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Patton Oswalt Explains The Disturbing Truth About Donald Trump And Harvey Weinstein

While promoting his upcoming Netflix special Annihilation in a phone interview with HuffPost, comedian Patton Oswalt drew parallels between the accusations leveled against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Weinstein was fired from his position as co-founder of The Weinstein Company this past Sunday, after allegations of decades of sexual harassment and assault came to light. 

Despite more than a dozen sexual assault accusations against him, Donald Trump is President.

Oswalt highlighted how similar the accusations feel:

You know, how weird must it be to be a woman and hear all the stuff about Harvey Weinstein this week. Then you flash back to last year and go, we literally heard this exact same s*** about our president and we elected him anyway.

Oswalt continued:

How surreal and terrifying must that be if you’re a woman in this country. How must that feel?

President Trump was at the center of a controversy just prior to his election when an anonymous source leaked a video of Trump proudly admitting to sexual assault. Unaware he was being recorded, Trump told Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that "when you’re a star, they let you do it,” in reference to inappropriately groping women. When the video surfaced, Bush was fired from his job at NBC. Donald Trump went on to become President.

*Warning: Video contains graphic language*

Oswalt acknowledged he can't understand what it's like to be a woman at this point in our history:

Especially as a straight white male, I can be upset by Trump but I’m not being directly attacked and mocked by him. By the President! I’ll never know what that feels like.
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It would be beyond insulting for me to go, ’Man, I totally get ― no ― I don’t, I actually don’t. I’m admitting, I cannot imagine that depth of despair and anger. I just can’t. It’s just beyond me, how people can function.

Oswalt has also spoken out on Twitter against the double standard:

Twitter
Twitter

When a reporter asked Trump about the accusations against Weinstein, he responded nonchalantly:

I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time. I’m not at all surprised to see it.

A reporter, thinking along the same lines as Oswalt, asked the President a great question:

His response will most likely leave Oswalt unsatisfied:

H/T - Huffpost, The New York Times