Obama Speechwriter: Harvey Weinstein a “Horrible Piece of Sh*t” — “Every Dem Who Took Money From Him Should Give It Back”
Ouch! Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Obama blasted Harvey Weinstein on Twitter Friday, calling the embattled Hollywood producer a “horrible piece of shit,” and even demanded Democrats return his political contributions. Does that include his former boss, as well?
According to the Washington Examiner, Weinstein bundled $679,275 for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.
Favreau’s views on Weinstein came to light during an exchange with Fox News’ Stephen Miller.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 6, 2017
That was the description of her story, not his view, dude.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) October 6, 2017
Again you should think about reading actual news stories before you tweet things
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) October 6, 2017
Defending Harvey Weinstein? This really a hill you're gonna die on?
— Chet Laremy (@ChetLaremy) October 6, 2017
I think he's a horrible piece of shit and that every Dem who took money from him should give it back. Maybe read my tweets.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) October 6, 2017
The distancing of Democrats from Harvey Weinstein has officially begun. According to ABC News’ Ali Rogan, a spokesperson for Senator Cory Booker says the 2020 hopeful is donating $7800 from the embattled Hollywood producer to New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. More Democrats have followed suit, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The Boston Herald reports:
Two potential Democratic presidential candidates are distancing themselves from Harvey Weinstein in the wake of an explosive New York Times report that the movie mogul serially harassed women.
A spokesman for Cory Booker, the junior senator from New Jersey, said he is donating $7,800 that he received from Weinstein to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts’ senior senator and a darling of the progressive wing of the party, will donate $5,000 in contributions from Weinstein for her 2012 campaign to charity, a spokeswoman said.
Weinstein, the co-founder of the Weinstein Company, was a force in Democratic politics. He hosted fundraisers for Hillary Clinton’sWhite House bid and for President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.
Warren and Booker aren’t the only prominent Democrats to shun Weinstein’s contributions. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are all rerouting his donations to charity.
Weinstein is the subject of a devastating expose detailing decades of sexual harassment. Weinstein is one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest donors, having raised mega bucks for the failed Democratic presidential candidate.
Weinstein threw a fundraiser for Clinton back in June.
Hillary has yet to disavow Weinstein or return his financial contributions. The same goes for the Obamas.
Sometimes in life, there are things we wish could be taken back. Does former first lady Michelle Obama wish she had not gushed about Harvey Weinstein? According to Obama, the disgraced liberal producer is a “wonderful human being,” and not to mention a “good friend” of hers.
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) October 6, 2017
Per the White House archives from the 2013 event “Remarks by the First Lady at Careers in Film Symposium.”
MRS. OBAMA: Oh, I can tell. I want to start by thanking Harvey Weinstein for organizing this amazing day. (Applause.) Harvey. This is possible because of Harvey. He is a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse. And the fact that he and his team took the time to make this happen for all of you should say something not about me or about this place, but about you. Everybody — we are here because of you.
Variety provides additional context to the quote. The former first lady pointed to Weinstein as an inspiration to high schoolers.
Weinstein, who was at the White House on Thursday evening for a screening of his company’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” organized the event. Calling Weinstein “a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse,” Obama also shared the story of how he lost an eye when he was 10 years old while playing with some friends.
“But Harvey didn’t just sit around feeling sorry for himself,” she said. “He knocked on the door of a retired librarian who lived next door to him and asked for books. Now, for those of you who know Harvey, can you imagine a 10-year-old Harvey in conversation with a librarian?” The crowd laughed. “But from that moment on, Harvey developed a love of reading and a knack for finding good stories — a skill he has used every day for decades.”
Disgraced liberal Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is pulling a Hillary Clinton, branding NYT’s alleged sexual harassment report a “right-wing conspiracy.”
Daily Mail UK reports:
Harvey Weinstein believes the allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour against him are part of a right-wing ‘conspiracy’ to take him down, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The Hollywood mogul thinks that shadowy right wing forces are ‘out to get me’ and that he is being targeted for his liberal views.
In an echo of his close friend Hillary Clinton‘s notorious claim that ‘a vast right-wing conspiracy’ was out to get her and her husband, the Democratic supporter is making the claim to those around him – despite his admission
Weinstein believes a team of lawyers linked to conservative groups have been digging up dirt on him and that other prominent Democrat supporters will be attacked next.
Will She/they all Disavow? Embattled Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein Raised Big Bucks For Hillary Clinton & Dems https://t.co/6PHQaAQFNm
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 6, 2017
In a shocking report set to rock Hollywood, the New York Times released devastating details of sexual harassment accusations against liberal Hollywood producer and mega Democrat donor Harvey Weinstein. According to the report, Weinstein has settled a whopping eight times over such allegations.
New York Times reports:
Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower, she recalled in an interview.
In 2014, Mr. Weinstein invited Emily Nestor, who had worked just one day as a temporary employee, to the same hotel and made another offer: If she accepted his sexual advances, he would boost her career, according to accounts she provided to colleagues who sent them to Weinstein Company executives. The following year, once again at the Peninsula, a female assistant said Mr. Weinstein badgered her into giving him a massage while he was naked, leaving her “crying and very distraught,” wrote a colleague, Lauren O’Connor, in a searing memo asserting sexual harassment and other misconduct by their boss.
An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.
During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Weinstein responded to the devastating report says, ““I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”
“I am a 28 year old woman trying to make a living and a career. Harvey Weinstein is a 64 year old, world famous man and this is his company. The balance of power is me: 0, Harvey Weinstein: 10. — From Lauren O’Connor‘s memo”
O’Connor was a female assistance at the Weinstein Company.
Click here to read the complete report.