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Resentment over Trump election helped fuel Weinstein case

By David Crary and Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th, 2018 @ 3:20pm



NEW YORK (AP) — Throughout much of 2017, millions of American women remained resentful that Donald Trump, who'd bragged about sexually assaulting women, had been elected president.

Then came an electrifying moment: detailed allegations that another powerful man had sexually assaulted or harassed dozens of women over decades as a leading Hollywood producer.

Kathy Spillar is executive director of the Feminist Majority Foundation. She says the reaction to the case that helped launch the #MeToo movement "was like throwing a match into a bucket of kerosene."

Spillar and other observers suggest that the response related directly to Trump's election and to the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape.

For many women, the reports about Weinstein in October offered a rare promise that a serial predator with immense prestige and clout might be held accountable.

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