When a predator is finally backed into a corner, they tend to use their dirtiest tricks to get themselves out of trouble. That goes for the animal world, but it also goes for the world of politics.
So nobody was really all that surprised when, upon the resurfacing of sexual misconduct allegations against him by nearly twenty women, Trump doubled down on his denials and reiterated his support for fellow sexual predator Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race.
But what Trump tweeted Tuesday morning went beyond the pale.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Monday that she was calling on Trump to resign over the multiple credible allegations, just as other prominent politicians have, some with far less evidence stacked against them. Gillibrand was joined by Senators from Oregon, Vermont, and New Jersey in calling for Trump’s resignation.
Trump took his attacks after only Gillibrand, however, and it’s hard not to notice that among the Senators who made the call, she is the only female. The others were Merkley, Wyden, Sanders, and Booker, all men. And the attack wouldn’t have worked on them, anyway, because it was an explicitly sexist — and sexually-charged — attack:
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
There is ZERO doubt what Donald Trump meant by that. He will later say that he didn’t mean anything sexual by “and would do anything for them,” or perhaps he’ll send one of his loyal lapdogs out to a microphone to say it for him, but there is no mistaking what was said here. And in the event that someone actually counsels Trump to delete the tweet, no worries: We’ll have it archived for you right here.
Gillibrand shot back almost immediately:
You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017
Sen. Gillibrand responds to President Trump’s attacks: “It was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice, and I will not be silenced on this issue. Neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday.” pic.twitter.com/QccDcO7cg6
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 12, 2017
And she wasn’t alone, either. After Trump’s disgusting tweet, Senator Elizabeth Warren jumped into the fray as well:
Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you’re picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, #shepersisted. https://t.co/mYJtBZfxiu
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 12, 2017
After today, it will be impossible for Trump’s defenders to continue to claim he has any respect at all for women.
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