I’ve already written about some of the obvious contradictions and hypocrisy in Trump’s convenient response to allegations of misconduct toward women by powerful white men and powerless black men. The New York Times has more examples of how hypocritically he applies those standards even to the rich and powerful. Like Bill O’Reilly:
The president said from the Oval Office that Mr. O’Reilly, a longtime friend, should not have settled with his accusers.
“Because you should have taken it all the way; I don’t think Bill did anything wrong,” he said. “I think he’s a person I know well. He is a good person.”
And Roger Ailes:
And now suddenly he’s terribly concerned about due process, which must have popped up on his Pretend You Know Something About These Ideas by Mentioning Them Randomly and Incoherently desk calendar. Except when it comes to a Democrat, like Al Franken:
During a July 2016 appearance on “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump said he “felt very badly” for Mr. Ailes, who died in May 2017.
“I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them,” he said.
“And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him,” he added. “It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person.”
“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”
Or Bill Clinton:
During the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump held a surprise news conference before a debate with three women who had accused Mr. Clinton of sexual misconduct. At the debate itself, Mr. Trump’s campaign tried to place a group of the women in seats in his V.I.P. box, right next to Mr. Clinton and in Hillary Clinton’s line of sight from the stage. The debate’s organizers blocked the stunt.
But when it comes to Chris Brown, he says “a beater is always a beater — just watch!” And Bill Cosby, he declared, is “guilty as hell.” Gee Donald, don’t they get that “due process” thing you think is so important when your political allies are accused of doing something wrong? As always, Trump’s only standard is not what is true or coherent or consistent, it’s what is convenient for him at any given moment.
Fundamentalist Christians used to love to misrepresent secular humanism as the idea that “man is the measure of all things.” Yet they gleefully endorse and support a man who believes that he, specifically and individually, is the measure of all things.