Former aides to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE are defending her response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal amid an onslaught of angry tweets from Anthony Bourdain, with one ex-spokesman telling the celebrity chef to “eat a scorpion.”
Bourdain, the host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” took to Twitter on Wednesday to rail against an interview with Clinton in which she publicly addressed the sexual misconduct allegations against the Hollywood mogul, one of her prominent 2016 fundraisers, for the first time.
The former Democratic presidential nominee told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria she was “shocked” and “appalled” by the Weinstein allegations, and that she would donate money the film exec contributed to her political campaigns to charity.
Bourdain, whose girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, accused Weinstein of rape in an exposé in The New Yorker magazine on Tuesday, wrote following about the interview:
And I have to say, Hillary's interview with Fareed Zakaria was shameful in its deflection and its disingenuousness.— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 11, 2017
know what Hillary Clinton is NOT? She's not stupid. Or unsophisticated about the world. The Weinstein stories had been out there for years— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 11, 2017
Mindless Hillary hate aside, this was a terrible response to questions about a "friend" who's been tormenting women for decades.— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 11, 2017
Critics had slammed Clinton for what they saw as a delayed response to the bombshell The New York Times report published Sunday that detailed sexual harassment and assault allegations against Weinstein from multiple women.
In a series of tweets to his more than 6 million followers, Bourdain wrote:
Hillary is CLEARLY not responsible for anything Weinstein Thats screamingly obvious. Her response to questions though has been uninspiring— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 11, 2017
I can assure you that the victims of Mr. Weinstein's three decades of predatory behavior are disappointed too. I'm sitting next to one.— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 11, 2017
Secretary Clinton was one of the most intelligent, well prepared, well briefed politicians ever. So, yes. I'd hoped for a better response— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 11, 2017
Some of Clinton’s former aides came to her defense following Bourdain’s comments.
Nick Merrill, her former campaign spokesman, told Bourdain to “get a grip,” writing:
Brian Fallon, a CNN political commentator and press secretary for Clinton’s 2016 campaign, suggested Bourdain — known for indulging in often-exotic cuisines — dine on an arachnid instead of attacking his old boss.
Go eat a scorpion or something.https://t.co/jlKBC2TDmI— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 11, 2017
Bourdain, who joked in an interview last month about poisoning President Trump, wrote:
And please..this is not about blame or equivalency . My feelings about Mr. Trump are well known. No one should take satisfaction from this— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 11, 2017
And having just gone through thousands of threats from Pepe the frog and Russian trolls, it's only fair to now get it from the other side .— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 11, 2017