Yeah, sure, I guess it's possible to be sexually assaulted by a frail old guy who's ninety years old and confined to a wheel chair.
But this from actress Heather Lind has to be scrapping the bottom of the barrel for the Me Too movement:
[W]hen I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo,” [actress Heather] Lind, 34, wrote.
“He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say ‘not again.’ His security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo.”…
“We were instructed to call him Mr. President. It seems to me a President’s power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy. He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me,” Lind wrote.
Heather, honey, this is not sexual assault and you have just insulted all the women who are genuinely victims of sexual assault, not to mention ailing former president George H.W. Bush. Here is how Hot Air characterized the "assault:"
By “sexual assault,” I assume she means he pinched her butt. That would qualify as harassment coming from a superior at work, and unwanted sexual contact is unwanted sexual contact. He owes her an apology at least, if it’s true. But “sexual assault” is a strong term to use when the news is filled with stories of Harvey Weinstein raping people and Bill O’Reilly paying out $32 million settlements and James Toback dry-humping any female within arm’s reach.
There’s a good argument not to call what Bush supposedly did by any other name: The further you get from the gravity of the term “sexual assault,” the more you signal that butt-pinching is acceptable behavior.
But tell someone you’re a victim of “sexual assault” and the image they’re most likely to conjure up is something like hulking sleazebag Harvey Weinstein hovering over a woman in a hotel room, not an old buzzard on a Rascal showing how the boys paid a woman a “compliment” back in his day. Lumping what Bush is accused of in with Weinstein et al, where there’s an element of physical or professional menace, seems more likely to dilute the power of the term “sexual assault” than to build it up.
I know, I finish last in the Woke Olympics today. Oh well.
Ever the gentleman, George H. W. Bush has apologized if his attempt at humor made Ms. Lind uncomfortable.
As a rule, I am not in favor of the "if I have offended" apology 'cause, if you're apologizing, you've offended.
But this time–well, only a lovely, considerate man like George H.W. Bush would have bothered to address this pathetic, rotten attempt to get attention.