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Reich writes: "Trump and Weinstein are both sexual harassers and predators. But Trump is also president of the United States. That makes him even more dangerous to women."

Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)
Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)

Trump and Weinstein Are Both Sexual Harassers and Predators

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

10 October 17


onald Trump weighed in on the scandal engulfing movie mogul and Democratic funder Harvey Weinstein, accused by multiple women of sexual harassment (Weinstein has been fired from his company). “I’ve know Harvey Weinstein a long time. I’m not at all surprised to see it,” Trump said.

Trump was subsequently asked by CNN’s Elizabeth’s Landers how Weinstein’s conduct differed from the conduct Trump bragged about on the “Access Hollywood” tape, where he said “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” Trump responded that the tape was just “locker-room talk.” 

Rubbish. It wasn’t just “locker-room talk.” At least 15 women have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment and assault, and People Magazine Natasha Stoynoff has six independent witnesses to back up her allegation that Trump “pushed her against a wall, shoved his tongue in her mouth, and told her they were going to have an affair.”

Trump is actively assaulting women in other ways. The Trump administration’s Education Department has moved to make it harder for women at universities to prove sexual harassment. Trump’s Health and Human Services Department has made it harder for women to get contraceptives. Trump has nominated 32 men and just one woman to become U.S. Attorneys. Trump’s 2018 budget calls for a 93 percent cut in funding for federal programs that aid survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

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-22 # jtatu 2017-10-10 09:50
So is Bill Clinton. So was Ted Kennedy.
+8 # opinionaire 2017-10-10 11:01
Not in the same league, although they do qualify as having taken advantage of offers. They seemed to rely on offers, rather than "I don't even ask."
+4 # Texas Aggie 2017-10-10 11:23
The difference being that the former two were not engaged in consensual sex while the latter two were.
+3 # Wise woman 2017-10-10 12:23
Quoting jtatu:
So is Bill Clinton. So was Ted Kennedy.

And so was JFK. But I see the thumbs down. Why does the American public refuse to call a spade a spade when it comes down to the bad behavior of so many men? That's exactly why so many of them think they can get away with it. Because they evidently in this country can.
+10 # Adagio 2017-10-10 14:10 does that somehow exonerate Trump? Are you saying that because of Bill Clinton's escapades, it's fine for Trump to abuse women? To your way of thinking, do two wrongs make a right?
+9 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-10-10 10:46
Trump responded that the tape was just “locker-room talk.” 
& that makes it OK?
-9 # 2017-10-10 11:03
It is hard not to see a little irony in this little piece of brilliant insight from the former Secretary of Labor under our Sexual Predator in Cheif, President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. He should have waited until today's report in the New Yorker ( of three confirmed cases of rape similar to the convincing tale told by Juanita Broaddrick about Robert's old boss. Rape is very different from the things alleged in the People Magazine article he cites against Trump. Sorry, Robert, this little effort to deflect attention away from monstrous donors among the liberal elite appears to have backfired, as Trump would say, "Big League."
+7 # futhark 2017-10-10 11:09
Two sexual predators start talking about each other. Mr. Trump comments on Mr. Weinstein as quoted by Dr. Reich above. Mr. Weinstein, in turn, has a few comments to make concerning Mr. Trump:

Harvey Weinstein weighed in on the scandals engulfing Republican Party leader and President of the United States Donald Trump, accused by multiple women of sexual harassment (Trump has not yet been fired from his company). “I’ve known Donald Trump a long time. I’m not at all surprised to see it,” Weinstein said.
+9 # Glen 2017-10-10 11:47
Power is too often mistaken for privilege. Trump and those like him, and there are many, have used women endlessly for many reasons. Too bad so many folks assumed the U.S. to be more sophisticated and educated. The war on women never ends and by the gods people like Trump and Weinstein give the appearance that the behavior is acceptable.
-1 # harleysch 2017-10-10 12:39
Professor Reich, as a former admirer of yours, I have to say I am horrified by this column. By saying that one man's sexual harassment and victimization of women is worst than another's, by virtue of his current position, you show no concern or empathy for the victims of the attacks.

By unleashing your antipathy to Trump to proclaim that his alleged predatory behavior is worse than that of Weinstein's is disgraceful. One does not "rank" predators based on their present profession, one must not only condemn the behavior, but defend the victims, who all report permanent emotional and professional damage from their encounters with Weinstein, and not give a predator a pass because he is not the President!

This is a shameful post by you.
-1 # John Cosmo 2017-10-10 13:26
As someone who vouched for Bill Clinton's denials of an affair between Bill and Monica Lewinsky, Robert Reich doesn't have any credibility (or moral authority) to deal with this subject.

We can't criticize people like Trump and Weinstein without also criticizing people like Bill Clinton, the Kennedy brothers, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the people who enable them, enablers like Hillary Clinton, Maria Shriver and Robert himself.

Indeed, Bill's past behavior made Hillary's criticisms of Donald Trump's behavior easily dismissed as partisan hypocrisy, thus contributing to the election of Trump. (Any other Democratic presidential candidate could have made the charges of sexual harassment against Trump stick, but not Hillary.)
+3 # tgemberl 2017-10-11 18:54
He "vouched for Bill Clinton's denials"? Can you give us details about that?
-3 # John Cosmo 2017-10-11 21:19
After the Lewinsky scandal broke, at some point in 1998, several members of his cabinet including then Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, held a joint press conference in which they expressed their support for then President Bill Clinton and vouched for his honesty saying that they believed that he "never had sex with that woman."

As I recall the other cabinet members were then Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, and then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Donna Shalala. I imagine that Bill put then up to it, thinking it would help his case.

In August of 1998 Clinton admitted to having an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Lewinsky. Reich expressed disappointment with Clinton but, as far as I know, no one resigned over the scandal.
-8 # BigDaddyBH 2017-10-10 13:27
Reich has zero credibility, he's a endlessly bitter little man and his shamelessly biased (patronizing)co mmentary is predictable.
+8 # Blackjack 2017-10-10 14:02
Really, jtatu, is that the best you can come up with? Both Bill and Ted served ably on the political front and both, while in office, did commendable things for the country. Trump serves only himself. While I don't condone this behavior by any male, Trump is president and brags about his sexual exploits in that capacity. Trump demeans women because he wants to believe that they are weak, indefensible, and inferior. He is the very epitome of a misogynist and racist. Neither Clinton nor Kennedy is/was that!
+5 # goodsensecynic 2017-10-10 16:47
"jtatu" may be right. Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy might have been sexual harassers and predators. I don't know. I wasn't there.

Here's the thing. Clinton and Kennedy are not in public office. Trump is.

If there were faults in Clinton and Kennedy that merit condemnation, let's leave it to the historians. There plainly are faults in Trump that are so serious that a conversation about his fitness to hold office is a matter of some urgency.

What's more, Republican officials - elected or appointed - are required to join in that conversation and not wait until their retirement is in sight before speaking out.

In the name of integrity (and maybe to save their own political skins when the agriculture meets the air conditioning), the time to speak out is NOW.
0 # jon kitchen 2017-10-10 19:00
I don't think we can compare Bill Clinton to those two men. He was compromised by women,but he is an elegant gentleman,never theless.
-4 # Glen 2017-10-11 07:33
Yes, Clinton was charming and gentlemanly, but was also a major predator. While in office in Arkansas he even went so far as to get cops to recruit women. Everybody knew of his proclivities but turned a blind eye. George W. was the same and Clinton and the Bushes have always been joined at the hip. None of this is just a line of gossip.

Clinton's activities rendered him ripe to be set up while president, using a young woman who complied.
0 # Cassandra2012 2017-10-13 18:53
And does the idea of 'consensual' not register with you???
Males seem to be constantly on the make--- but not all are irredeemable predators like Trumpolini who demeans and despises women, or apparently psychologically demented like Weinstein.
-6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-10-10 19:31
Well, it would be foolish to deny that both are sexual harassers. Most powerful and wealthy men are sexual harassers. There was a study done about 15 years ago on the sexual practices of CEOs and other top executives. About 95% had the problems indicated here about Trump and Weinstein. This is a problem of power and it is more associated with class and social position than anything else.

But I object to Reich's linking Trump and Weinstein in this case. In reality, the two are not linked. Rather Weinstein's links are to democrats and especially the Clintons. He's part of the Hollywood liberal class that has taken over the democratic party with the help of the Clintons, Pelosi, Podesta, and any others. It is good to see one of these people go down. Now we need to get the rest of them.

Trump's case is a different one. This is not to gloss over his sexual aggression. I would note, however, he did say "they let you do it." This is something very different from force or rape. If they let you do it, it's kind of normal.
+3 # Blackjack 2017-10-11 07:11
RR, must you make EVERY comment a Repuke vs. Dem comparison? Some things are not red vs. blue. They are basically purple because some people (mostly male) from both parties fall into the sexual predator/harass er category. This is basically criminal behavior, no matter what side of the political fence you fall on, so why don't you just acknowledge that and become one of those brave souls who speaks up and condemns it whenever it happens and by whomever it is committed?
+1 # librarian1984 2017-10-11 09:05
Why are we reading this dreck when Robert Parry, Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald and others are doing actual journalism? I do not want Dan Rather blather and Reich's inane musings. Where is the journalism?
+1 # PABLO DIABLO 2017-10-11 15:33
Titillating Gossip at RSN. Robert Parry ,Scahill, and Greenwald are the REAL Deal.
+5 # krazykwiltkatt 2017-10-11 17:11
Do not forget the other examples: the teachers, priests, coaches and other people in places of responsibility. The USA has a problem with patriarchy: the dominance and devaluation of women, children and others perceived to be lesser.

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