“I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong. I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person.”
Now President Trump is acting like President Obama. The President of the United States abuses his power and position by ever commenting upon or registering an opinion about matters that do not involve the national welfare or his direct responsibilities. These include local law enforcement episodes (Trayvon Martin, the arrest of an African-American professor in Cambridge by a white cop), employment matters, private lawsuits, pending criminal trials, TV shows (Saturday Night Live), media coverage (don’t get me started), legal business decisions and sports controversies (Colin Kaepernick). Obama never learned this (among other leadership basics, a problem fagged as “flat learning curve” on Ethics Alarms), and, not surprisingly, Trump is going to be even worse.
I’m sure he sees such support as just standing up for a friend who is being attacked by the same groups and people who flamed him over his taped Billy Bush misogyny-fest. Trump thinhs this is merely loyalty . He’s hopeless, incorrigible, Neanderthal and wrong. His statement trivializes sexual harassment, and positions the Presidency in opposition to women, decency, etiquette, ethics, law, and civilization, as well as the right of women to work and go through life without having to endure ugly, sexist, assaultive treatment by people like Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, and Donald Trump. Trump, like his friend, believes that a man can treat women like inferiors, sex objects and pieces of meat, and still be “good.” No, good men don’t think that way or behave that way. Good men help protect women from men like that.
There is no defending Trump here. Women should be furious; everyone should be furious.
Unfortunately, for there to be any impact, it will have to be Republicans and conservatives expressing the fury, and they should. Democrats have already established that they will declare Trump to be a monster if he uses the wrong salad fork. Mark this as one more consequence of their post-election hysteria: when you make it obvious that everything outrages you, you can’t make anyone take your outrage seriously when it’s finally justified.