Donald Trump is starting to see the power in the #MeToo movement, and the power in the women who firmly believe that the time is up for the patriarchy and misogyny that has plagued us for so long. Trump is scared and his tactic to divert attention away is to rush to defend those accused of injustices against women — to continue the cycle of ignoring and/or blaming the accuser. This blatant tactic can be seen in the way he is standing by his man, accused abuser Rob Porter.
Trump is being an “enabler” to Porter … the same word he called Hillary Clinton for staying with Bill Clinton, whom he dubbed “the greatest woman abuser of all time.” With Porter, we have domestic violence cases from two ex-wives, Jennie Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, along with photographic evidence of the abuse — not that a photo should be necessary to prove it. Porter was forced to resign and Trump was driven to support him and call out how great a job he was doing.
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office about about Porter, Trump said, “We wish him well, he worked very hard. We found out about it recently and I was surprised by it, but we certainly wish him well and it’s a tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career and he will have a great career ahead of him.”
Trump is trying to get us to feel sorry for him. Poor Porter. Trump has made him out to be the victim.
Trump continued: “But it was very sad when we heard about it and certainly he’s also very sad now. He also, as you probably know, says he’s innocent and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent so you have to talk to him about that, but we absolutely wish him well, he did a very good job when he was at the White House.”
He doesn’t mention the women who accuse Porter of domestic abuse — and all they are dealing with. He just goes full-on defense mode. Then, carefully without using the hashtag MeToo, Trump bashes the movement on Twitter, this time with bolder words because he’s behind the keyboard.
On Saturday, he wrote, “lives are being shattered and destroyed by mere allegations.” Notice that Trump used the word “mere” when referencing domestic violence. His attempt at minimizing women’s experiences shouldn’t sit well with anyone. This type of behavior, on all fronts, cannot be tolerated. Trump just seemed so concerned for Porter’s future in his tweets as well, writing, “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
Due process must only matter if it’s a Republican because Trump was gloating when news of Senator Al Franken’s indiscretions broke. “The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?” Trump tweeted. “And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women,” he also wrote.
Trump hasn’t mentioned one word about the photograph of Holderness with a black eye.
Trump’s audacity to chime in on the very topic that haunts him reveals how blasé he is on this very important and troubling matter. This is his attempt to manipulate and control the public’s thoughts on the matter. He also seems to think nothing will come out of the fact that 19 women have accused him of sexual misconduct. This detail needs to be worked into daily conversation, not buried. The patriarch is cracking and Trump knows it.
While Trump defends Porter, let’s also recall how he supported Roy Moore, a Republican and alleged pedophile and sexual predator. We also can’t forget his defense of Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and Corey Lewandowski. And of course himself. It’s all just locker room talk, right? Guys being guys.
Trump hates women and Democrats most, and in that order. He is a man who likes to grab women by the pussy because he thinks he can without asking. The rest of us are trying to change the unjust society we live in where women are abused and their outfits are to blame. #MeToo is working — it has rattled the President — and the fact that he is white and male isn’t going to continue to serve him and allow him or anyone passes anymore. More women are running for office than ever before. We’re marching in the streets with plans and we’re not giving up. Trump’s going to continue to not mention the victims — the survivors — because he wants to paint the picture of the man facing injustice. It’s a strategy that has worked well for him so far, but we cannot and will not let it anymore. Women are the best defense against the misogynist in chief and all those who work with him. His hypocrisy on this topic (as well as so many others) needs to be called out often. While he won against one woman — Hillary — he isn’t going to win with a more unified army of women and our allies.