It is increasingly difficult to overlook Trump's misogyny
The accusations already made against President Trump for inappropriate behavior towards women have been hard enough to ignore. Now his ridicule of the…
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Misogyny in government has always been a constant. It’s not by chance that the United States continues to be one of the countries in America that have never had a female president and yet calls itself the leader of the free world.
But the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House, despite recordings in which he claimed to be able to do with women whatever he wanted, was a new record for the U.S., to the point that his inauguration was eclipsed by hundreds of thousands of women and men marching against the implicit sexism that now sat in the Oval Office.
The latest example of this was Trump's speech during a political rally on Tuesday in which he repeatedly mocked the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.
According to NBC, the president ridiculed Ford "in a reenactment" of her testimony before the Judiciary Committee, "with his voice alternating between an impression of her and her inquisitor, challenging the veracity of the testimony that paused his nominee’s confirmation.”
The scene took place in the Landers Arena of the deeply conservative county of DeSoto, Mississippi, a more aggressive treatment than the president and the Republicans had previously given to the testimony of the accuser.
Ford's testimony paralyzed the country last week when she recounted in detail the terrible experience she experienced at the hands of Kavanaugh, dividing viewers between those who believe in the president's nominee and those who support an alleged victim of sexual abuse.
At a time when the boom of the #MeToo movement is spreading across the corners of the nation - and the world - the president's response makes it impossible to continue ignoring his sharp sexism.
During his administration, Trump has been accused twice of silencing women with whom he had had extramarital affairs. Omarosa Manigault Newman, his former liaison director in the White House Communications Office, said that the president called her a "dog" (to which Trump responded by attributing more adjectives). Trump defended his advisors when they were accused of domestic violence and personal friends when they were fired for sexual harassment at work. He has insulted television presenters, artists, and models while flirting with foreign first ladies.
During the same week that he mocked Dr. Ford's testimony, the president insulted a reporter during a press conference at the White House after giving her the floor to state her question. "I know you're not thinking, you never do."
It could well have been an acid commentary against a reporter for his battle against the media; it could well have been that the president was responding to a Latina reporter (it was the ABC correspondent in the White House, Cecilia Vega), but coming from an individual with a history of such misogyny, it is difficult to catalog his impulsive attack on a journalist as anything other than sexist.
Unfortunately, turning a blind eye to presidential misogyny today is an impossible mission.
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