The tsunami of accusations of sexual assault/harassment/abuse against high-profile men in virtually all walks of life have largely been believed to be credible, particularly when women have gone on the record. The same can’t be said of those against President Trump. In fact, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently confirmed that the administration maintains that the women—all 16 of them—are lying.
How does Trump enjoy such immunity? The answer may be simple. This is a man for whom a certain sector of the American people suspends its reality. The “repeal and replace” plans would have stripped them of their care? They don’t care. The constant and daily barrage of lies coming from the White House? Just more “fake news.”
How can this be? The women who accuse Trump have gone on the record, putting themselves out there, at risk for being called a liar, a whore, or worse. The list of women who say Trump’s behavior ranged from inappropriate (waltzing into the dressing room of the Miss America pageant) to assault (forced sexual touching) is longer than those of other alleged predators with the exception of Harvey Weinstein who leaves people wondering when he has time to make movies.
The men in other walks of life who have been accused have faced swift repercussions. Weinstein, Mark Halperin, Louis CK, Kevin Spacey, André Balazs, Steven Seagal, Jeffrey Tambor, Ed Westwick, Brett Ratner, Jeremy Piven, Michael Oreskes, Andy Dick, Hamilton Fish, Stephan Collins, Rick Najera, John Besh, Chris Savino, Roy Price and others have been ostracized and/or suffered severe career damage. For details, there is an informative Time article.
Alabama Republican US Sen. Roy Moore is somewhere in between as of this writing. Republican party leaders and current senators have been mealy-mouthed about the situation saying Moore should withdraw, “if the allegations are true.” (John McCain is the righteous outlier on this as well, saying Moore should scram).
The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 9, 2017
As much as the country may have returned to its senses this past Tuesday, it’s amazing that Teflon Don continues to be insulated from consequences for his misogynistic and predatory behavior.