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A video from 2013 has resurfaced showing former first lady Michelle Obama praising accused sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein as “a good friend” and “a wonderful human being” following her address to the Democratic National Convention on Monday.
The video, which was tweeted by conservative actor James Woods to his 2.5 million followers, features the first lady hosting what appears to be a White House film symposium that the disgraced movie mogul organized.
“Beautiful endorsement tonight. She’s a great judge of character, so please be kind. No trolling. Oh, wait…” Woods wrote in the post.
Beautiful endorsement tonight. She’s a great judge of character, so please be kind. No trolling. Oh, wait… pic.twitter.com/YR7OGs5cQy
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 18, 2020
Actress, comedienne, and co-host of ABC’s “The View,” Whoopie Goldberg was also seen in the video clip clapping heartily when Obama thanked Weinstein for mentoring film students.
“He is a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse,” Obama said.
In a subsequent post, Woods chastised people for mischaracterizing the former first lady’s gender.
“Ridiculing #MichelleObama as a ‘transgender’ is ludicrous and counterproductive. More importantly it erodes legitimate attacks on her loathesome [sic] past embrace of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton and other Democrat rapists and child sex traffickers,” he wrote.
Ridiculing #MichelleObama as a “transgender” is ludicrous and counterproductive. More importantly it erodes legitimate attacks on her loathesome past embrace of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton and other Democrat rapists and child sex traffickers.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 18, 2020
Weinstein had organized a Careers in Film symposium that was hosted by the Obama White House. In addition to Goldberg, actresses Naomie Harris and Blake Lively, along with filmmakers David Frankel and Ryan Coogler, also attended, the Daily Mail reported.
Woods posted the clip after Obama gave an address to the DNC as the party launched the event on Monday.
But the clip has surfaced before. In 2017, as Weinstein reached at least eight legal settlements with women who accused him of sexual harassment, Fox News aired it as well.
“It’s like supporting someone ‘against your own voice’ but he’s a Hollywood liberal so it’s all good,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted at the time.
It's like supporting someone "against your own voice" but he's a Hollywood liberal so it's all good. https://t.co/6wDIxUuUOc
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 6, 2017
Weinstein reportedly visited President Obama a number of times during his two terms.
In January, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for raping a woman in 2013, while forcing another to perform oral sex in 2006.
The co-founder of Miramax has long been a Democrat donor. Since the 1990s, he gave more than $75,000 to Democratic politicians including former President Bill Clinton and more than $26,000 to political action committees supporting his wife’s presidential bids.
In addition, Weinstein gave in excess of $45,000 to PACs supporting President Barack Obama or to his campaigns during his two presidential bids.
The Daily Mail also noted that the Obamas used their ties to Weinstein to help their daughter Malia Obama get a summer internship at Miramax in 2017, which was widely panned at the time considering the credible sex allegations against the Hollywood mogul.
Weinstein was exposed in a bombshell October 2017 story by Ronan Farrow that was published in The New Yorker.
In February during a segment on “The Five,” co-host Greg Gutfeld laced actors and actresses, as well as Democrats and others who knew of Weinstein’s reputation but protected him for years.
“Why was he so powerful? He used the women’s movement and empowerment as the liberal virtue signals as a way to protect his own predation,” Gutfeld said.
“People knew. People joked about it,” he said, adding that they looked the other way because he supported their causes.
“Michelle Obama praised him because he gave so much money,” he continued. “So no one in the Hollywood can ever lecture us again about morality because they knew all of this, but he poked all the right buttons, all the virtue signals.”
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