Gretchen Carlson: ‘Incredibly Proud’ If I Gave Any of Weinstein’s Accusers Courage to Speak Out

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson appeared on CNN’s The Lead this afternoon to discuss her new book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, which is the ex-Fox & Friends star’s personal message on stopping workplace sexual harassment.

After carefully commenting on her former network’s hypocrisy regarding its outrage over the Harvey Weinstein scandal and comparing President Donald Trump’s past comments and actions to that of the disgraced Hollywood mogul, Carlson told anchor Jake Tapper how honored she was if she helped influence any of Weinstein’s accusers to speak out.

Tapper highlighted that media executive Lauren Zalaznick has credited Carlson for paving the way for women to go public against their harassers, pointing to Carlson’s lawsuit against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes. “That must make you feel pretty good,” Tapper added.

“It does,” Carlson responded. “Listen, I’m incredibly proud if I gave any of those Weinstein women the courage to come forward.”

She continued, “I’ve heard from thousands of these women across the country. It was the impetus for the book. It’s pervasive. It’s across every single profession from waitresses to wall street bankers. It’s everywhere.”

She went on to thank Tapper for helping to shine a light on the issue of sexual harassment, telling him that “we need men like you in this fight.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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