White House feels #Metoo’s ef­fect

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - World - Rose­mary West­wood

be­cause his white na­tion­al­ist vi­sion for Trump clashed with other aides.

An­drew Puzder, who Trump nom­i­nated to lead the Depart­ment of La­bor, with­drew his nom­i­na­tion af­ter both Repub­li­cans and Democrats re­jected him, only in part, for some, on the ba­sis of claims by Puzder’s ex-wife that he at­tacked, choked and hit her.

Few likely need re­mind­ing of Trump’s pussy-grabbing com­ments, but some may have for­got­ten that his ex-wife Ivana once claimed, and later re­tracted, that he raped her, or that more than a dozen women have ac­cused him of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

Clearly, the White House would have pre­ferred to keep Porter — de­scribed in news re­ports as a piv­otal gate­keeper to Pres­i­dent Trump — since it al­ready knew of the abuse al­le­ga­tions. That it felt it couldn’t should sig­nal some­thing about the power of this new fo­cus on vi­o­lence and ha­rass­ment within sex­ual re­la­tion­ships, and sex­ual abuse and mis­con­duct in the work­place.

Per­haps we’re see­ing #Metoo in­fect even Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, the whitest and most male in re­cent his­tory, with the move­ment’s un­flinch­ing de­mands for con­se­quences. Fur­ther ev­i­dence is needed, and given the pace of res­ig­na­tions and var­i­ous ac­cu­sa­tions of abuse, it’s likely to come at some point.

Per­haps soon.

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