Donald Trump: Predator President or Just Misunderstood?

Donald Trump: Predator President or Just Misunderstood? June 23, 2019

He’s got a point.

George Conway, attorney, frequent Trump critic, and husband of Trump counselor, Kellyanne Conway, is calling out the president in another op-ed with The Washington Post.

Conway isn’t just calling out the president, however. He’s also calling out the hypocrisy of a GOP establishment that has become far too accustomed to turning a blind eye to things done by Trump that they would never let fly with a Democrat.

So let’s talk about sexual assault.

Last week, the total of women who have accused Donald Trump of inappropriate contact, or outright sexual assault rose by one.

For those with short memories, after the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape emerged before the 2016 election, where we hear Trump tell a giggling Billy Bush that his celebrity allowed for him to sexually assault women, at will, a flood of women came forward.

Over a dozen women reported everything from unwanted kissing, to groping or worse.

How much of what was heard is valid remains a mystery, although, from Trump’s own braggadocio, none of it seems too far-fetched.

On Friday, writer E. Jean Carroll came forward with an account from a new book, alleging that in 1995 or 1996 she was violently assaulted by Trump.

According to Carroll, he reached out to her to ask her to meet him and assist in buying a gift for a girlfriend. She met him at Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan.

What happens next depends on who you believe.

Carroll says Trump forced himself on her in a dressing room, pinning her against a wall, and eventually penetrating her, before she managed to struggle free.

You’re not going to find any in the GOP willing to even consider her account.

Should they?

I’m not going to say they should.

While Carroll claims she has several friends she immediately told about the incident – and those friends are confirming what she says – she didn’t tell anyone in the store before running out.

She didn’t go to the authorities.

And here she is, 25 years or so removed, with a new book, just before an election, ready to tell the world.

It looks shady, but then, what were the attitudes towards sexual assault by powerful figures in the mid-90s? Trump was a celebrity, if not for his keen business acumen (Ok, I laughed at that one, myself), certainly for his presence in the community.

I know how I would have acted, but not everyone responds the same under such stress.

Trump has denied even knowing who E. Jean Carroll is, even though there are images available of them together.

We expect Trump to lie about things, both big and small, so this shouldn’t shock anyone.

That being said, the rush by Trump defenders to call this woman the liar is stunning, considering how they lifted up another victim of presidential misconduct, Juanita Broaddrick.

Does anyone remember Trump bringing Broaddrick and several other women to the October 2016 debate with Hillary Clinton? All of the women were those who claimed to be victims of sexual misconduct from Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Broaddrick has been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, even in light of the accusations against him.

In his WaPo op-ed, George Conway pointed out the glaring hypocrisy.

“Republicans or conservatives who promoted Broaddrick’s charges would be hypocritical if they fail to champion Carroll and condemn Trump,” Conway, lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, wrote in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Saturday.

He went on to mention the Clinton victims at the debate, as well as the similarities between Broaddrick and Carroll.

“The next night, at a campaign rally in Ambridge, Pa., Trump quoted Broaddrick as saying ‘Hillary Clinton threatened me after Bill Clinton raped me,’ and called Bill Clinton ‘a predator,’ ‘the worst abuser of women ever to sit in the Oval Office,’” he continued.

“Broaddrick had told her story nearly two decades earlier, first to the media, and then later in a book,” Conway wrote. “She had recounted how, in 1978, Clinton asked her up to his hotel room. How he allegedly forced himself upon her. How she tried to pull away. How he allegedly bit her lip, then later told her to put ice on it. How she sobbed. How she told some of her friends. How she didn’t tell the police. Clinton denied her accusations.”

Speaking of Carroll’s account:

“She, too, tells a story about how she was alone with a man. How in 1995 or 1996 that man, Trump, allegedly forced himself upon her. How she tried to fight back. How she tried to push him away and tried to stomp on his foot,” Conway wrote. “How he penetrated her. How she ran out the door. How she told friends. How she didn’t tell the police.”

“Trump also denied the accusations, calling them ‘fake news’ and adding, ‘She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section,’” Conway continued.

It would seem at this point that those disgusted by Bill Clinton should likewise be repulsed by Donald Trump.

Conway, however, goes further in the comparison, drawing a conclusion that if held up side-by-side, Carroll has a stronger case than that of Juanita Broaddrick.

“For one thing, before she went public with her story, Broaddrick had repeatedly denied that Clinton had assaulted her, even under oath,” Conway wrote.

“For another, Carroll’s account is supported by the sheer number of claims that have now surfaced against Trump — claims in which women have accused Trump of engaging in unwelcome or forcible sexual conduct or assault against them,” he continued.

And remember the lie by Trump?

George Conway pointed that out, as well.

“Finally, no controversy involving Trump would be complete without at least one utterly brazen, easily disprovable Trumpian lie,” Conway wrote. “In his statement denying the rape allegation, he added the claim that ‘I’ve never met this person in my life.’”

“If Trump had even bothered to glance at Carroll’s published account, he would have seen a photograph of himself and his then-wife, Ivana, from 1987 ― in which he was amiably chatting with Carroll and her then-husband,” he added.

I’ll just add that there are so many people I met in the 80s that I don’t remember. Trump has met and mingled with far more than me, so it wouldn’t be unusual if he didn’t remember her – even if those assault allegations are true.

Conway’s point stands, however.

If you were disgusted by Bill Clinton’s attack on Juanita Broaddrick, according to her accounts, but you find yourself disgusted by Carroll in this case, rather than the man she says attacked her, then congratulations.

You are a hypocrite.

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  • Gunner

    Don’t hold your breath Susan, Trump has essentially neutered this Republican Party.

    The long term consequence is that no elected republican today will have the moral authority to criticize dems (or anyone else) of their own moral failure in the future.

    America will be the ultimate loser when Trump is out of office!!!!

  • JASmius

    America is already the ultimate loser.

  • Ellen Elmore

    Three cheers for George Conway. I’m glad someone has the courage to point out the hypocrisy of Trump’s supporters. They can no longer claim the moral high ground. Everything they complained about with Clinton is now happening with Trump. The only difference is the letter next to their name. R’s can do it and it’s OK. But when a D does it they are outraged and offended. You can’t have it both ways. Either they are both wrong or they are both right. This is the classic definition of a hypocrite.

  • Alpha 1

    This won’t change any Trump supporters’ minds. Republicans like hypocrisy because hypocrisy triggers the libs.

  • Cousin_Ken

    The big look has both wrong, two wings of the same hypocrite party faction bird.

  • Michael Weyer

    Once more, the GOP goes nuts on the slightest idea a Democrat did something shady 30 years ago yet ignores the slams on the man who’s been married three times and boasted of countless affairs possibly being anything but a paragon of virtue.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Hypocrisy only triggers the libs because it competes with the hypocrisy that has become a liberal trademark in all areas of politics, faith and life — and the liberals don’t like competing on a level playing field.

    Most of the liberal positions are rife with hypocrisy when challenged which is why the liberal ideology is so bankrupt and why people abandon liberalism for conservatism as they grow up and mature – never the other way around.

  • chemical

    I voted for Bush in 2000, so you might want to rethink your “theory”. I went from conservative to liberal, and Christian to atheist, mostly due to conservative Christian hypocrisy. And before you go on about how the hypocrites weren’t real conservative Christians, I’d remind you that the rest of the conservative Christians didn’t seem to have a problem with their hypocrites.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    If we are very lucky, Trump will spell the complete and final downfall of the GOP, identifying and branding once and for all the false conservatives (the liberal progressives) that we now have proof have been infiltrating the GOP for decades.

    If we are EXTREMELY lucky, the people will remember those the most die-hard Trump supporters and will reject them from consideration for any future elected office.

    Perhaps Trump’s excesses will actually cause conservatives to re-evaluate their voting habits and (in some [near?) future election reject the DNCGOP’s socialist/collectivist/big-government approach and the lies that defend it as well as the fear-mongering that gets its proponents re-elected.

    Hey – I can dream – can’t I ?

  • Michael Weyer

    Sadly, you just know that when Trump is gone, scores of NeverTrumpers are going to get selective amnesia and go right back to the GOP like the last four years haven’t happened. Whatever else I disagree with you on, I’ll give you credit in how you won’t be one of them but we know it’s likely far too many are going to write Trump off as an cause, rather than a symptom of what the GOP has turned into.

  • mudskipper

    My parents, both age 96, certainly became more liberal as they aged. Despite your blanket statement, many people do,

  • chemical

    Collectivist? How is locking children in cages collectivist? How are tax breaks on the rich and tax hikes on the working class (i.e. tariffs) collectivist? You can’t just go around yelling left-wing buzzwords at things you don’t like.

  • captcrisis

    My observation has been that people who become more liberal as they get older seem happier. Whereas the ones who go the other way turn into crabby old geezers.

  • Gunner

    Yep, Dreaming is constitutionally protected!!!!!!

  • mudskipper

    As an old geezer, I have sympathy for the crabby ones. Most people become less mentally flexible as they age. And to add insult to injury, a lot of the skills you spent time developing are no longer needed. Who needs to be able to drive a stick shift these days? Or use a typewriter? Or read a map, for that matter? Used to be that the skills and knowledge that the old developed remained useful to themselves and their tribes into old age.

    A consistent difference between liberals and conservatives that shows up in personality tests is adaptability and openness to change. Adapting to change gets harder as you age and we live in a society where rapid change is forced upon us. I sometimes wonder if that accounts for a lot of the anger that old conservatives feel. It isn’t just social change, but the whole-ball-of-wax rapid change that constitutes modern life.

  • mudskipper

    Well, you can actually, and a lot people do.

  • chemical

    I’m not even 40 and I realize I was taught completely useless skills in school. Like cursive writing, to name one.

    On the plus side, I’m looking forward to horrifying my kid about the days before the internet. “There was no streaming, you watched what the networks broadcast or you watched nothing! And the only thing a phone did was call people, and you had to plug it into the wall!”

  • captcrisis

    I do have some sympathy for old people who can’t or won’t adapt to change. I tell my kids, “Before they got old they had already adapted to more changes through the years than you can imagine.” I’m almost excusing those folks’ behavior! Here I am, a typical liberal, cursed with the ability to see others through sympathetic eyes.

  • captcrisis

    And the bunny ears! And having to adjust them just so! Putting aluminum foil on them! “Don’t move!!” “But I can’t see the screen from where I am!” “Shush! Don’t move!!”

  • mudskipper

    There are some pretty funny videos online of children encountering old tech like rotary phones and typewriters. Their reaction is a mixture of fascination and utter horror. “You mean I had to be home to get a call from my friend?”

  • Alpha 1

    As I’ve gotten older I’ve gone from conservatism to liberalism to socialism. The funny thing is that I actually agree with you that liberalism is rife with hypocrisy, albeit for different reasons.

  • Alpha 1

    I just had the horrifying realization I’m going to have to explain the web 1.0 I grew up with some day…

    “So let me get this straight, everyone WASN’T on the same 5 websites all the time? And if you wanted to watch something you had to use this thing called ‘flash?'”

  • Michael Weyer

    Yep, my parents are in 70s and they’ve had to adapt to plenty of stuff from not just me and my siblings but the world itself.

  • Michael Weyer

    Heck, my oldest niece is hitting 25 and she can actually remember a time when it was dial-up and ultra-slow speeds.

  • chemical

    It’s worth noting that even back in the day you could call someone when you weren’t home via a phone booth, which will be another fun thing to explain.

    Kids React? I’ve seen the rotary phones episode. The kids stick their fingers in the holes and then never actually moved the dial, until they were told to do so. Because the olds put the numbers on a dial just for fun!

  • sometypeofguy

    My parents too. My mother is a (former) lifelong republican who now supports reparations. She’s still pro-life. Will never vote Trump. Has a hard time voting Dem though. People don’t fit neatly into boxes. people are dissatisfied with both parties.