Reports of powerful men sexually abusing women using their position, their wealth, and their influence dismay women across the country. Hollywood power broker Harvey Weinstein fell from his pedestal after allegations of his innumerable sexual attacks against and even rapes of young women just looking for a job. Yet, what is the difference between Weinstein and this man respected by millions of Americans?
MSNBC’s host of All In With Chris Hayes compared the accusations against Weinstein and the nation’s president on his Tuesday show. He reminded us of the infamous Access Hollywood tape that released a torrent of disgusting, sexually condemning language in Trump’s own words. The host, Billy Baldwin, lost his job. Donald Trump became president. BBC reported that on the tape, the real estate mogul said:
‘I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p**sy. You can do anything.’
Granted, Wikileaks spilled a flood of Hillary Clinton’s emails into the public mere hours after the foul Trump tape emerged, but that should not have erased the dialogue about Trump. Hayes said that “everyone remembers that tape:”
‘The President of the United States, almost exactly one year ago the famous Access Hollywood was released, which we don’t need to play because everyone remembers that tape, but what is not always remembered is what happened right after that tape was released. Woman after woman came forward, nearly a dozen in all, accusing Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior and sexual assault.’
Then, Hayes reminded us of all the women who had condemned Trump during the presidential campaign. Women with their attorneys and even one underage girl came forward with allegations. One clip showed a women the New York Times interviewed. She accused Trump of sexually assaulting her as they sat side-by-side on an airplane.
True to form, when these women challenged the billionaire, he punched down viciously 10 times harder. A number of women rescinded their claims, a few dropping their lawsuits because they said they feared for their lives. Trump called the women “liars” and said that he would sue them.
Check out this video of Hayes’ report on allegations of Donald Trump’s sexual misconduct via YouTube:
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