Serially Sexually Abusive Hollywood Producer Weinstein Is A Pariah, While Sexually Abusive Trump…President???
Listening to the audio of the exchange between famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez as he tried to force her into his hotel room and just about admitted to previously having groped her breasts is cringe worthy. In the aftermath to follow with countless women coming forward to expose a pattern of Weinstein having sexually harassed and intimidated women into having sexual relations with him, taking advantage of the power he had over their careers sparked rightful national outrage.
In a similar fashion, Donald Trump was caught on video bragging to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about assaulting women in 2016 during the presidential campaign season. In the post election Trump Presidential turmoil that has ensued, perhaps some have forgotten, so below is a transcript (a couple words were altered for the sake of their obscenity but you should get the gist):
Trump: I moved on her, actually. You know, she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it.
Trump: I did try and f–k her. She was married.
Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. 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.
Bush: Whatever you want.
Trump: Grab ’em by the p—y. You can do anything.
So while Harvey Weinstein famously and justifiably became a national disgrace and pariah, loses his job, his company, and his wife, Trump wins the United States Presidency (albeit after having lost the popular vote), voted in by a rabid base that will accept ANY kind of behavior from Donald Trump, including:
Insulted John McCain’s POW experience, insulted a Gold Star Family, mocked a handicapped reported, incited violence against protesters at his campaign rallies, fired FBI DIrector James Comey for not demonstrating loyalty to him, tried to intimidate James Comey into silence by threatening to release secret recordings of their conversation, encouraged America’s intelligence chiefs to undermine the FBI’s Russia probe, accused London’s first Muslim mayor of being indifferent to terrorism hours after a terrorist attack in London, shared highly classified Israeli intelligence with Russian diplomats, abandoned an alliance with a longtime Middle East ally over Twitter, praised Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte for his policy of sanctioning the extrajudicial killings of thousands of suspected drug dealers and users, shoved the prime minister of Montenegro out of his way so that he could stand at the front of a group of NATO leaders, knowingly hired a paid agent of the Turkish government (Michael Flynn) as his national security adviser, had the State Department’s website advertise his Florida resort, had his daughter meet with the Chinese president the same day that her company won trademarks from the Chinese government, praised Bill O’Reilly after he was fired for serial sexual harassment days after declaring April “National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month,” baselessly accused his predecessor of illegally wiretapping his phones, suggested that being wiretapped by Barack Obama was the one thing he and the prime minister of Germany had in common, failed to staff nearly 2,000 vacant Executive branch positions, declared the mainstream media the “enemy of the American people,” held a nuclear strategy session in the public dining room of his Florida resort, declared the “court system” a threat to national security, publicly condemned a private company for dropping his daughter’s increasingly unpopular fashion line, created a diplomatic crisis with Australia and threatened to invade Mexico, defamed a hero of the civil-rights movement in a series of racist tweets…I could go on and on here, but my fingers are getting tired and I think you get the point.
The majority of Americans that lie outside of the Trump base keep waiting for the one final straw, the last unhinged Trump statement, deed, or personal attack that will be the tipping point that will withdraw their support for him. Sorry folks, I have news for you: that day will never come! The very same people who are most appalled by the actions of Harvey Weinstein looked the other way when it came to the same misogynistic, sexist, and abusive behavior as they voted for Donald Trump. These are the family value voters, the Evangelicals, and the God fearing, “moral” people of the American heartland that would never stand for a 3 times married man who makes unwanted advances on women…oh, wait.
Surely they would not tolerate a president who is so vulgar that he would he would have to get bleeped during a speech when he called peacefully protesting black athletes SOB’s. Okay, maybe no outrage there, but they most certainly would not care for Trump’s verbal attacks against the people of Puerto Rico as they continue to suffer in an unprecedented manner in the aftermath Hurricane Maria. Hmm, not so much.
Let’s face it folks, one thing sociopathic con men are are good at is garnering support from a large enough number to keep them relevant, even enough to make them president of the most powerful and influential country in the world. This is made easier with this historically far right Republican party where there is a resurgence of white supremacism, anti-immigration sentiment, and the rest who would sooner vote for an incompetent lunatic then vote for a Democrat. Unfortunately, Donald Trump was right about one thing when he said, “I could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and still not lose voters.”