Anybody associated with President Donald Trump is being systematically cut out of public life. Meanwhile, at least one public relations professional who helped a sleazy criminal through his day of reckoning is being elevated to a prominent position.
President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Anita Dunn, who previously served as crisis communications consigliere for Hollywood mogul and sex offender Harvey Weinstein, to become a senior White House advisor, Breitbart reported. Dunn counseled Weinstein pro bono in 2017 as allegations of sexual misconduct poured in from more than 80 women.
Harvey Weinstein confidant Anita Dunn gets a job in the Biden White House pic.twitter.com/W11IazCfVh
— David Dayen (@ddayen) January 15, 2021
Besides Dunn’s experience dealing with allegedly predatory men, her qualifications also include a stint as White House communications director and chief strategist for former President Barack Obama. She is also credited with rehabilitating Biden’s image after his early mistakes in the run-up to the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential race.
During her time with Weinstein, dozens of women ranging from aspiring actresses all the way up to Hollywood A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie came forward with their store about a disturbing encounter with Weinstein and his sleazy behavior that seemed to be an open secret in the entertainment business. He was eventually sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault, the BBC reported.
Although Dunn severed her relationship with Weinstein after that time, she has yet to address the particulars of her role dealing with the public relations nightmare those allegations had caused for Weinstein. Still, Biden had no qualms about hiring her in April 2020 to help cover for his own blunders on the campaign trail.
“Anita Dunn brings decades of experience managing and winning political and advocacy campaigns and advising our nation’s leaders at the highest levels of government,” the Biden’s transition team said in a statement. The administration didn’t specify her exact role, but her experience may be useful in messaging for the new administration.
The allegations against Weinstein launched a firestorm with the #MeToo movement. The mantra of the movement was to “believe all women” until revelations about Biden’s own alleged misconduct surfaced during his campaign for the presidency. At least eight women had made allegations against him, but the media was suddenly skeptical if not completely silent on the charges when it came to Biden.
Even Dunn received flack from the movement after an advocacy group she was loosely affiliated with refused to publicize the story of Biden accuser Tara Reade. However, the left is always quick to forgive and forget once their candidate of choice has dethroned a Republican, and Dunn seems to be along for the ride. Of course, if Dunn is gifted at dealing with men of questionable character and covering for them, she may be the best person for a spot in the Biden administration.