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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has not joined the chorus of Democratic politicians who have spoken out following the accusations of sexual harassment against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. But Tim Kaine, a U.S. senator who served as Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 election, said he expects her to do so.
“Hillary Clinton speaks out against sexual harassment often, and I’m sure she’ll have a word to say when the time’s right for her,” Kaine said in an appearance on CNN on Tuesday morning. Clinton did not address Weinstein during a speech in California on Monday night, days after The New York Times published an article detailing years of sexual harassment allegations against the film executive.
When asked by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota whether the former Clinton-Kaine campaign would donate money given by Weinstein, Kaine suggested that it’s too late for that, considering the money has already been spent. “Well, the campaign’s over,” he said. “It’s over.”
While the Virginia senator said he’s “nobody’s press secretary” and couldn’t speak for Clinton, he said that “any leader should condemn this.” He referenced his 22-year-old daughter, and said, “When you read the stories about young women feeling pressured by somebody in a position of power, it makes you sick.”
Democratic politicians have been pressured, including by the Republican National Committee, to return or donate money given to them by Weinstein, who was a prolific donor to party candidates. The Democratic National Committee announced Friday a plan to give away more than $30,000 in donations to various nonprofit organizations.
Former President Barack Obama has also been silent about the accusations against Weinstein, who helped raise about $680,000 as a bundler for his 2012 re-election campaign.
“HRC spoke for 90 mins last nite, didn’t mention Harvey Weinstein,” CNN’s Erin Burnett wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning. “She won’t give women a ‘pass’ for not voting for her, but she gave him one.”
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