TRUMP MOCKS #METOO MOVE­MENT

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WASH­ING­TON DC: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has mocked the #Metoo move­ment as he in­ten­si­fied his crit­i­cism of the cam­paign against sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault which nearly hit his Supreme Court pick Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh.

Trump's claim that #Metoo pre­vents him for us­ing the phrase is his lat­est vol­ley against the move­ment, which be­came a force af­ter sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein sur­faced last year.

"There's an ex­pres­sion, but un­der the rules of #Metoo, I am not al­lowed to use that ex­pres­sion any­more. I can't do it," Trump said at a mid-term elec­tion rally in Penn­syl­va­nia, and then he pointed at the phrase "the girl that got away".

"It's the per­son that got away. The old days, it was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than Penn­syl­va­nia to it," he said as he spoke about win­ning the state in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion

Point­ing to the me­dia, Trump said he would use the orig­i­nal phrase, ex­cept for the me­dia. "I would do it ex­cept for these peo­ple up there. They would say, did you hear what Pres­i­dent Trump said? Did you hear what he said?" he said im­i­tat­ing re­porters.

"So, there is an ex­pres­sion, but we'll change the ex­pres- sion. Penn­syl­va­nia was al­ways the per­son that got away. That's pretty good," he said amidst ap­plause from the au­di­ence.

The rev­e­la­tion of the al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein in­spired many women to re­veal their own sto­ries of sex­ual as­sault, but Trump has re­cently taken shots at the #Metoo move­ment by ex­press­ing con­cern for men who are ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault or ha­rass­ment.

Supreme Court Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh's re­cent con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings re­newed at­ten­tion to the topic as the Se­nate con­sid­ered Chris­tine Blasey Ford's ac­cu­sa­tion that Ka­vanaugh sex­u­ally as­saulted her. The pres­i­dent had said the no­tion that Ka­vanaugh sex­u­ally as­saulted some­one and that the al­le­ga­tions from Ford and other women could be taken as fact made this a very scary time for young men in Amer­ica.

Trump had ear­lier mocked the #Metoo move­ment at a rally in July. He did so while si­mul­ta­ne­ously mock­ing Sen­a­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts and say­ing that should she win the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion in 2020 and they were to de­bate, he would toss an an­ces­try test to her and dare her to take it.

Dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, at least 13 women ac­cused Trump of mis­be­hav­ior rang­ing from sex­ual ha­rass­ment to sex­ual as­sault.

They came for­ward in the wake of a 2005 "Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood" tape that was re­leased in Oc­to­ber 2016 in which he is caught say­ing on a hot mic: "And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do any­thing . ... Grab them by the p***y. You can do any­thing."

The Pres­i­dent de­nies all the al­le­ga­tions against him.

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