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FLASHBACK: Weinstein Says He Supports Democrats Because They Share His Values

During an appearance on “Morning Joe,” Weinstein accused Bernie Sanders of being sexist.

Embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in 2016 for what he called sexist comments directed at Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary and said that he donated to Democrats because they shared his values.

Now Weinstein, a top Democrat donor, is facing allegations that “he had sexually harassed a string of women over several decades.”

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in April 2016, though, Weinstein explained why he was supporting Hillary Clinton instead of Bernie Sanders ahead of the New York presidential primary, citing what he thought were sexist comments by Sanders directed at Clinton as one of the reasons why.

“My daughter Emma has really crystalized it over the last four weeks,” Weinstein told the panel.

Weinstein then explained how his daughter Emma and her friends had been for Sanders, before Sanders said that he thought Hillary Clinton was unqualified to be president.

“She said to me when Bernie said, Hillary wasn’t qualified, they took that a little like, a little sexist you know,” Weinstein told the panel. “How could the secretary of state, 103 countries that she visited, two-time Senator, you know first lady, civil rights lawyer not be qualified.”

MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle then noted to Weinstein that he had noticed that women were reacting to those comments by Sanders in a similar way to how Weinstein’s daughter had reacted.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell closed out the interview with Weinstein by asking him what people in Hollywood want from politicians who they donate money to.

“Usually, and it’s not always the case, Hollywood is liberal and I think that Hollywood wants somebody to care about the country, care about the middle-class,” Weinstein who has been described as a “Democratic mega-donor,” explained. “So I think that they want to protect the ideals of the country. I hope.”