Last Thursday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, offering credible testimony that President Trump’s current pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her 36 years ago.
Kavanaugh also testified, where he proclaimed his fondness for beer, smugly questioned if Sen. Amy Klobuchar ever got blackout drunk and ensured a guest spot for Matt Damon on SNL for the foreseeable future.
On Tuesday, President Trump commented from the South Lawn on Kavanaugh’s bull-like charge into the #MeToo movement:
“It’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of.”
Trump’s lack of empathy for victims is nothing new. Just revisit his defenses of Rob Porter, Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly. However, his latest statement is not only preposterous; it’s dangerous.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 63% of victims don’t report their assaults. Trump’s words only push victims and their stories deeper into the shadows.
Are there false reports? Yes, but they’re far from frequent. The NSVRC found only 2%-10% of claims are false. Women are FAR more likely to be the victims of sexual assault than men are to be falsely accused.
Let’s be clear: Trump’s concern is for young WHITE men.
In 1989, a Central Park jogger was physically assaulted and raped. While the victim recovered in the hospital (she has no recollection of the attack), five juveniles (4 African-American and 1 Hispanic) were arrested and charged. There was no physical evidence connecting them to the attack. The teens claimed they were innocent and that their confession was coerced by detectives.
In the wake of the attack, Donald Trump took out multiple full-page ads in New York newspapers calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty.
In 2002, all five members of the Central Park Five were exonerated by DNA evidence and the confession by a convicted murderer.
As of 2016, Trump believed the Central Park Five were still guilty of the crime.
Trump’s latest statement on Tuesday just further cemented his worldview: Powerful white men are always the victim. Women are intended to serve these men.
In Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear,” Trump advises a friend (who admitted to have committed “some bad behavior toward women”):
“You’ve got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women. If you admit to anything and any culpability then you’re dead. That was a big mistake you made. You didn’t come out guns blazing and just challenge them. You showed weakness. You’ve got to be strong. You’ve got to be aggressive. You’ve got to push back hard. You’ve got to deny anything that’s said about you. Never admit.”
Sound familiar? It’s a the same strategy Trump has applied to all nineteen women who made allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
During Tuesday night’s rally in Mississippi, Trump, a sexual predator, mocked the testimony of sexual assault victim, Dr. Ford from the stage:
When people ask “Why don’t women come forward?”, you can add this video to the list.
After decrying the victimization of men, Yahoo! News’ Hunter Walker asked Trump on the South Lawn if he had a message for young women. Trump responded: “Women are doing great.”
2018 has been a record-breaking year for women running for office. There are 257 women running for the House and Senate. There are more women nominated in races for governor than ever before.
Women are doing great… it’s just not in the way Trump expects.