No Donald, Al Franken’s Sex Crimes Don’t Get You Off the Hook

Donald Trump is the master of distraction, a bonafide expert in creating so much chaos around him that no one can remember the last appalling thing he did forcing us to move on to whatever he did today. 

As ‘liberal’ Hollywood reels from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and prominent Democrats have been named and shamed for their own sex crimes against women, Trump seized the opportunity last night to distract his supporters from the multiple allegations of rape and sexual assault leveled against him over the years. Al Franken provided him the cover, and Trump greedily lapped it up with the following unfathomably shameless tweets: 

To think that a man caught admitting to grabbing women “by the pussy”, whose own wife accused him of rape and has had multiple women accuse him of violent sexual assault would have the gall to criticize someone else for a significantly less serious crime is, well, unbelievable. This isn’t to minimize Al Franken’s crime or what happened to Leeann Tweeden — it was disgusting and completely inappropriate — but Trump’s behavior is punishable by actual jail time. Trump knows this, but understands that if he sows enough confusion and distraction, his crimes will get overlooked and he’ll continue his mission wrecking the country and degrading the office he holds. 

It is difficult to say whether Trump’s history of sexual violence will catch up to him given he has survived thus far. His ability to stay alive during toxic situations is legendary and no matter how bad it seems, his not-so-bright diehard supporters will never, ever leave his side making him incredibly difficult to get rid of. But the tide is turning and America is in the midst of a social upheaval the likes of which have never been seen before. Women are rising and they are taking no prisoners this time. No matter what else is happening politically, the allegations of sexual assault just keep on coming, and the entire country is fixated on high profile naming and shaming that is sparing absolutely no one. The bigger the names who fall to this much needed societal correction, the better. Because at some point we will have no choice but to finally hold the man who started this whole movement to account. The Women’s March on Washington was the beginning of this whole painful process, and it is slowly but surely working its way to the very top. 

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.

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