On Sunday’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, former. Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) said it is “ridiculous” that the Republican party and President Trump are “ginning up all this stuff” about Harvey Weinstein when the president has been accused of sexual abuse.
JAKE TAPPER, STATE OF THE UNION HOST: I want to change the subject quickly to Harvey Weinstein. President Trump was asked about Harvey Weinstein, that’s obviously the movie mogul who according to “The New York Times” has been sexually harassing women for decades. There were eight out of court settlements he paid.
The president was asked about his behavior and also about how it compares to the “Access Hollywood” tape. Take a listen.
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TRUMP: I have known Harvey Weinstein for a long time. I’m not at all surprised to see it.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE REPORTER: Were Harvey Weinstein’s sanctions inappropriate?
TRUMP: Well, he says they were inappropriate.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE REPORTER: A year ago, a video that came out that had you —
TRUMP: That’s locker room — that’s locker room.
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TAPPER: RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said on the Weinstein revelations to go after Hillary Clinton.
She tweeted, “Who’s side is Hillary Clinton on Harvey Weinstein’s or his victims?”
FMR GOV. JENNIFER GRANHOLM (D-MI): Ridiculous. This is ridiculous.
Let’s just talk about what the president just said. I mean, it takes one to know one. Let’s just say.
This guy — this is the president which — it is somewhat ironic that the Republicans are ginning up all of this stuff about Harvey Weinstein when the president himself has been accused of sexual harassment or sexual abuse 15 times. So — you know, including lawsuits. So come on.
HAM: Yes. The bottom line is these powerful guys are part of the same gross complex.
GRANHOLM: Including the president.
HAM: And it is problematic. And you can just say it’s problematic — that’s what I’m saying.
HAM: It is problematic and you can just say that without it actually being (INAUDIBLE) that. And I do think — like there is this open question about who speaks out about it and when. And like people who were close with him should speak out about it.
GRANHOLM: Yes. I agree with you on that. And I think it speaks to why we should have more women in positions of power. Amen to that.
TAPPER: Hey, we got a mostly woman panel here.
GRANHOLM: I appreciate that. Thanks, Jake. …read more