Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and a few are false. Some are outdated and a few are new. There isn’t any restoration for somebody falsely accused – life and profession are gone. Is there no such factor any longer as Due Course of?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
Trump supplied no phrases of concern for Porter’s alleged victims, or any consolation for the way their lives have been shattered or destroyed. As a substitute, he selected to aspect with the accused on the expense of the ladies.
That is what we now have come to count on from Trump. His response wasn’t an outlier; it was per a person who at all times offers the good thing about the doubt to highly effective, white and Republican males. In Donald Trump’s paradigm, no ladies are harmless. They’re asking for it.
When the face of Fox Information, Invoice O’Reilly, was besieged with accusations of misconduct towards quite a few ladies, Trump publicly stated that “I don’t assume Invoice did something improper.”
When the mind of Fox Information, Roger Ailes, was confronted with dozens of sexual harassment allegations, Trump questioned the victims’ motives, saying on NBC’s Meet the Press, “I can inform you that a number of the ladies which might be complaining, I understand how a lot he’s helped them, and even just lately. … And now, swiftly, they’re saying these horrible issues about him. … It’s very unhappy as a result of he’s an excellent particular person.”
When then-Trump marketing campaign supervisor Corey Lewandowski obtained right into a bodily altercation that left a bruise on then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields’ wrist, Trump responded by saying, “I feel it’s a really very unhappy day on this nation when a person could possibly be destroyed over one thing like that.”
When bombshell allegations of sexual misconduct with youngsters detonated Roy Moore’s Senate marketing campaign in Alabama, the president of the United States stood by him, saying, “He completely denies it. He says it didn’t occur. And , you must take heed to him additionally.”
And after a minimum of 13 women have publicly come forward with credible allegations of inappropriate bodily contact by the president himself, the White Home has incredibly claimed that each one 13 of those ladies are mendacity.
If that’s nonetheless not sufficient of an perception into how Trump views and values ladies, look no additional than how he has made a mockery of his marriage vows to his present spouse, Melania. Stephanie Clifford, also referred to as Stormy Daniels, alleges she and Trump had a sexual relationship simply months after Melania gave start to the couple’s son.
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen confirmed making a $130,000 cost to the porn star as a part of an settlement to maintain the alleged affair quiet.
In accordance with an explosive expose in The New Yorker, this was a sample of habits for Trump. On the identical time he was spending time with Daniels, he started an affair with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, the outlet reported. Like in Daniels’ case, Trump allies orchestrated a six-figure deal for McDougal, who says the settlement retains her from talking about her relationship with Trump.
For Trump, ladies are objects that exist for his pleasure ― issues he can hire and repay.
But amid dozens of sexual assault allegations towards highly effective males, Trump had the audacity to say this in November:
Ladies are very particular. I feel it’s a really particular time, loads of issues are popping out and I feel that’s good for our society and I feel it’s very, superb for girls and I’m very joyful loads of these items are popping out. I’m very joyful it’s being uncovered.”
Two issues stand out to me:
1.) Trump appears to encompass himself with lots of people who’ve a historical past of sexual harassment, misconduct or abuse.
2.) Trump truthfully believes that it’s at all times the girl’s fault.
Through the peak of the Roger Ailes scandal, Trump was asked by a USA Right now columnist, Kirsten Powers, “What if somebody had handled Ivanka in the best way Ailes allegedly behaved?” Trump’s response: “I want to assume she would discover one other profession or one other firm if that was the case.”
That reply unpacks all the things we have to find out about how the president views the position of girls in our society.
Even when it have been his personal daughter, Trump believes the onus is on her to make a change, not the person harassing her. Trump believes it’s the girl who must discover a new job or profession ― revealing he inherently doesn’t view the position of girls within the office as equal to males.
It’s why he felt empowered to assault Megyn Kelly after she pressed him at a debate on his exhaustive historical past of creating misogynistic and sexist feedback.
It’s why that sample continued when Trump took to Twitter to attack “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, calling her, amongst different issues, “low I.Q.”
And it’s why, two months in the past, Trump tweeted a sexually suggestive smear towards Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who occurs to be one of many nation’s main voices towards sexual harassment.
In males like Ailes, O’Reilly, Lewandowski and Porter, Trump sees part of himself ― and his intuition to leap to their protection is absolutely an act of self-preservation.
Trump’s emotional fragility and private historical past with sexual misconduct allegations have created a assemble the place he’ll at all times aspect with the person as a result of he’s inherently afraid of empowering ladies. On the coronary heart of any abuse towards ladies lie large insecurities harbored by cowardly males. These males appear to delude themselves into considering that the one technique to compensate for his or her lack of mind, skill, circumstance or place is to focus on and assault a lady.
That explains why Trump has surrounded himself with such an alarmingly excessive variety of males who’ve a historical past of abuse in direction of ladies. In males like Ailes, O’Reilly, Lewandowski and Porter, Trump sees part of himself ― and his intuition to leap to their protection is absolutely an act of self-preservation.
Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has his personal history with allegations of domestic abuse, just lately told author Joshua Green that the #MeToo motion may take down Trump. Irony apart, Trump appears to agree with Bannon’s evaluation. He’s unwilling to provide any floor to any lady, for concern that doing so would be the starting of his finish.
Sadly for him, ladies might lastly be ready to take it for themselves.
Kurt Bardella is a HuffPost columnist and a contributor to USA Right now and NBC THINK. He’s a former spokesperson for Rep. Darrell Issa, then-Sen. Olympia Snowe, then-Rep. Brian Bilbray, the Home Oversight and Authorities Reform Committee and Breitbart Information. Observe him on Twitter @KurtBardella.
- This text initially appeared on HuffPost.