The president of the United States doubled down on his defense of domestic abusers and sexual predators this morning when he took to Twitter and complained that “lives” are being shattered by “false” allegations.
He is tweet was inspired by the embarrassing departures of accused domestic abusers Rob Porter and David Sorensen from the White House this week – an accusation that Sorensen denies vehemently – and almost certainly also addresses the twenty or so women who have accused the President of sexual assault, harassment, rape, or other misconduct.
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
The declaration that “some are old and some are new” is particularly troublesome, because it implies that the amount of time between assault and discovery somehow sanitizes the act in the first place and excuses the behavior.
The president’s complaining about “due process” is particularly infuriating because he once took out a full-page ad in the New York Times – the one time Donald Trump has ever spent money on anything that didn’t directly benefit himself – calling for the execution of the Central Park Five, a group of black teenagers who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted of raping jogger Trisha Meili.
Trump doubled down on his insistence of their guilt during the 2016 election, even though they had caught the actual perpetrator.
The president has no respect for due process when the accused happens to be black or Hispanic – but if it’s a rich and powerful white man, all of a sudden he deserves all the benefit of the doubt.
It’s obvious that the President doesn’t actually care about “due process” one way or another – his tweet is just the petulant thrashing of an elderly white male who feels personally threatened by the prospect of men being held accountable for their actions.
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