One day after casino mogul Steve Wynn, the Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee, resigned amid reports that he engaged in serial sexual harassment and assault, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Republicans should avoid a “double standard” and return any money raised by Wynn.
“We should do of ourselves what we ask of the Democratic Party if these allegations have merit,” Graham said on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
“We should return the money like we asked of the Democrats,” Graham added, referring to demands by Republicans that the Democratic Party and all Democratic officials return money from Harvey Weinstein, the film producer and major donor to Democrats, who was fired from his company and banned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following shocking allegations of repeated sexual assault.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) also said Sunday that the money should be returned.
But the double standards already appear to be at play.
Following Wynn’s resignation on Saturday, RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a 12-word statement that made no mention of whether funds would be returned or of the women who alleged they were assaulted by Wynn.
“Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair,” the statement read.
As ThinkProgress previously reported, McDaniel’s statement on Wynn is especially surprising when compared to her statement on Weinstein, in which she argued that “if Democrats and the DNC truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning this dirty money should be a no-brainer.”