Donald Trump remains in the Oval Office despite being caught on tape bragging about sexually assaulting women. While other powerful men have faced consequences for sexual misconduct, the Republican Party has allowed Trump to evade accountability.
Donald Trump was revealed 425 days ago to have made an admission on tape that he sexually assaulted women, and was proud of it. He remains in the office of the presidency, even as other powerful men in politics and business have lost their positions over similar allegations.
Trump has yet to have his day of reckoning, in large part because of the support he continues to receive from the Republican Party.
The Trump administration has alleged that every woman who accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault is lying. There are at least 16 women who have made credible allegations against him over the years.
The recording of Trump bragging about forcing himself on women was released on Oct. 7, 2016. Speaking to “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, Trump said:
You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.
Two days later, Trump acknowledged the recording’s authenticity in a video statement. “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”
Trump continued to receive support from the Republican Party, even from figures who had openly criticized the content of the “Access Hollywood” recording, including Mike Pence and Paul Ryan. Ryan even pledged that he was in total allegiance with Trump and his agenda.
It isn’t fake, and his confession was very real.
Just as they have rallied around Trump, Republicans also stand behind Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, despite credible allegations of child molestation and inappropriate relationships with minors.
While Democrats called for the resignation of Conyers and Franken, Republicans have not made any such call for Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) to step down. It was recently reported that Farenthold settled a claim of sexual harassment with a staffer.
Trump is a serial abuser of women.
With the help of the Republican Party, Trump continues to evade justice.
But women are speaking up and holding men like him accountable for their actions and behavior, with serious consequences. There’s a tidal wave coming — and even Trump can’t outrun this one.