He says he’s innocent…. of course he does. The only men stepping up and saying they did what their accusers said they did are paying the price, they have stood up, apologized, then stepped down. The message from the president is clear… he does not care what you do in your personal life as long as you are working hard for him and you are loyal. In this #MeToo era he is dismissing accusers as vindictive and politically motivated meant to bring down his presidency.
I am not saying that sometimes people are falsely accused, I know from personal experiences that sometimes things are interpreted based on a history of the victim where an innocent comment or touch on the shoulder is twisted into something it is not or someone using the system to ruin someone’s life… THAT is completely different from domestic abuse, molestation, sexual harassment, or rape.
But THIS, this is women coming forward showing what happened to them behind closed doors, at the hands of a man helping run our country. Upstanding men, who are polite and respectful, who are hardworking, who do a very good job for an organization, can be violent and abusive at home. They can have anger issues, they can keep their personal lives hidden, and, of course, they will claim to be innocent.
Our president doesn’t care about the ‘alleged’ victims… he has victims of his own… he wants to wish the man accused of the abuse well, give him the benefit of the doubt, and protect his own image.
What message are we sending to the men of our country? We need to speak more clearly about expectations. Education for all is key… teach your children to respect themselves and others, and expect respect and kindness from your own partner. We all know about the cycle of abuse… well wishing never breaks that cycle.