President Trump: “It’s a very scary situation where you’re guilty until proven innocent.” Is he trying to unravel the #MeToo movement?
President Trump made some bold claims at his latest rally in Southaven, Mississippi, and shocked many, including some of his supporters. The president openly mocked Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony and the Me Too movement in an angry rant. He expressed doubts regarding professor Blasey’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, according to the Huffington post.
“So many different charges,” Trump said of Kavanaugh. “Guilty until proven innocent …. That’s very dangerous for our country. I have it myself all the time. Let it happen to me. Shouldn’t happen to him.”
President Trump poked fun at the fact that Blasey’s testimony referenced something that happened 36 years ago. He then mocked her claim that she only had one beer that whole night and couldn’t remember anything, besides how many drinks she had.
“I had one beer, right? I had one beer! How did you get home? I don’t remember. How’d you get there? I don’t remember. Where’s the place? I don’t remember. …
“Upstairs, downstairs, I don’t know. But I had one beer. That’s the only thing I remember,” Trump said while mocking Blasey.
Blasey, 51, gave an emotional testimony, as she recalled details of the night she claims Kavanaugh drunkenly held her down, and forcibly tried to remove her clothes in the 1980s when both were in high school. Blasey said she was terrified and thought Kavanaugh was going to kill her. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Blasey couldn’t recall certain details in her testimony but did recall Kavanaugh and his friend’s “uproarious laughter between the two, and they’re having fun at her expense.” She is the first of three women to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, and as a result, Trump has defended Kavanaugh’s reputation and argued that Kavanaugh and men in general, were the real victims, and calling it a “scary time for young men in America.”
During his rant, Trump started to speak more broadly about men who have become victims and accused of sexual harassment and violence. Trump himself has been accused of sexual misconduct or accused of extramarital affairs by nineteen women, which he has denied all allegations. Trump, who is familiar with facing his accusations, continued to defend and side with Kavanaugh and all men.
“It’s a damn sad situation,” he said. “We better start as a country getting smart and getting tough and not letting that stuff ― right back there, those cameras ― tell us how to live our lives.”
Trump’s comments fueled a storm of backlash criticism as he mocked an alleged victim of sexual assault, which no other president has ever done. Should he act more presidential given the sensitivity of the situation?
Given the momentum surrounding the #MeToo movement and the success of it, is Trump trying to unravel it by arguing that the real victims are men? In terms of women, he says the only message he has for them is that “Women are doing great,” Trump said.
Given that Kavanaugh and Trump both have alleged that the allegations are part of a “calculated and orchestrated political hit,” it’s possible Trump is just expressing his anger toward the allegations and the situation and not the movement in particular.
On the other hand, Blasey’s attorney Michael R. Bromwich called Trump’s speech a “vicious, vile and soulless attack” on his client. “Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well,” he tweeted. “She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice.” Read the full story on the Huffington post here.
Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!
Should President Trump start acting more presidential? Even his supporters can’t believe the display he put on at his latest rally mocking an alleged victim of sexual assault.
Yes- getting tiresome
No- rough is good