The Democrats that once revered Weinstein, and reveled in his generous financial donations, are now throwing away all his money in an effort to distance themselves from the now exposed sexual harasser.
The Democratic National Committee has responded to sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Party donor and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein by pledging to donate a small portion of the contributions it received from him to women’s charities.
In a statement, the DNC called the allegations “deeply troubling,” and after facing pressurefrom the Republican National Committee, announced it would donate roughly one-eighth of the total sum The Weinstein Company chief has contributed to the organization over the years.
The DNC said “over $30,000” worth of Weinstein’s contributions will be given to pro-choice charity EMILY’s List, Emerge America, and Higher Heights, a charity for black women, though it is unclear whether the DNC will give away the rest of the reported $246,290 that Weinstein has donated.
In all, Weinstein has donated at least $769,000 to Democratic politicians and political action organizations since the early 1990s, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and has hosted high-dollar fundraisers for Democratic candidates, including 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
In their statement, the DNC also used the opportunity to blame and attack President Donald Trump, apparently dedicating more words to the president than to Weinstein himself.
And Chuck Schumer jumped on the band wagon:
Schumer became the latest Democrat to announce he would return contributions from Weinstein following a New York Times exposé published Thursday that reported the Hollywood mogul had reached financial settlements with at least eight women who had accused him of various forms of sexual harassment during his decades-long career in the movie business.
It’s a sad day for Democrats. They’re scrambling to hold their party together and now their donors are self destructing.