Trump Lashes Out on Twitter, Launches Vile Sexist Attacks Against Female Senator

Trump Lashes Out on Twitter, Launches Vile Sexist Attacks Against Female Senator

As the #MeToo Movement Threatens the White House, Trump Doubles Down on Misogyny

Few could have imagined that when The New York Times reported on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sordid history of sexually harassing women in the industry that the ramifications would reverberate through every institution in the nation, up to and including the federal government. What would eventually be known as the #MeToo movement would force firings and resignations in every sector of American culture — television, radio, comedy, food, journalism, music, sports and of course, politics. It was only a matter of time before the many allegations levied by accusers against Donald Trump, which he callously denied on the campaign trail, would boomerang back to the White House in this environment. Even more predictable, however, was Trump’s ignorant, sexist response to them.

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The president jumpstarted Tuesday morning with another denial and a not-so-subtle insinuation against one of the Senate’s most vocal critics of his actions, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY):

Gillibrand was singled out by Trump following her calls on Monday for a full investigation by Congress into the public statements made by his almost two-dozen accusers.  In making the announcement, she conceded the fact that the president is likely to take any action himself:

Senator Gillibrand’s tweet came after three of Trump’s accusers — Rachel Crooks, Samantha Holvey, and Jessica Leeds — held a press conference in Washington, DC earlier in the day detailing;

their accounts of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed.”  

The women also shared their story with NBC News’ Megyn Kelly.

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Anybody who’s even remotely followed this administration knew it was only a matter of time before these tweets were published. Despite Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ absurd claim that the claims were dismissed by virtue of Trump’s electoral college victory, every new disclosure about a powerful man mistreating and abusing women was followed up with a whisper about the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his own history of abuse.

As each prominent figure was forced to confront his past — often leading to a dismissal from his respective field — those whispers grew louder. After yesterday’s press conference and Gillibrand’s call for an investigation, it’s now a full roar. And Trump is playing where he’s most comfortable — the gutter.

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Ed Hanratty is a Reverb Press contributor and freelance political journalist. A lifelong New Jerseyan, he prides himself on having just enough Garden State sarcasm and skepticism to keep his bleeding heart in check. Keep up with Ed’s work and random ramblings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the links below…but not Snapchat — that’s where he’s decided to draw the social media line. (For Now)