Galvanized by the uglier-by-the-minute Harvey Weinstein scandal, women across social media are sharing their personal stories about sexual harassment and assault, using the "#MeToo" hashtag. Among those speaking out is National Rifle Association spokeswoman and prominent conservative personality Dana Loesch -- who, for full disclosure, is also a friend of mine. She revealed to the world on Sunday that she and her family are abandoning their home under serious duress, stemming from a whirlwind of violent threats from anti-gun leftists, a number of which have been explicitly sexual in nature. No matter where one stands on the NRA agenda (I'm generally supportive, but sometimes take issue with the tone of their messaging and some of their decisions), this is utterly revolting and wrong:
3 Another guy created a string of social media accounts, posted photos of my house, threatened to rape me to death. #MeToo— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 16, 2017
5 I’m grateful that my kids’ school worked with law enforcement and private security to ensure campus safety, and work with me. #MeToo— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 16, 2017
She went on to add that there are more specific details of her ordeal that she can't discuss, stating that she and other outspoken female supporters of the Second Amendment "are sexually threatened regularly." (Incidentally, can anyone conceive of a less effective way to convince a woman that she's wrong about staunchly defending her gun rights than by threatening to rape her, or to harm her children?) Loesch proceeded to blast the double standard under which so-called 'feminists' turn a blind eye to flagrant, or even violent, sexism against conservative women: "Feminism should’ve defended women, regardless of party. Let ideas battle it out in the public sphere, but everyone speaks," she concluded. In response to her powerful tweetstorm, Loesch received a public message of support from a somewhat unlikely source:
Dana - this is all awful & unacceptable. Those of us who disagree with you the strongest have a particular responsible to strongly condemn. https://t.co/jJXk9VB54p— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) October 16, 2017
Good for her. Loesch replied with an appreciative tweet, although many of the responses to Clinton's tweet baselessly accuse Loesch of lying. (This is something that another female conservative friend of mine can relate to. Whenever Mary Katharine Ham discusses her family's Obamacare nightmare in public -- and particularly on CNN -- liberals troll her social media feeds, insisting that she's inventing the story in order to score political points). Laudable as Chelsea Clinton's condemnation of horrific threats leveled against the Loesch family may be, there's another angle here. Loesch's tweets were generated in connection to the "#MeToo" trend regarding sexual assault and violence. Can Ms. Clinton explain why her family's foundation is refusing to return $250,000 in donations from America's most infamous serial predator?
The Clinton Foundation will not return or re-donate any of the $250,000 it received from disgraced film producer and Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein, saying the funds have been spent already. Democratic Party organizations have similarly been under pressure to return or donate money they received from Weinstein over the years. Some have donated the funds to organizations that work to combat sexual violence agains women, for example, but some have donated the money to Democratic Party-aligned groups. Weinstein gave over $35,000 to Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, and leading up to 2014, gave between $100,000 to $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation has also been pressured to rid itself of Weinstein's money, but they have said that the money was already spent on projects, the Daily Mail reports.
She...does not seem eager to answer questions about this decision. On the heels of Chelsea's mother expressing horror over voters electing "a sexual assaulter" as president (see: the Access Hollywood tape and numerous accusers), I'll leave you with aggressively-liberal comedian Michael Ian Black's commentary on another living president:
Have to say, Harvey’s tactics (hotel, exposure, etc.) sound a lot like what Paula Jones claimed about Bill Clinton.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) October 15, 2017
I don’t think Dems have ever come to terms with allegations against Bill. A lot of uncomfortable hair twirling and floor gazing.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) October 15, 2017
By the way, do we have any confirmation that Hillary Clinton's promised charitable donation of her Weinstein money won't go to her own foundation? That's been the Clintons' self-dealing M.O. for years.