- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2017

CNN’s Van Jones has called on first daughter Ivanka Trump to speak out against Bill O’Reilly and his sexual harassment settlements, arguing that President Trump’s defense of the Fox News host is spitting in the eye of the conservative women who voted for him.

“Where is ‘warrior for women’ Ivanka Trump? Where is she?” Mr. Jones, a former adviser to then-President Barack Obama, said Wednesday on his CNN town hall series “The Messy Truth.”

“She says she wants to use her platform for good. Well, good. Your dad just spat in the face of the very women who gave you and your family that platform. I am sure that your fellow conservative women would like to hear from you now, and so would the rest of us,” he said.

The New York Times reported Saturday that five different women who accused Mr. O’Reilly of a range of inappropriate behavior, including verbal abuse and unwanted advances, had received settlements totaling about $13 million from either Mr. O’Reilly or 21st Century Fox in lawsuits dating back to 2002.

Mr. O’Reilly has denied the allegations, saying he reached the settlements in order to protect his children from public scrutiny. Since the report, more than 30 companies have yanked commercials from “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Mr. Trump on Wednesday defended Mr. O’Reilly as a “good person” who may have made a mistake in settling those sexual harassment claims.

“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” the president told The New York Times during an interview in the Oval Office.

“I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled,” he said. “Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”

Mr. Jones argued Wednesday that Mr. Trump owes his success to the conservative female voters who elected him over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, “and those are the kinds of women, it’s pretty safe to assume, [who] work at Fox News.”

“Donald Trump owes conservative women everything. They came out for him in droves. They stopped Hillary Clinton, and they put him in power,” he said. “Now look at Trump, throwing conservative women under the bus. His own core supporters without even giving them two seconds of a fair hearing. Zero loyalty to the women who got him into the White House. That’s got to be devastating for Trump supporters.”

Mr. Jones also cited the president’s own track record with allegations of sexual harassment and his past criticism of former President Bill Clinton.

“When another Bill, Bill Clinton, was accused of similar stuff, Trump went on the warpath then, saying that the women were right and that Bill was wrong,” Mr. Jones said.


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