicans — criticizing sexual harassers is an appropriate response. Except this venture was tainted at the outset.

The president of the U.S.  — Jr.'s father and Spicer's old boss — was caught on tape bragging about assaulting women. Like Weinstein, Trump has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct. Unlike Weinstein, Trump is the leader of one of the two major political parties in this country. He won the election in part because Republicans failed to condemn his vile behavior.

As a result, this endeavor to paint Democrats as hypocrites is ignorant at best, disingenuous at worst.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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