Hillary Clinton often portrays herself as the champion of women, and recently she did not hesitate to take credit for ‘accelerating’ the #MeToo movement, by losing the 2016 presidential election, despite her longtime friendship with Harvey Weinstein, the main villain in this movement, and being married to Bill.
Caught on camera, Clinton was speaking to the Manhattan women’s club called The Wing on Tuesday night, where she was still commenting on her presidential loss. One of the hosts 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. ‘I think my losing probably accelerated that wave, but the wave was coming.’
‘This is not just an American phenomenon, this is a global one. So yeah, I think it definitely would have happened,’ she said.
Via the Daily Mail: 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.
Clinton chimed on during the event about how if Trump remains president, things are only going to get worse in the US and she urged the women to vote in midterm 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.
A huge line of women formed around the block to watch Clinton, who was still wearing a cast after breaking her wrist in India, speak at the women-only social club. Clinton gave a wide-ranging talk to the crowd that discussed everything from Putin and Pizzagate to being ‘vilified’ by the president.
‘When you’ve been accused of everything like I have and you realize people actually believe it, it’s really depressing,’ she said. ‘I don’t want anyone to go through that. To be lied about and vilified is damaging to our body politic,’ Clinton added, reminding the audience of Trump’s ‘lock her up’ chants.
‘Trump still yells lock her up. Does he think I’m president? Someone also needs to tell Fox News they can’t impeach me, it doesn’t work that way with a private citizen.’
Clinton told the crowd that it was ‘very hard’ to watch Trump be president, but that she realized it couldn’t be ‘paralyzing’.
‘It’s worse than I thought it was going to be, and I thought it was going to be bad,’ she said, adding she ‘encouraged and admired the staying power of The Resistance’.