Living with Donald Trump in the White House has been a challenge, to say the very least. Over the course of the last year, we’ve seen firsthand the lack of support for women coming from the Oval Office — from claiming the women who accused Trump of sexual assault are liars, to the recent scandal involving a White House staffer accused of domestic violence. Plus, Trump himself is the first to admit he’s not a feminist. (As if we didn’t already know.)
The #MeToo movement continues to shape our society into a more female-friendly environment, so when Trump recently appeared to support the side of men, the internet collectively (and unsurprisingly) rolled its eyes.
Trump took to Twitter on Saturday, February 10th, to comment on the influx of allegations that has erupted since the Harvey Weinstein scandal first became public in October. The president questioned whether or not the accused are receiving “due process” in response to allegations of sexual misconduct. Any mention of victims — especially his own accusers — was glaringly absent from his tweet, which is definitely concerning.
We can’t help but wonder if this is a convenient narrative as Trump struggles to uphold the toxic environment that allowed abuse to flourish.
Twitter, of course, clapped back to Donald Trump in the best way.
This user called out Trump’s hypocrisy, given his own tendency to accuse others of wrongdoing without evidence.
And this guy turned the tables on the president.
A university professor questioned whether Trump actually knows what due process is.
Another user made a list of occasions in which Trump didn’t seem to care about due process at all.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) immediately called for congressional hearings regarding allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump himself.
While we’re definite supporters of due process, it’s critical to remember that people in positions of power — especially politicians like Donald Trump — can seem immune to sexual assault charges.
It’s way easier for Trump to decide to take the seemingly high road, but he’s shown us time and time again that he only does so when it suits him. (Which is a huge problem, btw, as he largely relies on falsehoods to drive his chosen narrative).
The #MeToo movement has opened up an important environment for victims to speak up against their abusers. We hope to see the conversation continue to evolve as we create a safer society for everyone.