That didn’t take long.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, some have worried that the situation could spin out of control. No less an expert than Woody Allen, who’s faced his own sexual misconduct charges, said it was important to avoid “a witch hunt atmosphere” where “every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.”
While it’s odd that the mainstream media went after one of its own — a Hollywood movie mogul who poured cash into the coffers of the Democratic Party — what’s less surprising is where leftists hope to take the story: Straight to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Maureen Dowd at The New York Times summed up the feeding frenzy in Tinsel Town in her column over the weekend.
“The ill will towards him for getting away with it all for so long has unleashed something so primitive,” a prominent male Hollywood producer told me. “If people could rip him apart, they would. Literally everyone in Hollywood is taking marshmallows to roast at his burning corpse.”
Dowd, though, offered up another voice that said exactly the opposite of Allen. “‘I hope it’s a witch hunt,’ said a top Hollywood woman. ‘I hope it’s a purge. There are people we have to get rid of in our business. Everyone knows them.’”
And then she got to her real point.
Women in Hollywood say social media, plus the anger about Trump getting into the Oval Office instead of Hillary, were propelling forces in the fire raining down on Weinstein. …
Once more we are in a searing national seminar on sexual misbehavior by men, just like the Hill-Thomas hearings, the Clinton impeachment hearings, the Bill Cosby trial, the downfalls of Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and other harassing big shots at Fox News, and Donald Trump and the fallout from the “Access Hollywood” tape.
How many times do we have to go through this before things really change?
And the whole Hollywood circus seems ready to swarm the president, Buzzfeed reports.
A high-stakes legal showdown is brewing for President Donald Trump, as a woman who said he groped her has subpoenaed all documents from his campaign pertaining to “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.”
The subpoena — whose contents have not been previously reported — was issued in March but entered into the court file last month. The White House did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Trump’s attorney.
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice, accused Trump of kissing and grabbing her when she went to his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 to discuss a possible job at the Trump Organization. After Zervos made the accusation last October, just weeks before the election, Trump denied her accusation and called it a lie.
She responded by suing him for defamation. As part of that suit, her lawyers served a subpoena on his campaign, asking that it preserve all documents it had about her.
Democrats expected to kill Trump’s candidacy with the release of the Access Hollywood tape just days before the election, the one in which Trump says he’s so famous that can just grab women by the private parts. But it didn’t happen. With the Weinstein story suddenly emerging, liberals see a second chance to hit Trump.
“How Trump’s election and Weinstein’s fall signal warp speed on taking sexual harassment seriously,” the Los Angeles Times wrote on Monday.
As Seth Meyers recently pointed out, both are powerful men accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. Both were caught on tape saying things to and about women that should have ensured they’d never make it a step further in their respective fields. Both found success despite years of rumored bad behavior, until one ended up running Hollywood and the other the United States of America.
So what’s the punchline?
Weinstein’s career was destroyed when an article chronicling dozens of women’s claims of sexual misconduct by the producer was published in the New York Times, followed by the public release of an NYPD sting recording of him coercing and threatening a model/actress.
Trump was voted into the White House despite an article chronicling a dozen women’s claims of sexual misconduct by the reality star was published in the New York Times, around the same time a recording was publicly released of him admitting to sexually assaulting women.
As Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to Barack Obama says: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Look for the Weinstein story to morph into an onslaught against President Trump.