Neither Weinstein nor Trump

Republicans are trying to hang accused sexual harasser, and big Democratic donor, Harvey Weinstein around the Democrats’ neck, but they forget one thing: We didn’t make our sexual predator president; they did.

In this premium episode of our podcast, John and Cliff talk in depth about the Weinstein scandal, the GOP’s double standard on sex (you don’t see any Republicans boycotting Donald Trump or the Mercers), and the media’s incessant need to play both-side-ism.

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And here’s a second snippet about the GOP billionaire donors, the Mercers. While the Republicans are happy to demand that Democrats return any money they got from Harvey Weinstein, they’re happy to take money from the Mercers. The GOP billionaire donor family embraced a pedophile-enabler who sang “America the Beautiful” before a group of Hitler-saluting Nazis. Why isn’t anyone demanding that their money be returned? You can hear that five-minute snippet here:

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  • ORAXX

    Additionally……I don’t see any Democrats defending Weinstein. Few things compare to the rank hypocrisy of the evangelical crowd giving their undying loyalty to Donald, Boss Tweet, Trump.

  • A compiled list of republican sex crimes or good ole hypocrisy
    (Note this came from two lists and I’ve never got around to narrowing it down, I have found no comparable list for the democrats, but haven’t looked in a while. Nor have I kept this one updated make of it what you will.)
    Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.
    Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
    Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15 year old girl.
    Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.
    Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.
    Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to sexual relations with a juvenile
    Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
    Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.
    Republican anti-gay activist Earl “Butch” Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.
    Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15-year old girl.
    Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was charged with rape for allegedly paying a 15-year old girl for sex. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.
    REPUBLICAN Otis O’Neal Horsley (born 1944) is an American political figure of the far REPUBLICAN right. He is the author of christiangallery com, a website devoted to his advocacy of militant anti-abortion, secessionist, and anti-gay views admitted to Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.engaging in homosexual and bestiality sex, including having sex with a MULE!
    Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a “good military man” and “church goer,” was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
    Republican director of the “Young Republican Federation” Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.
    Republican operative Jack Burkmana former lobbyist for “Family Research Council” The council and Mr. Burkmana support and donate money to the Bush
    administration and the GOP.
    A former college administrator, a former Christian bookstore owner and a former policeman admitted to sexual misconduct with a teenage boy.They were among five men arrested in March as part of an ongoing investigation of men who meet boys through Internet chat rooms, authorities said.William Gillin, 53, republican and Paul Skiles, 63, republican, both of Johnstown, pleaded guilty yesterday to corruption of minors, indecent assault and unlawful communications with minors. Mr. Gillin is the former alumni relations director at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Mr. Skiles owned the now-closed B&K Christian Bookstore in Richland Township.Some of the incidents occurred when the boy was 16, prosecutors said. He is now 17.
    Donald Lukens, Republican Congressman, was found guilty of having sex with a minor – a girl he was accused of sleeping with since she was 13
    Jim Wesr, Spokane Mayor. Supported a bill, which failed, would have barred gays and lesbians from working in schools, day-care centers, and some state agencies. Voted to bar the state from distributing pamphlets telling people how to protect themselves from AIDS. Proposed that “any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person” among teens be criminalized. Had a sexual affair with an 18 year-old boy
    Stephen White, Republican preacher. Was arrested after allegedly offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.
    Nicholas Morency, Republican anti-abortion activist, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor
    Jeffrey Patti, Republican Committee Chairman, was arrested for distributing what experts call “some of the most offensive material in the child pornography world” – a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped. Daily Record News Article
    John Paulk, lied about prowling for gay sex while running a fundamentalist group to cure gays.
    Harvey Pitt, SEC Chief under George W. Bush until he was forced to resign in 2002. Worked for New Frontier Media, a firm which distributed teen sex videos.
    Mark Pazuhanich, Republican judge, pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
    George Roche III, carried on a 19 year affair with his son’s wife, while serving as president of Hillsdale College, which “emphasizes the importance of the common moral truths that bind all Americans, while recognizing the importance of religion for the maintenance of a free society.”
    Beverly Russell, County Chairman of the Christian Coalition, sexually molested his step-daughter, Susan Smith, who later drowned her two children.
    Jack Ryan, 2004 Republican nominee for US Senate from Illinois, pressured his wive, actress Jeri Ryan, to have sex with other men. Tricked her into visiting sex clubs, where he asked her to have sex with him while others watched.
    Joe Scarborough, former Republican Congressman, currently a conservative talk show host. Resigned his congressional seat abruptly to spend more time with his family, amidst allegations of an affair. His intern, Lori Klausutis, was soon after found dead in his office. The medical examiner, who had his license revoked in Missouri for falsifying information in an autopsy report, and suspended in florida for six years, ruled the case an accident, after giving conflicting information about her injuries. He said he lied about them because “The last thing we wanted was 40 questions about a head injury.”
    Ed Schrock, two-term republican congressman, with a 92% approval rating from the Christian Coalition. Cosponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment consistently opposed gay rights. Married, with wife and kids. Withdrew his candidacy for a third term after tapes of him soliciting for gay sex were circulated.
    Dr. Laura Schlessinger, right wing conservative radio host. Promotes family values, estranged from her mother, opposes birth control, has had her tubes tied, espouses saving oneself for marriage, admits to having had sex before she was married, opposes adultery, has committed adultery while she was married, and has slept with a married man, opposes divorce, is divorced and remarried, has posed for nude photos which are available online.
    Jean Schmidt, OH-2, though not herself implicated, employed a campaign manager (Joe Braun) in her 2005 election who once wrote an article condemning gay men for running sex ad profiles, and who was then accused of running his own sex profile on Collarme, an S&M sex site. The profile called for “submissives” to wear only a collar and handcuffs and to have hot wax dripped on them
    John Scmitz, right-wing republican congressman, who had had his committee chairship taken away from him in the California State Senate after issuing a press release attacking Jews, feminists and gays. Forced out of office in 1982 for having an adulterous affair and fathering two children out of wedlock with one of his students. He was caught because his baby was admitted to hospital for having hair tied so tightly around his penis that it was almost severed. His daughter, Mary Kay LeTourneau, was convicted of having an adulterous affair with one of her students, and giving birth to two of his children
    Jimmy Swaggart, televangelist, said during a sermon “I’m trying to find the correct name for it … this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men. … I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I’m gonna kill him and tell God he died.” Had an affair with a prostitute.
    Randall Terry, Right to Life activist, founder of Operation Rescue, involved in the Terri Schiavo protests. Once imprisoned for sending former President Bill Clinton an aborted fetus. His son Jamiel is gay; his daughter Tila had sex outside of marriage, became pregnant, had a miscarriage – she is no longer welcome in his home; his daughter Ebony had 2 children outside of wedlock and became Muslim. He has campaigned against infidelity and birth control, gays and unwed mothers. Terry himself was censured by his church after committing adultery.
    Strom Thurmond, republican senator and racist, raped and impregnated a 15-year old African American maid

  • Badgerite

    Quite true.

  • marknc

    Well stated sir! And I’d say Bill and Hillary are not only the most investigated people probably in the history of politics, but also the cleanest. If Republicans had ANYTHING, they would be trying for jail time – that can’t spend enough time or money to uncover what never happened.

  • Badgerite

    I wouldn’t say we were “quick to dismiss them”. Nor would I say that they were not investigated. Particularly the Broaddrick allegations. They were investigated and she had previously gave testimony under oath that what she later alleged did not happen. In a he said/she said, where she has contradicted her own sworn testimony, that is as far as that case is going. They were simply not allegations that would have panned out in court. Not even a civil case. ( Paula Jones comes to mind. After all of the time and money spent on that case by people other than Paula Jones and Bill Clinton being subjected to interrogation under oath about his private relationships, the case went to Summary Judgement for Bill Clinton, the defendant.) Kathleen Wiley also had previously denied any kind of misconduct on Clinton’s part and reversed herself later and at a time when she was in some financial distress.
    She did get a well promoted public hearing even being interviewed on 60 minutes by Ed Bradley. And, in case you are unaware, the GOP did not vote alone to impeach Clinton. There were Democratic votes for that was well.
    By the time the ‘case’ for impeachment made it to the Senate, it was all about a consensual relationship in the work place, which is hardly a “high crime or misdemeanor” and the votes were not there to convict.
    The “bimbo eruptions” of the Arkansas years were never alleged to be anything but consensual, as I recall, except for Juanita Broaddricke who had already testified under oath, in a way as to contradict her later assertions.
    And there was , in fact, a right wing “conspiracy” of legal talent on a campaign with unlimited funding to get Bill Clinton any way they could. Fair or foul. And quite a lot of it was foul. Two of the people involved in that campaign, Joseph DiGenova and Victoria Toensing are the parents of one Brady Toensing who was head of the trump campaign in Vermont and is currently behind the complaint that resulted in Jane and Bernie Sanders being investigated by the FBI bank fraud in a loan Jane Sanders applied for as head of Burlington College. So spare me the self flagellation routine. The Democrats have nothing to apologize for here. Weinstein has already faced consequences here and he will be facing more as some of these allegations could result in criminal charges. There will certainly be civil cases and monetary settlements but it could get even worse. And I don’t see anyone defending him. Not even his Board.

  • You guess wrong.

    I don’t care if Clinton had an affair with Flowers or not. It was consensual and legal. Other people may feel differently and they have every right to that opinion. Given the number of affairs Bill Clinton is alleged to have had, one assumes that he and Hillary long ago came to an arrangement and that is their business not mine. The Paula Jones story seems to be a simple misunderstanding blown out of proportion by right wingers for their own purposes.

    I’m talking about claims made by Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and others. Those are charges of nonconsensual sexual misconduct. We were quick to dismiss them because of politics. We shouldn’t have. Those claims deserved better investigations that they received, again because of politics.

    Yes, your sister is a hypocrite. So is most of my family. Their statements in the 90s were that Clinton should be impeached for cheating on his wife, as if almost every president we’ve ever had didn’t do that. Consensual sex is private conduct in my opinion and that’s between them and their spouses. I’m talking about charges of sexual harassment and rape.

  • marknc

    I’m guessing you are saying that politicians should be pure as new fallen snow – ain’t ever gonna’ happen.

    As for Bill Clinton, he admitted a one-night stand with Flowers. Flowers got paid a pile of money to claim it was a 5 year affair (she named a hotel where they met twice a week – that didn’t exist then). Republicans spent $70 million to find out he propositioned Jones (she admitted he never touched her), and dig up two others that Ken Starr didn’t believe were credible. And, they managed to find out Bill got a blow job.

    As for Trump, he is literally a serial wife cheater. One of the little known ones was admitted after he stole the election. He cheated on his current wife with Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal over a nine month affair (her statement). He got out of a lawsuit for raping a 12 yo and a 13 yo because they got so many death threats. This list is long and sordid and that is WITHOUT spending $70 million looking under every rock.

    The fact that my sister condemns Clinton and voted for a pig speaks volumes about the “morals and values” crowd (that she is a part of).

  • Mark

    For some people, it’s ‘the ends justify the means’

    Sums up politics,

    Integrity is dead

  • I’m not bothered that Bill Clinton has messing around on the side. That’s between him and Hillary. What concerns me is that there were some credible accusations of sexual misconduct that we all ignored, and we shouldn’t have. I won’t do that again.

  • The question is why is this so common throughout our culture. Pointing at different predators doesn’t make the others go away. They get away with it because they are enabled. Everyone at Fox News knew about Ailes and O’Reilly. Everyone around Trump knew about him too. And while we’re at it, Bill Clinton. You think those stories were new in DC? Everyone in Arkansas had heard stories. How do they get away with it? Because there are people around them enabling them and if you are a sole accuser you will get crushed when the weight of a whole industry comes down on you. When the Bill Cosby story broke Bill Maher said that he’d heard a story exactly like the ones being told by his accusers only by someone who hadn’t come forward. And he’d heard that in the 80s. He didn’t get away with that on his own. There were dozens of people covering up, threatening and pressuring victims, etc. It happens on college campuses with women who are raped by star athletes. It happens in churches too. It happens everywhere. Just this morning Megyn Kelly actually asked one of Weinstein’s victims why she had waited so long to come forward. Like Kelly herself hadn’t sat on a similar story until she wasn’t going to renew her contract at Fox. That’s why women (and men) don’t come forward. Because they won’t be the victims by the time the media and the enablers are done with them. They’ll be made to look like the guilty parties. Even if they are believed the “timing” of their accusation will be attacked. What bullshit. How do we end this? We have to demand better and stop making excuses for people we otherwise like when they do these things. If they got busted for small things early on they wouldn’t escalate to this many victims and this level of bad behavior. But they get away with a little, and then a little more et voila. It has to end early and decisively every time. I’m not naive enough to think that’s going to happen but it doesn’t happen until we stop making excuses and start upholding a standard of decency for everyone.

  • d3clark

    Amazing how quickly Republicans forgot Rep. Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania Republican. You know, a pro-life, family values, married man. He cheated on his wife, thought his gf was pregnant and pushed her to have an abortion.

    And Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Physician and Republican, who cheated on his wife, had sex with patients, then forced them to abort. Forced his ex-wife to abort, as well. May have inappropriately prescribed drugs for a patient he was having an affair with, as well.

    And (then Gov. of South Carolina) now Rep. Mark Sanford. Republican. He vanished for a week while he and his mistress relaxed, cheating on both his wife and constitutents. Was impeached then his base elected him as a representative.

    And former Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY). Threatened to kill a reporter while they were both on live TV. Later convicted on tax fraud and served time. Now, this convicted felon is running to get his old seat in the House back.

    And, well, you get the idea. And those are just a few Republicans. On the national level. They seem to have a hard time processing these incidents from short-term memory into long-term memory. Oh, and of course there’s the convenient axiom that always seems to apply – It’s OK if the Republicans do it.

  • marknc

    I had a bit of fun with my sister the other day. She told me a few years ago that she was stunned that I had supported Bill Clinton. You see, he was a pig because he cheated on his wife.

    So I asked her if she voted for Trump – of course she did. I pointed out that he cheated on his first wife and dumped her. He married his 2nd wife 2 months after their daughter was born, then cheated on her and dumped her. We know he has cheated on his 3rd wife.

    What was her response? 87 versions of IDCIYAR. And of course, she goes to church every Sunday.

  • Demosthenes

    To the GOP, Weinstein is evil. Trump is just a “guy”. What hypocrites.

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