A 2013 video of former First Lady Michelle Obama praising convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has resurfaced on social media following her speech at Democratic National Convention.
During her DNC speech, Obama praised Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as “a profoundly decent man guided by faith” while endorsing him for president.
Biden “was a terrific vice president. He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic and lead our country,” Obama said. “He listens. He will tell the truth and trust science.”
Obama’s remarks prompted Oscar-nominated actor James Woods, a President Trump supporter, to point out her past praise of Weinstein.
“He is a wonderful human being, a good friend, and just a powerhouse,” Obama said during a White House Student Film Symposium event in 2013, before the sexual allegations against Weinstein had come to light.
“Beautiful endorsement tonight. She’s a great judge of character, so please be kind. No trolling. Oh, wait …” Woods tweeted.
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
The disgraced movie mogul has been a prominent Democratic fundraiser. Weinstein donated to Hillary Clinton and affiliated fundraising groups to the tune of $54,990 throughout her campaigns for Senate and president from 1999 to 2016, reported Fox News.
Former President Barack Obama and affiliated parties received more than $72,000 between 2011 and 2012, Federal Election Commission data showed.
Weinstein was found guilty of third-degree rape and criminal sex act and was sentenced in January to 23 years in prison. His scandal sparked the MeToo movement in the United States and other countries across the world.
Michelle Obama’s remarks fact-checked by The Associated Press
The former first lady was trying to paint an opposite portrait of President Donald Trump to Biden during her DNC speech, calling him “the wrong president for our country.”
“He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is,” she said.
She criticized President Trump for using “cages” to house migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border—the comments were later fact-checked by The Associated Press.
“Michelle Obama assailed President Donald Trump on Monday for ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages, picking up on a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats,” the AP reported.
“She’s right that Trump’s now-suspended policy at the U.S.-Mexico border separated thousands of children from their families in ways that had not been done before,” the AP fact check continued. “But what she did not say is that the very same ‘cages’ were built and used in her husband’s administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily.”
The AP noted that the “reference to cages is misleading and a matter that Democrats have persistently distorted.”
President Trump fired back at Obama on Twitter following her comments, touting Tuesday’s NASDAQ record high and the strong economy he has built.
“Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama. Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement …,” he wrote.
….My Administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater economy than it was before. Jobs are flowing, NASDAQ is already at a record high, the rest to follow. Sit back & watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2020