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October 11, 2017

Hillary Clinton, Obama blasted by ‘Daily Show’ co-creator over silence on Weinstein

Former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s silence in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against movie mogul — and Democratic Party donor — Harvey Weinstein is not sitting well with the co-founder of “The Daily Show.”

Comedian and liberal activist Lizz Winstead joined MSNBC’s Katy Tur on Monday to discuss the fallout from last week’s New York Times exposé on decades of harassment claims against a Hollywood titan. The conversation soon shifted to Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton’s muted responses.

“President Obama, Hillary Clinton, silent so far,” Ms. Tur said. “How do you feel about the selective outrage? ‘I can be outraged about Donald Trump last year, but not outraged about this.’”

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“I feel it happens a lot with women’s issues and I feel really disappointed in both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton,” said Ms. Winstead, the chief creative officer at Lady Parts Justice. “If you took money from this person, because this person had really good progressive goals that were in line with the politics, great. When you find out that this person is a monster, especially a monster towards women, why wouldn’t you denounce it?”

The guest then said that Democrats will “never have credibility” when trying to denounce President Trump — specifically his rhetoric in a lewd Access Hollywood tape, which briefly threatened to sidetrack his campaign.

“It’s up to us to demand from them [an explanation], and why aren’t we demanding from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, ‘Where is your statement? Please step up. We supported you.’”