Almost a week after the current sexual misconduct accusation versus President Donald Trump, the story has mostly landed with a thud.
Some see the soft action to author E. Jean Carroll’s accusation of Trump assaulting her in an outlet store dressing room more than 20 years back yet another example of the divisive Politics of Trump: Those who support him dismiss it as phony news. Those versus him see it as verification of what they knew the whole time.
” Essentially, you’re either for him or versus him, and if you’re for him, it does not matter what he’s done,” stated Larry Sabato, who directs the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “It actually is remarkable. He simply is exempt from the guidelines everybody else need to follow.”
It’s a cycle that’s been repeated prior to. After more than a dozen ladies stepped forward throughout Trump’s 2016 campaign with accusations of sexual misbehavior years previously, Trump called them “liars” who looked for to hurt his campaign with “100- percent fabricated” stories. When the “Access Hollywood” tape emerged weeks before the election of him extoling grabbing females by the genital areas, he dismissed it as “locker room talk.”
In the case of Carroll, a feature writer and longtime Elle advice columnist, her accusation was exposed in an excerpt to an approaching book, leading Trump and others to cast her aside as an opportunist. Her book, “What Do We Required Guy For? A Modest Proposition,” describes what she calls a lifetime of encounters with predatory men, beginning with her early years as an Indiana cheerleader and pageant winner.
She said that Trump, in the mid-1990 s, followed her into a dressing room after an opportunity encounter at the high-end New york city department shop Bergdorf Goodman and continued to take down her leggings and sexually assault her. Trump, in denying the account on Monday, stated she’s “not my type,” a sensational remark from a U.S. president that quickly breathed life into the story.
However even ranking Democrats such as Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois were resigned to how it would all play out. “I would not dismiss it,” he informed The Washington Post, “but let’s be sincere, he’s going to deny it and little is going to come of it.”
Legal Representative Debra Katz, who represented Christine Blasey Ford in her Senate statement on her alleged high school assault by then-Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh, concurred.
” The electorate knew this about him. This is nothing new about his character or his habits– at this moment there have been, what, 13 reputable accusers?” Katz stated. “Individuals have ended up being inure to it. And it’s disgraceful.”
Carroll, who did not return messages left on her cell phone from The Associated Press this week, stopped short in different tv interviews of calling what took place to her rape and explained the experience as a “three-minute” ordeal that did not change her life. Carroll has actually said she doesn’t prepare to seek criminal charges and it appears the statute of limitations has gone out.
” I’m a mature female. I can manage it,” she stated on MSNBC. “My life has gone on. I’m a delighted female.”
It didn’t help that Carroll’s book excerpt dropped late last Friday and was largely muffled by events of the week: the refugee crisis at the border, the U.S. brinkmanship with Iran and the routine onslaught of news about the environment, the economy and the 2020 election.
” We are trauma-fatigued by the volume of despairing concerns seemingly beyond our individual control,” said Carrie Goldberg, a New York attorney who represents victims of sexual attack and vengeance pornography. “When a solution feels beyond grasp, it can be difficult to summon a suitable emotional response.”
Sen. Mazie Hirnono, a Hawaii Democrat, called it an unfortunate day when a rape accusation against the president leaves the nation numb.
” With this president you have the Iran situation going on, you have North Korea going on, you have the border crisis going on,” she stated. “So after a while you just virtually throw up your hands.”
AP authors Kali Robinson and AP video reporter Padmanda Rama contributed to this report from Washington.