The word “hypocrite” isn’t nearly strong enough to describe the depravity of those who milk allegations of sexual assault for their political benefit, while turning a blind eye to those abuses within their own party.
There’s a better description. They’re sexual exploiters.
Cue up GOP Chairwomen Ronna Romney McDaniel. Soon after the New York Times broke the news about sexual assault claims against Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein, she blasted Democrats for their association and acceptance of donations from the Hollywood producer. When CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked her about complaints women have made against President Trump she said, “It’s not even comparable…To even make that comparison is disrespectful to the president.”
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Oh? Let’s take a look at the transcripts, Chairwoman.
Here’s what Trump said in the 2005 Access Hollywood tapes:
You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — 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 ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.
Here is a portion of the gut-wrenching exchange between Weinstein and Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, taped as part of a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015, as revealed in an investigation published by the New Yorker.
WEINSTEIN: Honey, don’t have a fight with me in the hallway.
GUTIERREZ: It’s not nothing, it’s—
WEINSTEIN: Please. I’m not gonna do anything. I swear on my children. Please come in. On everything. I’m a famous guy.
GUTIERREZ: I’m, I’m feeling very uncomfortable right now.
WEINSTEIN: Please come in. And one minute. And if you wanna leave when the guy comes with my jacket, you can go.
GUTIERREZ: Why yesterday you touch my breast?
WEINSTEIN: Oh, please. I’m sorry. Just come on in. I’m used to that.
GUTIERREZ: You’re used to that?
WEINSTEIN: Yes, come in.
Both men were caught on tape saying their fame and fortune gave them the ability to prey on women. I’d say that’s pretty comparable, wouldn’t you?
In her CNN interview McDaniel also said that President Trump “didn’t have eight settlements, he didn’t have women coming forward,” like Weinstein. Oh, really? McDaniel is right about the settlements (as far as we know), but she says there were no women coming forward to talk about how they were harassed by Trump? Did she happen to miss the most explosive month of the entire 2016 campaign?
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In light of the Access Hollywood tapes becoming public, about a dozen women came forward in October 2016 claiming they were harassed by Trump. A dozen. Former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos said Trump invited her to dinner and then he “started kissing me open-mouthed.” Former Miss USA Temple Taggart said Trump also gave her an unwanted kiss on the mouth. Other beauty contestants reported that Trump watched them undress. Kristen Anderson said Trump stuck his hand up her skirt at a nightclub in Manhattan. The list goes on. In response, Trump denied the allegations and called the comments he made on the Access Hollywood tape “locker room talk.”
Their stories were dismissed outright by Trump and his GOP supporters, while at the very same time, they hammered their presidential rival Hillary Clinton as an “enabler” and plotted out a tawdry press conference with Bill Clinton’s accusers before the St. Louis presidential debate.
It’s pretty hard to come to any other conclusion than GOP leadership cares about women only when women accuse Democrats and can be used as cannon fodder against their opponents.
Case in point: Fox News’s Sean Hannity blasted the Democrats for their hypocrisy in taking contributions from Weinstein and failing to condemn him in strong enough terms. “It’s the typical selective moral outrage we have come to expect from the left,” he wrote in an op-ed adapted from his monologue. “The nation is divided culturally because the left is hypocritical and inconsistent. They only feign moral outrage when it suits their political agenda.”
Apparently, Hannity’s Fox News studio lacks a mirror to look at himself in. While many top Democrats, though frustratingly slow to condemn Weinstein, are finally speaking out, Hannity continues to provide plenty of cover for Trump at a network rocked by the longtime allegations of abuse of women perpetrated by former CEO Roger Ailes. And, here’s the real rub: last month Hannity hosted former Fox host Bill O’Reilly who was ousted from the network over … the public disclosure of sexual harassment claims made against him.
See what I mean about how the word “hypocrisy” doesn’t even begin to describe the head-desking, stomach-curdling abyss of morality that continues to plague our politics and media? For far too long, this has been how the game is played. The GOP big-mouths and campaign hacks would rather play politics with sexual abuse than do anything meaningful to stand up to it.
On a hopeful note, attention is finally being paid to these myriad sexual assault allegations, which can help bring an end to the abuse of women. My question is, when will the political exploitation of women begin to come to an end as well?
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