“Why didn’t he stand up for our country?” Clinton said of President Trump during his recent summit in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin.
Hillary Clinton, Cynthia Nixon and Rose McGowan were just some of the big names headlining OZY Fest 2018 in New York City’s Central Park, where all three women targeted the president and his administration, with Nixon and McGowan also taking special aim at Harvey Weinstein.
The two-day food, music, and culture festival put on by the digital media group, Ozy, brought out its biggest headliners to date, with large crowds of New Yorkers and out-of-towners hoping to catch a glimpse of the 2016 presidential nominee as the sun began to go down.
The former secretary of state wasted no time, quickly jumping into the Trump administration’s latest controversy in the implementation and now reunification of the children separated from their families while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We have decades and decades of proof that absorbing immigrants, creating opportunities that takes advantage of our diversity, and opening the doors has been to our advantage. And to those who want to turn the clock back on that and say somehow that it has hurt America, then they’re not walking around with their eyes open,” Clinton said in a conversation with Emerson Collective founder Lauren Powell Jobs.
Clinton also addressed her thoughts on President Trump’s recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where Trump initially sided with the former KGB agent over the various U.S. intelligence agencies who have since concluded that the foreign country did in fact interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
“Why didn’t he stand up for our country?” Clinton said. “In this case it doesn’t seem like our president cares, he’s trying to be friends with Putin for reasons we are all trying to figure out.”
Current mayoral candidate for New York State and former Sex and the City star, Nixon, also spoke on the current immigration crisis, saying, “We need to abolish [Immigration Customs Enforcement] but until we do that we can and must do a better job, shielding our immigrant families from ICE.”
Nixon also went into the disconnect in the justice system, specifically when it came to Weinstein and the numerous charges he is currently facing after decades of sexual assault allegations came to light in late 2017.
“We can’t have two systems of justice, one for people like Harvey Weinstein, who is accused of many heinous crimes but because he has a million dollars is out in a few hours,” Nixon said. “We have another system of justice for a young man like Kalief Browder, who was accused of stealing a backpack and spent three years in Rikers [Island.]”
One of Weinstein’s accusers, McGowan, also spoke about the movie mogul at the festival.
When asked by Fay Schlesinger, the managing editor of Ozy Media, why McGowan chose to name Weinstein, when women, like literary author Roxane Gay, decided against naming their alleged perpetrators, claiming it empowers them, the former Charmed actress began to tear up while saying, “I don’t think there is any right way to out a rapist, I was dealing with a very different type of human being who was getting penis injections to go into rooms and rape.”
Weinstein and his lawyers have numerously denied any and all allegations made against him by McGowan and other Hollywood actresses who worked with him.
McGowan also spoke on President Trump saying that what he’s done is “helpful” in bringing out the truth and in “pointing out” what sexism and racism is.
“As horrified as so many of us are in living in these scary times, all the stuff he’s doing and has been doing, he’s telling the truth by being it, it’s scary as f— but he is showing us who he is,” McGowan said.