No one will ever accuse Joe Biden of beating around the bush or being vague. During a speech on sexual assault yesterday at Rutgers University, the former vice president laid into Harvey Weinstein and his actions, which have reignited the sexual assault discussion and elevated it to international levels.
"Sexual abuse is not about sex, it's about power," Biden said. "It's about the abuse of power. And it's about the deeply embedded attitudes in our culture." Narrowing his speaking subject from the broader problem of rampant sexual abuse to Weinstein himself, Biden pulled no punches. "It is my hope there are more consequences, that the statute hasn't run out," he said. "This man deserves more than to lose his company."
Earlier this week Biden grouped Weinstein together with Donald Trump as examples of men who are still allowed to prosper in business, our country, and the world, despite predatory allegations and accounts from victims and witnesses.
"While we have made progress together, we know that violence and the abuse of power still persist today. We've recently seen that in stark relief in the disgusting conduct and behavior or a very powerful figure in Hollywood. A man who had the power to make or break the career of a number of very talented actors. A man who used that power in a disgusting and immoral way. Because of the bravery of so many courageous women speaking out, putting their careers still at risk to save other women, this disgusting behavior, at least on the part of Harvey Weinstein, has been brought to an abrupt and justifiable end."