The Republican #MeToo Movement

Remember the infamous “Access Hollywood” video? You know, the one where The Don is telling the interviewer that he routinely grabbed women by the genitals? That when you are famous you can do anything you want and get away with it? Who reading this didn’t think, “That’s it! He has finally sunk his ship. His campaign was over. There is no way he could survive!”? Well, were we wrong! America voted for a man who was a known sexual predator and 88 percent of Republican women voted for him! 

How is this possible? Turns the #MeToo movement on its head. It’s like these women are saying: “It happened to me too; it happens to all women, that’s just what men do, so what’s all the fuss? Hey, we like are men, tough and macho, If having them sexually assault me is part of the package that’s a price I’m willing to pay.” 

The ability of The Don to become the most powerful man on earth despite his transgressions has led to a Republican sexual revolution. All across the nation there are men running for office who are wearing t-shirts saying: “Trump did it. So can I.” 

In Missouri, Georgia, Ohio and now Nebraska, Republican men running for high office face significant allegations of domestic violence, stalking, even sexual assault — accusations that once would have derailed any run for office. 

Increasingly, Republicans cast accusations of sexual misconduct as an attempt by liberals to silence conservatives. One morally outraged candidate had this to say about him being called out for his predatory behavior. “This is the epitome of cancel culture. How dare they try to have me resign my campaign because I have sexual desires?”.

Let’s take the outrageous case of former governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens. 

Mr. Greitens resigned as Missouri’s governor after a hairdresser testified under oath in 2018 that he had taped her hands to pull-up rings in his basement, blindfolded her, stripped her clothes off and taken a photo of her, which he threatened to release if she revealed their affair. Career-ender, right? 

Think again, as Mr. Greiten is now running for the open seat of the retiring Senator Roy Blunt. So one must ask: What does a Republican have to do to be disqualified as a candidate? Remember good old Roy Moore of Alabama. He was accused of seducing teenage girls and was, of course, endorsed by The Don. A sordid badge of honor if there ever was one.

Amid his current Senate campaign, Mr. Greitens was accused by his former wife that he had violently abused her and had hit one of their sons as his governorship unraveled. Still, a recent poll shows Mr. Greitens is neck-and-neck with his rivals in the primary.

Only a few days ago, a Republican state senator in Nebraska, Julie Slamma, accused candidate for governor, Charles Herbster, of sexually assaulting her three years ago when she was 22, saying in a statement that she had “prayed I would never have to relive this trauma.”

Herbster’s response? “They did it with Brett Kavanaugh. They certainly did it with Donald J. Trump and now they’re trying to do it with Charles W. Herbster.” If you were truthful, Mr. Herbster, what you should have said was: “Those guys did it, and look where it got them!”

Let’s move to the Georgia senate race where The Don has endorsed former football player Herschel Walker. What’s with this football thing in the south? First former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville becomes a senator and now former football star Walker is trying to join him. Both are know-nothings! Maybe the Republicans are recruiting them for the next Green Bay (Packers) sweep, the name given  to the action to replace Democratic electors with Republican electors in an attempt to overturn the election. Maybe Tuberville’s coaching and Walker’s running might make the difference next time in the execution of the play.

And what are Walker’s transgressions? Just domestic violence and assault allegations by his ex-wife claiming that our stand-up guy attacked her in bed, choking her, and threatening to kill her. To Walker’s credit, he doesn’t deny the assault, and has said he was suffering from mental illness. 

After breaking off a long term relationship with Walker, his long-term girlfriend had threatened to kill her and himself. Walker was also accused of stalking a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader but has denied this allegation. Is this the guy you want to represent your state? 

Max Miller, another Trump-backed candidate and a former White House aide running for an Ohio House seat, was accused by one of Mr. Trump’s press secretaries, Stephanie Grisham, of hitting her the day they broke up. Mr. Miller denied the charge and sued Grisham for defamation, accusing her of making “libelous and defamatory false statements.” Can’t you imagine The Don calling him and saying: “Listen Max, just sue the bitch for defamation.”

That leads us to one of the more whacko members of congress, Madison Cawthorn. Cawthorn has become sort of a thorn in the Republican brand. He seems to be very concerned about the inappropriate sexual exploits of his colleagues. A man with a moral compass? Let’s see what he has to say.

“The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington … being kind of a young guy in Washington, where the average age is probably 60 or 70 — [you] look at all these people, a lot of them that I’ve looked up to through my life, I’ve always paid attention to politics. … Then all of a sudden you get invited — ‘We’re going to have a sexual get-together at one of our homes, you should come.’ … What did you just ask me to come to? And then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy. … Some of the people leading the movement to try and remove addiction in our country, and then you watch them do a key bump of cocaine right in front of you. And it’s like, this is wild.”

Is Cawthorn talking about Mat Gaetz, who is under federal investigation for allegations of sex trafficking? Or maybe he was invited to one of  Brett Kavanugh’s beer bashes?

Though these wild accusations are false I could imagine they got the attention of The Don. Rumor has it that his response to these claims was: “Now that’s a guy I could support. Orgies, now that something worth returning to the White House for!”.

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