Probably. Sure, it is not quite as bad to hang with a sexual harasser than be one, Donald. But if the the various Dems who buddied up to Weinstein knew of his history of sexual harassment, then they ought to be criticized. It is not just the right thing to do but also good politics--because the party that says it stands for women should stand for women. It is pretty simple. I doubt that Obama knew of Weinstein's history because he sent his daughter to work there, but I have no idea how well known Weinstein's reputation was outside of Hollywood.
The problem is that when someone does this kind of stuff, there is a conspiracy of silence--that many people know but don't tell, so that newcomers don't know and then find out the bad way. When I outed one of my former colleagues as a serial sexual harasser, a few things happened:
- Plenty of former students registered their non-surprise and shared their stories.
- Plenty of colleagues of the harasser registered their surprise--yep, despite decades of engaging in this behavior and despite many graduate students knowing and warning others about it, faculty were in the dark.
- I started getting stories from students, past and present, about other harassers about whom I had no idea.
And, yes, I feel strongly about this because I have seen students harmed by sexual harassment and departments' cultures poisoned by it. This stuff is not going away, as power -> entitlement --> exploitation/coercion --> damage.
Oh, and if the GOP folks get high and mighty, it is just a sham given that they ran away from and ran back to Trump in days. Trump's latest stance on women's issues--allowing states to cut birth control from insurance programs--should remind us that whatever sins the Democrats have on women's issues, they pale in comparison to the misogynist in chief.