A new dimension of confusion is descending on us in the effect of #metoo on more and more prominent men in entertainment, business and government, while at the same time, Trump’s comparable behavior keeps being brushed off as business as usual.
The irony of that was magnified recently with the sudden resignation of Eric Schneiderman, the strong, talented and aggressive Attorney General of New York State, who was accused of misconduct by several women who had worked with him and who had consensual relationships with him that sadly ended up with abuses of them in the course of those relationships.
The fact that he resigned so quickly confirms his own recognition that he had behaved egregiously, despite the fact that his divorced wife had come to his defense saying that the charges against him were inconsistent with the man she had known intimately for a very long time.
The #metoo charges led to the quick and decisive downfalls of Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Al Franken and many others. Prior to the 2016 election, no fewer than 16 women came forward with credible stories of harassment or assault by Trump.* Several involved the same power dynamics – preying on women over whom he had authority (e.g., Miss USA/Universe contestants), and many closely track Trump’s own assertions about his behavior on the infamous Access Hollywood tape (“I just start kissing them”, “grab ‘em by the p***y”).
How is this any less objectionable than the behavior of those other men mentioned above whom, so far, have paid a far steeper price?
If very rich, famous and powerful public and private citizens are taken down in short order for their mistakes and misdeeds, how is it that a sitting President can be immune to the consequences of similar –perhaps worse—behavior?
How can the House and Senate sit back and ignore this inequity and leave the question about the President as if it was none of their business?
Come on guys and gals – do your jobs!
* For those who may be interested ABC News has a tally of Trump’s accusers here: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/list-trumps-accusers-allegations-sexual-misconduct/story?id=51956410