Last week, it came out that Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama Roy Moore had sexually harassed and assaulted minors while working in the U.S. District Attorney’s office in Alabama some decades ago. Moore has faced a slowly but surely increasing tide of calls for him to step aside.
One political figure to have stayed relatively quiet on the allegations against Roy Moore is President Donald Trump, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why. Besides the Trumps associating themselves with serial abusers like Bill O’Reilly, Trump himself has faced serious accusations of sexual assault and harassment.
These allegations have been bolstered by remarks that Trump himself made, which were caught on tape and released just before the election last year. The release of the tapes of him making the remarks in question didn’t sink his candidacy as was predicted — although a journalist who appeared with him in the recordings lost his job.
Thanks to the power of the internet, in that it barely ever lets anything posted to it fade away, a tweet that Trump posted some years ago has now come to light in which he defends dating much younger women.
Although he doesn’t specifically condone dating women as young as the ones Roy Moore harassed and assaulted, all of whom were under 18 years old, Trump does contribute to the far right subset of U.S. culture that is emboldened in their support of Roy Moore by the allegations of pedophilia. In the world of Trump and Roy Moore, women, no matter their age, are treated like nothing but toys.
Trump’s Twitter post is in response to an allegation from someone with the handle “@rexrode_lisa,” who wrote:’
‘you date girls young enough to be your daughter. That’s perverted.’
Trump’s response was short, with him first correcting the Twitter user’s phrasing, saying he dated, and did not presently date, such individuals, adding the comment “No, that’s talent” in response to the Twitter user’s allegation of perversion.
This tweet is, of course, far from the first time that Trump has stated something sickening like this.
Besides the already mentioned tapes released just before the election, Trump also went on record at one point saying that he would date Ivanka, his daughter, if the two of them weren’t related.
Trump made a series of similar remarks in successive appearances on the Howard Stern show.
Trump hasn’t only undercut American women through his belligerent disrespect; he’s also done so through attacking women’s health care programs in the U.S. and abroad.
Although Trump has yet to face any serious political repercussions for his behavior, Roy Moore just might, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell being the most recent individual to assert that he should drop out of the race.
It’s too late for Moore to be replaced on the ballot, but McConnell told reporters today that he has been examining the possibility of propping someone up as a Republican write-in candidate.
Numerous GOP Senators besides McConnell have (finally) stated that Moore should step aside.
Check out Twitter’s response to the newly resurfaced Trump tweet condoning going after much younger women below.
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