Scorned women blast Trump

The GOP can­di­date is no Shake­speare, or he might have known the hell he was in for

Baltimore Sun - - COMMENTARY - By Jules Wit­cover Jules Wit­cover is a syn­di­cated colum­nist and former long­time writer for The Bal­ti­more Sun. His lat­est book is “The Amer­i­can Vice Pres­i­dency: From Ir­rel­e­vance to Power” (Smith­so­nian Books). His email is juleswit­cover@com­cast.net.

Don­ald Trump al­ready had po­lit­i­cal difficulties with women vot­ers be­fore his now-in­fa­mous ban­ter about sex­ual as­sault went vi­ral on the In­ter­net. Now, as more women have stepped for­ward with spe­cific al­le­ga­tions against him, he has en­coun­tered a wave of fe­male revulsion that he may be un­able to sur­vive.

Hil­lary Clin­ton promptly and pre­dictably used the new al­le­ga­tions of her op­po­nent’s un­so­licited grop­ing and kiss­ing to rally her mil­lions of sis­ters to make her the first wo­man pres­i­dent. And she gained an im­pas­sioned al­liance with first lady Michelle Obama.

Ms. Obama’s elec­tri­fy­ing speech Thurs­day in New Hamp­shire called on women, re­gard­less of party, to de­fend them­selves against the be­hav­ior and the at­ti­tudes Mr. Trump al­luded to in his marginal­iz­ing re­marks caught on video.

“This is not nor­mal. This is not politics as usual,” she said. “This is dis­grace­ful, it is in­tol­er­a­ble, and it doesn’t matter what party you be­long to, no wo­man de­serves to be treated this way. ... None of us de­serves this kind of abuse.” She added: “I can’t stop think­ing about this. It has shaken me to my core. ... We sim­ply can­not en­dure this or ex­pose our chil­dren to it any longer, not for an­other minute, let alone an­other four years. Now is the time to stand up and say enough is enough.”

On the heels of those re­marks, Mr. Trump struck back at a po­lit­i­cal rally in West Palm Beach, al­leg­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion against him be­tween the Clin­ton cam­paign and the news me­dia, prin­ci­pally The New York Times.

New re­port­ing by the news­pa­per whose slo­gan is “All the news that’s fit to print” has given new legs to the 11-year-old ac­count caught on cam­era of Mr. Trump brag­ging in vile terms of as­sault­ing women. Times re­porters found two women who vol­un­teered that he had groped them, and in­ter­viewed friends who said they had so informed them of it at the time.

Mr. Trump im­me­di­ately pounced, say­ing that the Times had of­fered no proof and telling his Florida au­di­ence that the al­leged as­saults never hap­pened and that this out­rage “could be part of the law­suit we are pre­par­ing against them.” Other newspapers have since de­tailed sim­i­lar ac­counts from more women.

Mr. Trump has re­peated his in­ten­tion, if elected, to have his at­tor­ney gen­eral in­ves­ti­gate and im­prison Hil­lary Clin­ton for ly­ing about her fail­ure to re­lease emails from her pri­vate server.

Play­ing on a pre­vi­ous re­mark she made against his sup­port­ers, Mr. Trump said: “Any­one who chal­lenges them is deemed a sex­ist, a racist, a xeno­phobe and morally de­formed. ... They will at­tack you, they will slan­der you, they will seek to de­stroy your ca­reer and your fam­ily.” Ges­tur­ing to­ward the press area, he added: “They will lie, lie, lie, and they all do worse than that.”

Mr. Trump also lamented that ma­jor news out­lets were giv­ing short shrift to an­other batch of Clin­ton emails made pub­lic by the anti-se­crecy Wik­ileaks site, sug­gest­ing more co­zi­ness with Wall Street. Manynews­pa­pers and tele­vi­sion net­works and cable out­lets, how­ever, have widely re­ported them, and not just Fox News, a staunch Trump sup­porter,

The lat­est rev­e­la­tions have not gen­er­ated nearly the pub­lic out­rage that Mr. Trump’s open boast­ing of his sex­ual es­capades and dis­re­spect of young women has stirred. Clin­ton cam­paign man­ager Robby Mook has sug­gested the Trump cam­paign may be in­volved in the tim­ing of the email re­leases, but also with no proof.

Polls in var­i­ous states have in­di­cated that women vot­ers, par­tic­u­larly those with a col­lege de­gree, have over­whelm­ingly re­jected Mr. Trump’s can­di­dacy, leav­ing him to de­pend heav­ily on blue-col­lar white men, who are preva­lent at his po­lit­i­cal ral­lies.

Mr. Trump’s pledge that he would pro­duce ev­i­dence to re­fute those who have ac­cused him of sex­ual as­sault may turn out to be in the same cat­e­gory as his in­come tax re­turns, which re­main undis­closed.

He has said he will make them pub­lic once on­go­ing tax au­dits are com­pleted. Al­though the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice says such au­dits don’t bar their re­lease, Mr. Trump clings to that al­ibi. It re­mains to be seen whether he will find a sim­i­lar al­ibi for with­hold­ing the sup­posed proof re­fut­ing the al­le­ga­tions of his lat­est ac­cusers.

DREW AN­GERER/GETTY IM­AGES

Ac­tivists protest Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump’s al­leged mis­treat­ment of women in front of Trump Tower in New York City on Mon­day.

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