Trump and his band of sycophants, each in elected office
and the right-wing media
, have painted Web page as a homewrecker
and a traitor
— the previous for her personal affair (the GOP critique of this, given the situations of infidelity and scandal
in its personal ranks, is wealthy, by the best way) and the latter just because she privately expressed distaste for the President.
Let’s be clear: You possibly can consider that Web page made poor choices in her private life and is incorrect in her political beliefs and nonetheless conclude that the President’s habits is inexcusable harassment, far beneath the dignity of his workplace. It’s in actual fact a nationwide shame.
Web page’s title has barely stayed out of the President’s mouth since texts sent in 2015 and 2016
between her and colleague Peter Strzok have been printed in 2017. The affair between the 2 was not a commendable determination, however hardly considered one of nationwide curiosity, particularly given the President’s own history
of extramarital affairs
and sexual assault allegations
(which he denies) — and in the midst of their textual content messages, each expressed concern a couple of potential Trump presidency. The texts additionally criticized
a wide range of Democrats, together with former Lawyer Basic Eric Holder, Chelsea Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Whereas partisan political exercise is not allowed for FBI employees,
holding and privately expressing political beliefs actually is — something much less would violate the First Modification. Sending disparaging texts about a politician to a lover might recommend a bias that warrants elimination from an investigation of the topic of stated texts, nevertheless it hardly justifies sustained public humiliation from the President of the US.
And but that is what Web page has gotten.
Trump has a historical past right here: He’s remarkably thin-skinned, going after anybody who critiques him, however ladies appear to attract a selected model of ire. They’re “nasty
,” he says time and again. He obsesses over their sexuality, their sexiness (or alleged lack of it) and their intercourse lives. Trump goes after anybody’s perceived weak spot, and it is clear that, for women
, he believes femaleness itself is a failing.
His supporters are solely too pleased to observe swimsuit. Simply take a look at the smearing of Web page as a “homewrecker.” Strzok was get together to the affair, too, however the place has he been shamed the best way Web page has?
Recall that Trump himself (and really publicly
on and humiliated his first spouse — the mom of three of his kids. Girls who’ve affairs, his supporters recommend, are immoral and untrustworthy. Males who’ve them, effectively — they’re simply males.
There is a title for this double commonplace: Misogyny.
It is not information that the President is a sexist. From bragging about grabbing women by the genitals
to cobbling collectively an overwhelmingly male administration,
this President has proven again and again that he disdains ladies personally and professionally. It is so pervasive that it is easy to get used to.
We won’t do this. It is surprising and appalling that Trump continues to single out a federal worker for abuse and harassment as a result of she criticized him by way of textual content. It needs to be an absolute scandal that he acts out a mock orgasm between Page and Strzok
in entrance of a cheering, jeering crowd. This habits on the a part of the President is a nationwide humiliation. It needs to be disqualifying.
Within the grand scheme of Trump wrongdoing, his assaults on Web page are comparatively small — and that in itself is a disturbing inform. No man ought to be capable of occupy increased workplace and behave with such rank chauvinism towards ladies.
There are 1,000,000 causes to get Trump out of workplace in 2020. His misogyny might not prime the listing — breaking the legislation and compromising American nationwide safety takes that vaunted spot — however by no means once more can a person this sneering and sexist occupy the Oval Workplace.