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Groping for Irony

Donald Trump takes irony and hypocrisy to a new level:

Trump’s message for most of this week was that women alleging sexual assault — regardless of how many years had passed, whether they filed charges, whether their claims were held up by the courts — deserve to be heard, rather than discredited or attacked. Trump made this clear by holding a news conference with three of Bill Clinton’s accusers, urging the media to tell their stories and speaking about them in his rallies.

Then, four women came forward alleging Trump groped or kissed them without their consent. And Trump’s stance changed. He attacked the women personally, cast doubt on their motives, called them liars and a part of a politically orchestrated attack.

So which is it? You can’t have it both ways!

Even worse, Trump bragged on a live mic about doing these things. Why would we believe he is innocent? And if he thinks sexual assault is so brag-worthy, then why would he be attacking Bill Clinton over the same thing?


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3 Comments

  1. paradoctor wrote:

    What do you mean, “you can’t have it both ways”? Trump can and does!

    Friday, October 14, 2016 at 11:46 pm | Permalink
  2. Yudith wrote:

    If I had known that Bill Clinton was a sexual predator at the time of the Lewinsky affair, I would never have defended him. Hell, I wonder why the sexual asssault story didn’t get out in the media instead of the Monica Lewinsky story. Now if Hillary did tell those women to shut up and disappear, that’s bad. But not as bad as her sexually harassing women. You know, like Trump did. Wait a minute; are we really trying to decide whether to elect a sexual assault enabler or a sexual predator to the White House?

    Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 6:03 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    I think the main difference is that Donald Trump has openly bragged (both on the Billy Bush tape and on Howard Stern’s show) about sexual assault, and has made lewd comments about underage girls.

    The main reaction against Trump was because those comments, not because of accusations of sexual assault. Unfortunately (for both Trump and Bill Clinton) there is not enough evidence to indict (let alone convict) them, and in this country you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    As for Trump’s comments, we have videotape and witnesses. Trump excuses what he said as “locker-room talk”. There is no question he said them. Trump has also hired Roger Ailes, who was fired from his job at Fox News for sexual harassment. Those are real issues, not open to dispute.

    Plus Bill Clinton is not running for president.

    Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Permalink