Donald Trump probably shouldn't wade into debates about accused sexual predators.
On CNN’s State of the Union, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm ripped Donald Trump for calling accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein’s behavior inappropriate, saying: “It takes one to know one.”
Granholm made the comments a day after Trump weighed in on the scandal surrounding Weinstein, a Hollywood producer accused of sexual harassment by numerous women, allegations which were first made public Thursday by the New York Times.
Saturday, Trump took a swipe at Weinstein, saying he “wasn’t surprised” to learn about the sexual misconduct allegations.
“I’ve know Harvey Weinstein a long time,” Trump said. “I’m not at all surprised to see it.”
The timing was notable: Trump’s comments came exactly one year after the release of the infamous Access Hollywood video in which Trump bragged about forcing himself on women.
“That’s locker room. That’s just locker room,” Trump said about his own behavior, right after calling Weinstein’s behavior inappropriate.
Asked about the comments by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Granholm slammed Trump for having the gall to criticize Weinstein while shrugging off his own history of sexual misconduct allegations.
“This is ridiculous,” Granholm said. “It takes one to know one, let’s just say that.”
Granholm continued: “It’s somewhat ironic that Republicans are ginning up all of this stuff about Harvey Weinstein [when] the president himself has been accused of sexual abuse or sexual harassment fifteen times.”
Republicans have pounced on the allegations against Weinstein, suddenly deciding that sexual harassment is bad when the accused is a Democratic donor.
Displaying a stunning lack of self-awareness, the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Thursday called on Democrats to return campaign donations from Weinstein, but made no mention of the GOP’s continued support for an accused sexual predator in the White House.
Trump himself has a history of defending accused sexual predators, including former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
Last July, Trump jumped to the defense of Ailes, calling the decades of accusations against him “unfounded.” More recently, when it was revealed that Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox had paid $13 million in settlements to women who accused O’Reilly of sexual misconduct, Trump called O’Reilly a “good person” and said he didn’t think he did anything wrong.
Apparently in the ‘party of family values’, sexual misconduct is perfectly acceptable — as long as the accused sexual predator is one of their own.