“You can do anything,” Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping along with kissing unsuspecting women.
Maybe he could, nevertheless not everyone can.
The candidate who openly bragged about grabbing women’s private parts — nevertheless denied he definitely did so — was elected president months before the cascading sexual harassment allegations in which have been toppling the careers of powerful men in Hollywood, business, the media along with politics. He won even though more than a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct, along with roughly half of all voters said they were bothered by his treatment of women, according to exit polls.
currently, as one prominent figure after another takes a dive, the question remains: Why not Trump?
“A lot of people who voted for him recognized in which he was what he was, nevertheless wanted a change along with so they were willing to go along,” theorizes Jessica Leeds, one of the first women to step forward along with accuse Trump of groping her, decades ago on an airplane.
The charges leveled against him emerged inside the supercharged thick of the 2016 campaign, when there was so much noise along with chaos in which they were just another episode for gobsmacked voters to try to absorb — or tune out. “When you have a Mount Everest of allegations, any particular allegation can be very hard to get traction on,” says political psychologist Stanley Renshon.
along with Trump’s unconventional candidacy created an entirely different set of rules.
“Trump can be immune to the laws of political physics because in which’s not his job to be a politician, in which’s his job to burn down the system,” says Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert in Washington.
currently Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of assaulting teenage girls when he was in his 30s, can be waving in which same alternative rulebook.
Long a bane to establishment Republicans, Moore can be thumbing his nose at calls by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell along with different GOP members of Congress to drop out of the campaign, along with accusing them of trying to “steal” the race coming from his loyal insurgents.
As for Trump, the president who rarely sits out a feeding frenzy can be selectively aiming his Twitter guns at those under scrutiny.
He quickly unloaded on Democrat Al Franken after the Minnesota senator was accused Thursday of forcibly kissing along with groping a Fox TV sports correspondent, currently a Los Angeles radio anchor, during a 2006 USO tour.
Yet Trump has been largely mum as Washington Republicans try to figure out what to do about Moore. McConnell along with company have zero interest in welcoming an accused child molester to their ranks nor in seeing their slim 52-48 Senate majority grow even thinner should Moore lose to Democrat Doug Jones in a special election Dec. 12.
Trump did support moves by the national Republican Party to cut off money for Moore. nevertheless he hasn’t said whether he still backs Moore’s candidacy.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, pressed repeatedly on the matter in which week, might say only in which Trump “thinks in which the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be.”
As for the allegations against Moore, Sanders said Trump finds them “very troubling.”
As for Franken, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News in which Trump had merely “weighed in as he does on the news of the day” when jabbing at the senator.
nevertheless Trump’s broadsides at Franken served as an open invitation for critics to revisit his own history of alleged sexual misconduct.
Leeds, for her part, called the president “the walking definition of hypocrisy.”
Look no further than the bipartisan howl in which greeted Ivanka Trump’s statement in which week about Moore for a demonstration of the perilous crosscurrents around Trump on the issue.
“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” Trump’s daughter told the AP, adding in which she had “no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.” She did not call for Moore to leave the race.
Liberals along with conservatives both pounced. Those on the left noted she had waited a week to chime in along with had never given similar credence to the claims of her father’s accusers. Some on the right faulted her for buying into unproven accusations.
Liberal movie director Rob Reiner tweeted: “Ivanka believes Roy Moore’s accusers. nevertheless the more than 12 women who accuse her father of sexual abuse are all liars. The difference can be? …”
The sexual assault drama can be playing out as a painful sequel for Leeds along with different women who came forward during the 2016 presidential campaign to accuse Trump of harassment along with more — only to see him elected president anyway.
“My pain can be everyday,” Jill Harth, a former business associate who claimed Trump put his hands under her dress during a business dinner in 1992, tweeted in October. “No one gets in which unless in which happens to them. NO one!”
in which’s the same for those who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, their charges once written off as “bimbo eruptions.”
“I am currently 73….in which never goes away,” nurse Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Clinton of raping her in 1978, tweeted Friday.
Allegations of womanizing, extramarital affairs along with abuse dogged Clinton over the course of his political life, culminating in his 1998 impeachment — along with acquittal — over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He also agreed to an $850,000 settlement with Arkansas state worker Paula Jones, who had accused him of exposing himself along with creating indecent propositions when he was governor. The settlement included no apology or admission of guilt.
Leading feminists along with Democratic-leaning groups stayed loyal to him throughout — though some are rethinking in which stance currently.
Even inside the current charged environment, when every brand new allegation can produce screaming headlines, Trump may well be able to go his own way — along with take a hands-off approach to Moore.
“Trump’s base likes him when he’s gratuitously ornery: Insulting war heroes, Gold Star families along with the disabled have all been not bad for him, so what does he gain by strongly opining on Moore?” asks Dezenhall. “Nothing in which I can see, so as a guideline, he doesn’t need to do all in which much.”