Hillary Clinton said Tuesday night that her loss in the 2016 presidential election pushed forward the #MeToo movement. Critics quickly pounced, saying she was glossing over her husband’s behavior and her fundraising connections to disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Clinton’s comments were captured on video during her talk at the New York City women’s social club The Wing, and several clips of her remarks were shared in social media.
Footage shows an audience member asking the question, “In an alternative reality, if you were president today in 2018, do you think the #MeToo movement would’ve still happened?”
Clinton then answers, “I believe that it was a wave that was building and building and building. I think my losing probably accelerated that wave, but the wave was coming.”
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One Twitter user suggests there’s hypocrisy in Clinton’s claim, writing, “And her husband one of the most known sexual abusers in history. Funny how Hillary always skates by that reality.”
Others on Twitter responded by posting images of Clinton and Weinstein posing together through the years.
Former Alaska Governor and outspoken conservative Sarah Palin also chimed in to the conversation by writing a blog post on Clinton’s comments and highlighting her “close ties to the disgraced Hollywood producer.”
Weinstein is a Democrat who helped raise money for both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns. The New York Times reported that in 2016, “The writer and actress Lena Dunham warned Clinton aides about Mr. Weinstein.”
Dunham told the Times, “She was troubled by the producer’s visible presence during Mrs. Clinton’s presidential run, hosting fund-raisers and appearing at campaign events. She had heard stories, both directly and secondhand from other actresses, about disturbing encounters with him.”
More than 80 women have come forward with allegations that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them in years past. The former film producer was dismissed from his role as CEO of entertainment company Miramax and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
While many criticized Clinton’s comment on the #MeToo movement on Twitter, others also left positive remarks regarding her talk at the New York Club.
One Twitter user wrote, “Watching your speech yesterday @the_wing was very inspiring. When you pointed out that, ‘we haven’t seen the worst yet’, I asked myself how bad can it get? It’s frightening. We need you more than ever.”