The sexual harassment of women by powerful men is not new. Them getting caught is.
In the midst of all the Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore female harassment headlines, there is Donald Trump, who has his own history of treating women badly.
Sixteen women have come forward with allegations of misconduct by Trump. And who could forget the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape that came out two weeks before Election Day 2016? In it, then-candidate Trump bragged about kissing and grabbing women’s intimate body parts without their permission. Not exactly the words of a paragon of moral virtue. But it didn’t stop him from getting elected, and so far, has not mattered to his loyal base or the Republican Party as a whole.
Breaking ranks, it does matter to Maine Republican, Sen. Susan Collins, who recently admitted that she did not vote for Trump, in part, because of his alleged harassment of women.
The Washington Post reports:
“Those allegations remain very disturbing,” Collins said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” She noted that she did not support Trump in the 2016 campaign in part because of news reports about women accusing him of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has denied those allegations, which include 12 women detailing incidents that occurred over many years.
The fact that Trump has not faced serious consequences for his alleged inappropriate behavior with women says a lot about the current standards of the American public. The bar has been set so low, there is little chance that history will remember the Trump administration as anything but disgraceful.