Well, Trump has done it again! Yesterday on Twitter, he took the #MeToo movement to task, accusing them (justifiably) of ruining people’s lives. I’ll quote the entire tweet, for the record:
People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
Okay, fair enough. Some allegations are deliberately false, and there is little recourse for the falsely accused (especially if they’re a straight, white male). But “due process”? That’s only available in a court of law, not the Twitterverse. As for the “mere allegations,” I think the allegations made by Rob Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, which were backed up by that photo of a nasty black eye are pretty substantial, barring some Fight Club style self-harm.
Honestly, I don’t disagree with his statement. But for him, as the President of the U.S., in a scandal involving his own administration, maybe he should lay off taking sides. Especially when he’s clearly taking the side of a man who’s been accused by 3 independent sources of mental and physical spousal abuse.
People, of course, went into overdrive with their criticisms, but the most notable so far is Sen. Kirsten “The Clapback” Gillibrand. Here’s what she tweeted in response:
The President has shown through words and actions that he doesn’t value women. It’s not surprising that he doesn’t believe survivors or understand the national conversation that is happening. The lives of survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse are being shattered every day. If he wants due process for the over dozen sexual assault allegations against him, let’s have Congressional hearings tomorrow. I would support that and my colleagues should too.
Oh, she went there with the “allegations against him.” FYI, Trump and Gillibrand have had a rocky relationship since 2017, when he tweeted this blunt-force truth on December 12.
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”
Oh, that Donnie….for a “Republican,” he has balls, all right, I’ll give him that.
I’ve been waiting for Trump to respond to Gillibrand’s challenge, but all that’s happened so far is an appearance by White House pitbull Kellyanne Conway, who appeared this morning on ABC’s This Week.
“Those accusers have had their day on your network and elsewhere for a long time.”
Oh, just wait; it gets better, as it always does with Conway.
“They were trotted out again late last year. And I don’t need a lecture from Kirsten Gillibrand or anybody else who protected and defended and harbored a sitting president who had sexual relations in the Oval Office and was impeached for lying.”
No, she’s not overly defensive, as so many women have falsely accused President Trump and others of similar actions, but note the masterful shade, bringing up Dirty Bill, by the way, but here’s the problem. Gillibrand wasn’t elected to Congress until 2007, six years after Clinton left office. So how could she have “protected and defended and harbored” Clinton, or any other president? I’m no fan of Slick Willy or Lightweight Gillibrand, but there’s plenty of factual evidence to use against both, so I can only assume her (likely Millennial) assistant chose to eat a Tide pod as they were fact-checking Conway’s statements.
But let’s get back to the real issue — how is the President dealing with these disturbing allegations of spousal abuse? Once again, Conway comes through with her own special brand of damage control.
“There are a lot of, I think, unsourced stories out there, but when it comes to those two individuals, the President has full confidence in their performance.”
I know Conway’s doing her job, but I’d like to imagine she really doesn’t believe either is guiltless. At any rate, I’ll look forward to any charming replies from President Trump concerning “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.” Knowing Trump’s Twitter addiction, it’s only a matter of time, and God knows he’s one of the only politicians worth following on the platform (Besides Rand Paul).