CNN anchors and pundits are unsatisfied with former president Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s statements about movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
It took both Democrats five days to release statements about the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein. Obama and Clinton were criticized by many for the long delay for several reasons, including the fact that they have both received large amounts of political donations from the Hollywood producer.
“This is not a trick question!” CNN anchor John Berman exclaimed. “I mean, this is a fairly easy one to respond to if you can read the articles and hear these stories.”
“Five days,” anchor Poppy Harlow asserted. “Five days after this report came out to condemn him.”
John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, argued that the delayed responses indicate that money and relationships in politics are incredibly powerful.
“This is behavior that is indefensible–they should have come out against it earlier…it’s a reminder that no party has a monopoly on virtue or vice,” Avlon said.