Clinton, Trump Elections Sent Chilling Message to Sexually Abused Women

Donald Trump, Bill Clinton
Every man should be disturbed.
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Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assault, as well as a tape in which he admits to groping a model, seem to have triggered something new in US society — an awareness of the magnitude of what women face every day.

Why did it take so long?

One reason is partisan politics. Think about it: Two of the four men who have occupied the Oval Office in the last quarter century were allegedly serial sexual harassers/assaulters.

Bill Clinton was accused of rape by one woman, of exposing himself to another and of groping a third.

Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by more than a dozen women. In addition, he has confessed on tape to having groped and kissed multiple women without their consent. That’s more than Weinstein has admitted to doing.

So what happened to Clinton and Trump after they were accused, by multiple women, of sexual abuse? They got elected to the most powerful office in the world and each of them had legions of supporters who made excuses for their behavior, dismissed the allegations and disparaged the women making them:

It’s all just a witch hunt/right-wing conspiracy.

They were powerful men surrounded by beautiful women, why would they need to grope them?

These women are just trying to get famous or make money.

It was a different time when Bill Clinton was accused of these things.

Bragging of sexual assault is locker room talk.

In light of these widespread sentiments, and the fact that sexual assault and harassment are often incredibly difficult to prove, it’s no surprise that so many victims don’t speak up.

What lessons did young women growing up in the 1990s learn from watching the news? What about girls whose parents made excuses for Trump last year?

Yes, there is a presumption of innocence that Trump and Clinton are entitled to, and neither has been convicted of anything related to these allegations. But let’s be honest — who in their heart of hearts thinks that all of the accusations made against these two are made up?

And then there is this: One supporter of Trump was asked whether grabbing women by their pussy or kissing them against their will constitutes sexual assault. The answer: “I don’t characterize that as sexual assault. I think that’s a stretch.”

That person was Jeff Sessions, who now serves as US Attorney General and is the country’s top law enforcement official.

What message does that send?

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2 responses to “Clinton, Trump Elections Sent Chilling Message to Sexually Abused Women”

  1. Wholy One (Seli) says:

    Anymore BS on this site from the authors of this crap and you’ll get no further support from me!

    • Cloudchopper says:

      It just shows that the entire country is sex obsessed, including the authors. They wallow in the sex culture with the rest of the people they accuse.

      Anyway sex and power are connected and both men and women in power or even out of power often use it to get ahead or just to satisfy ego.

      There is nothing America does without sex or wars. Almost all commercials use sex to sell their products with models or other seduction. The media is filled with sexy females and handsome males to attract viewers with sexual appetites.

      Those same authors would criticize Mother Theresa for not being sexy enough. After all are we not supposed to teach all kinds of different sex, gender identities, sex this and sex that in grade school and high school? Then they have fits when people in college engage in sex.

      Capitalism thinks it is just fine and dandy when college kids go crazy with sex, alcohol and drugs on spring break. The resorts make money and it must be cool because the TV channels will always show it.

      So please don’t let’s just drag out a couple of presidents and Hollywood producers. DC madams make plenty of money with sex graved or arrogant politicians all around.

  2. anAmericanByChoice says:

    “Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by more than a dozen women. In addition, he has confessed on tape to having groped and kissed multiple women without their consent. ” Where is that tape? Have a link to it? Just because WWW (What Wussy Wants) writes it, it does not make it true, unless you provide proof, this is just more liberal press (fake news anyone?) disinformation. Provide proof, please.