Hillary Clinton is taking heat from TV host Anthony Bourdain after commenting on Harvey Weinstein’s recent sexual allegations during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
“I was — I was just sick,” she told Zakaria. “I was shocked. I was appalled. And, you know, like so many people who’ve come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past.”
Clinton’s campaign had been the recipient of Weinstein funds — donations that she now promises to donate back to charity.
“What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is they’re going to donate it to charity, and of course I will do that,” Clinton assured viewers.
After Zakaria touched upon claims of widespread knowledge of Weinstein’s behaviour, Clinton insisted that she “certainly didn’t” know about his patterns of assault.
“I don’t know who did, but I can only speak for myself, and I think speak for many others who knew him primarily through politics,” Clinton noted.
Bourdain, whose girlfriend, Asia Argento, accused Weinstein of raping her, took to Twitter on Wednesday calling the former U.S. secretary of state disingenuous.
“And I have to say, Hillary’s interview with Fareed Zakaria was shameful in its deflection and its disingenuousness,” he tweeted, before alleging that Clinton turned a blind eye to matters years prior. “Know what Hillary Clinton is NOT? She’s not stupid. Or unsophisticated about the world. The Weinstein stories had been out there for years.”
“Secretary Clinton was one of the most intelligent, well-prepared, well-briefed politicians ever. So, yes. I’d hoped for a better response,” he added.
Bourdain continued to tweet out his disappointment with Clinton by saying that “I have met Hillary Clinton. I liked her. I admired much about her. This interview was a real disappointment.”
Earlier this week, Bourdain showed his loving support for partner Argento when he tweeted, “I am proud and honored to know you.”
“You just did the hardest thing in the world,” he tweeted out again on Tuesday.
On Thursday, Bourdain went on to voice his opinion on the Weinstein matter, calling for a complete investigation into the years-long allegations and speaking out in defence of victims such as Rose McGowan. “This Weinstein story is deeply personal to me–and far far far more personal and painful to people I love and people I care about,” Bourdain said. “@rosemcgowan and others were under tremendous pressure, threatened, maligned, blacklisted.”