Trumpland Gives America’s #Me Too Movement A Good Ol’Fashion John Wayne Bitch -Slapping
A Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted October 7th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
There are times when I feel ashamed to be a member of my gender, and this is one of them.
Yet it wasn’t just men – mostly old and grumpy white ones – who brushed aside allegations that Brett Kavanaugh, a Washington, D.C. Circuit Court Judge and Donald Trump’s pick for a game-changing seat on the almighty U.S. Supreme Court, attempted to rape a 15-year-old girl when he was back in high school, and engaged in or partied around or with other committing sexually mischievous acts.
There were countless numbers of women, proudly identifying as Trump supporters, who brushed aside these allegations too. Many of them were seen on CNN and other cable news channels, echoing the kind of lines used in the courts against mostly female victims of sexual abuse.
Lines like why did she wait so long to report it? What was she doing in a house full of boy and beer at that age? Could it be she was mistaken about who did the grabbing? Then there is the old favourite – ‘Boys will be boys, so why doesn’t she get over it?’
There were also all of the evangelical Christians out there who wanted to publicly hang Bill Clinton when he got caught with his hands up a young lady’s skirt, but are so determined to get an anti-abortion judge on the Supreme Court, they don’t care how many Biblical commandments, up to and including lying and rape, that the individual may have violated along the way.
To paraphrase a point once made by the late great American, Mark Twain Award-winning satirist George Carlin about these anti-abortion, self-described “right to life” holy people; ‘They would do anything to protect a fetus, but if it grows up to be a 15-year-old girl, they might just have to try to rape it.’
All the more reason why they, along with every pig in the male department who would like to sneak a little feel, and all of the women who want to believe that those among their gender who get the feel have probably done something to deserve it, must be praising the lord now because this October 6th, Kavanaugh finally won, by a narrow margin of votes in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, the Supreme Court seat that he, like a spoiled, petulant brat, behaved as though he was so entitled to.
As for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the now 51-year-old psychology professor who swore under oath that she was the 15 year old that Kavanaugh was so aggressively on top of, she was subjected to the modern-day equivalent of a Salem witch burning, a target of death threats so numerous, she was forced to hide away in exile, away from her home.
After she took a seat before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee this past September 27th, she explained why she feared telling her story about her traumatic encounter with Kavanaugh this way; “I was… wondering whether I would just be jumping in front of a train that was headed to where it was headed anyway, and that I would just be personally annihilated,” she said
Sadly, Dr. Ford’s fear about what would happen turned out to be right.
The United States of America – far more than many other developed countries, including Canada, in this 21st century world – still seems to have a very serious problem relating to women as equals and showing them the respect they deserve as human beings.
Some American commentators have compared Dr. Ford’s treatment with the way Anita Hill was ripped to pieces for accusing now Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas of unwanted sexual advances when she sat before an all-male committee of the U.S. Senate in 1991. But one hardly has to go back that far.
Just look at the way Hillary Clinton was treated when she ran as the first female candidate for the U.S. presidency two years ago. Regardless of how you or I or anyone else felt about Clinton’s policies or her effectiveness as a candidate, Trump and his angry hordes of supporters, with more than a little help from certain media outlets, painted her as the she-devil who should be thrown in chains and dragged off to prison or worse.
Even now, at rallies he hosts across the country, Trump is still able to lead his mass audiences in rousing chants of “lock her up” at the mere mention of Hillary Clinton’s name. It fit in so well with his shameless mocking of Dr. Ford at a recent rally in Mississippi, all while thousands in the crowd, including women waving signs of support for Trump, cheered and even laughed at Dr. Ford’s expense – just as she told members of the Senate committee that Kavanaugh and his drunken pal, Mark Judge, did when he climbed on top of her all those years ago.
At least some of the women in Trump’s camp have bought into his alternative reality that true victim is Kavanaugh whose “good character” has been assaulted by “professional protesters” paid for by the Democratic Party. Some have gone so far as to say they now fear their own sons may someday be accused of committing acts of sexual abuse.
What kind of paranoid nonsense is that? Do they foresee their boys growing up to engage in sexual assaults on women?
Actually, after what I have seen just in the past couple of weeks with this Kavanaugh confirmation business, I am glad I don’t have a daughter growing up in the United States today.
Me Too Movement or no Me Too movement, the United States of America remains a country where a man can treat women like pieces of meat and still go on to reap the rewards.
Lest there be any doubt, look no further than Trump himself.
He was once caught on tape bragging about treating women like meat, yet still went on to be elected to the highest office in the land.
Nothing he does in the way of using, insulting or demeaning women seems to matter. Millions of Americans continue to cheer him on with not a hint that any of them care what kind of a role model he is for young boys.
To watch Trump mocking Dr. Ford at a recent rally in Mississippi, clip on –
To hear the Access Hollywood Tape that surfaced shortly before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, with a warning that it contains some x-rated language, click on –
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