Politicians React to Weinstein Reports | Clinton ‘Appalled’, Trump ‘Not Surprised’

Hilary Clinton provided her thoughts Tuesday on the sexual harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein, saying she felt “shocked and appalled.” Weinstein was a longtime donor to the political campaigns of both Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton and Harvey Weinstein in 2004
Hillary Clinton and Harvey Weinstein at the premiere of Miramax Films’ “Finding Neverland” on Oct. 25, 2004 in New York City. | Evan Agostini/Getty Images

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

Weinstein contributed to Clinton’s campaigns over the years, starting with her run for U.S. Senate in New York in 1999 – contributing more than $20,000 in all, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In addition, the film producer also donated several thousands of dollars to the campaign of former president Bill Clinton.

In addition to the Clintons, Weinstein contributed to the campaign of former president Barack Obama as well as other candidates, parties, and political action committees. Since 1990, he helped bundle donations totaling $1.4 million to different candidates and organizations, according to Huffington Post.

While Obama has not commented on the allegations against Weinstein, President Donald Trump provided his thoughts, when asked. “I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time,” Trump told reporters outside the White House on Saturday. “I’m not at all surprised to see it.”

Other politicians who have chimed in with statements regarding Weinstein include U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff from California. “I represent Hollywood,” Schiff tweeted. “Should go without saying, but abuse, assault and harassment of women is intolerable. By Weinstein, Trump or anyone.”

In addition to politicians, various celebrities who have reacted publicly to the news include George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Christian Slater, and Judy Dench. Several actors and actresses did voice shock at the stories, saying they were unaware the behavior went on.