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Clinton Finally Breaks Her Silence On Weinstein Scandal

As the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein has broken over the past few days, the silence has been absolutely deafening from some corners. In addition to being a Hollywood mega-mogul, Weinstein is a bigwig in Democratic circles that’s not shy about throwing cash around when candidates come calling for donations. While some Democrats quickly stepped up the plate and pledged to return the donations and denounce his actions, other notable names remained remarkably silent.

One of the biggest of those names was former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. As Fox News shares, Clinton has finally released a statement to denounce the disgraced mogul.

“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” a statement read in part. “The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”

That’s great and all, but what took her so long to do so? That’s among the many questions that are swirling around, and similar answers keep popping up from those that play the speculation game.

“But until now, Clinton had remained silent about Weinstein, a friend who had donated thousands to her political campaigns over the years, even as some Democratic lawmakers said they would return or give Weinstein donations to charity,” Fox reports. “Weinstein contributed $46,350 to Clinton during her presidential candidacy, as well as to HILLPAC, a committee Clinton used to support other Democrats while she was a senator, according to The Associated Press. Weinstein also has made massive donations to the Clinton Foundation. The foundation says on its official website that Weinstein gave in the range of $100,001 to $250,000 through June 2017.”

But is it really as simple as following the money to figure out why Clinton took so much time denouncing him? No one knows for sure, and there has also been some speculation that she took her time because her own husband, former President Bill Clinton, has had his reputation sullied by similar accusations through the years. How can she denounce someone so publicly when the allegations that have surrounded her husband have been summarily dismissed?

Critics have been quick to pounce on Clinton’s lack of response on the matter, especially considering the fact that she’s quick on the trigger for other major stories and to promote her book.

“Where’s Hillary Clinton? Where’s she standing on this issue? She’s been silent. Her silence is deafening,” asked Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel during an appearance on CNN.

Regardless of Clinton’s response - or the fact that it took her an inordinate amount of time to release one - the fact remains that there are some serious allegations swirling about that point to a pattern of incredibly awful behavior from Weinstein. Reports that he has reached settlements with at least eight women on sexual harassment claims have grown to include allegations of rape. We have no idea how this story is going to evolve, but it certainly sounds like it’s going to get a whole lot bigger.

Source: Fox News
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