As Kafkaesque as anonymous accusations can be, it is also impossible to miss the genuine and pent-up pain of women who have endured unwanted sexual advances or worse and are now speaking out about these. Jerks and worse are getting their comeuppance.
But this movement is also being politicized and weaponized. Like most Americans, I wish President Trump would not tweet at 3:45 am in the morning. And in this toxic atmosphere, inelegant (or stupid) tweets can be used against him.
For example, Senator Elizabeth Warren claimed (in a counter tweet) that Trump's unfortunate tweet about New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who realized the serious nature of former president Bill Clinton's sexual transgressions about fifteen minutes after Hillary Clinton lost the2016 election, amounted to "slut shaming."
In his tweet, the president recounted that Senator Gillibrand had asked him for campaign contributions on several occasions and that she would "do anything" to receive these contributions. "Sexual favors!" shouted the president's detractors. He was implying she would trade sexual favors for the donations.
There is, as the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger points out, a more obvious way to interpret "do anything:"
(By the way, regarding “do anything”: The Almanac of American Politics details Sen. Gillibrand’s eye-rolling flip-flops—famous in New York political circles—from upstate House conservative to progressive Senate saint, described in an apparently forgotten New York Times account.)
Trump's adversaries have seized the MeToo movement and are attempting to make it a wholly-owned subsidiary of the campaign against the president. Forgive me for saying this, but I sometimes think justice for the women and rectifying the societal conditions that have created widespread sexual misconduct are secondary to using this as a weapon in the war against a duly elected president.
Forget your political biases, which impair comprehension in direct proportion to their intensity. Clarity comes only to those willing to see all this for what it is: a crude death struggle for power.
The fulcrum political event is of course Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. A Kirsten Gillibrand would look at this and simply say: He won, we lost. Now we have to win. How we do that is irrelevant.
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With Democrats themselves admitting they have no coherent message that could win a presidential election, the opposition strategy has been built around Mr. Trump’s personality, his alleged collusion with Russia to disable Hillary Clinton, and now the return of the same accusations of sexual harassment that did not cause him to lose the election.
To be clear about the strategy: If the U.S. was being bombarded by killer asteroids, you would be hearing nonstop of Mr. Trump’s failure to protect us from the asteroids. Whatever works. As Hyman Roth told Michael Corleone : “This is the business we’ve chosen.”
And President Trump is giving aid and comfort to his enemies:
In the past week, the Democrats may finally have hit upon the Achilles’ heel that will fell or weaken this president: his tweets.
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Mr. Trump’s Tuesday-morning tweet suddenly elevated a B-level New York senator, and the media instantly recycled the Trump sexual-harassment details. Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore by just 1.5%, and the Republicans’ Senate majority fell to 51. By day’s end, Sen. Gillibrand was soliciting funds via email for her 2018 election. They figured out how to make the Trump side lose. It’s the president’s move now. Checkmate awaits.
We want justice for women who have been sexually abused.
We do not want them to be used a second time for political purposes.