Recently, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) was accused of sexual misconduct by a previous coworker, who says he kissed her without her consent in 2006. He has since apologized, which she accepted.
Yet that didn’t stopped Donald Trump from commenting on it. Neither did his own list of over a dozen women accusing him of the same and worse – and Trump is on tape describing himself sexually assaulting women. He’s been accused of rape, attempted rape, and sexual harassment so many times it’s hard to keep track of them all.
Today, Trump tweeted the following:
After failing to speak out against Roy Moore, and calling all of his own accusers liars, what Trump is doing here could not be more obvious. To Trump, women who have undergone harassment are either liars or tools. If he can use you – say, as props at a debate, or to attack a Democratic Senator on twitter, he will. But when it comes to actual justice, he could not care less. He only stands up for women if it’s good for his political agenda.
Mr Trump’s comments about a tape have, however, drawn attention to the fact that the US President was himself accused of sexual assault by 16 women, and was captured on tape in 2005 boasting to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about sexual assault.
In comments that rocked the US presidential race after they became public in September 2016, Mr Trump said of women that he could “grab them by the p***y” as he was a “star”.
The 70-year-old has long threatened to sue the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters the administration’s official position is that all 16 women are lying.
Mr Trump has also declined to speak out against Republican Senate nominee for Alabama Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual assault against a teenager.
Mr Franken has apologised for his conduct and asked for an ethics investigation into his own actions.
Franken asked for an investigation into himself. Trump called all of the women, describing behavior he himself has admitted to, liars.
Twitter immediately reminded Trump of his own history:
— i am the RESISTANCE (@mrmichaels1) November 17, 2017
— #BernieShldBPrez (@Jack_Shih_tzu) November 17, 2017
— Nancy (@DuffnsunNancy) November 17, 2017
Really, for Trump, the Access Hollywood tapes were just a continuation of a decades-long trend. He’s been disrespecting and abusing women since at least the 80s. He’s publicly disparaged his wife, “joked” about dating teenagers beneath the age of consent, said “you have to treat ’em like sh*t” when speaking of women, described himself as an “easily bored” chauvinist when comparing women to buildings, made multiple sexual comments about his own daughter, and walked in on naked teens at a pageant. He’s a pig.
Donald Trump has absolutely no moral standing on this issue. His comments actually damage victims of sexual misconduct further, by attempting to use them as political props when the reality is that he’s the worst predator of them all.
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