White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made excuses for Donald Trump's history of sexual abuse, arguing that because he never admitted his behavior was actually wrong, he shouldn't be scrutinized for it.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders argued that Donald Trump deserves a pass on his history of sexual assault because has never “admitted wrongdoing.”
Multiple senators have requested that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) be investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee after allegations of sexual misconduct were made. Franken himself conceded that such an inquiry should go forward, promised to cooperate fully, and apologized to news anchor Leeann Tweeden for his conduct.
ABC’s Cecilia Vega asked Sanders about the inquiry, and if Trump should face one as well, since more than a dozen women have accused him of sexual misconduct. In response, Sanders said that Trump should get a pass because “Sen. Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn’t.”
Wow, so Huckabee Sanders says it’s ok to investigate Franken but not Trump because Trump has not admitted wrongdoing. Except he did, he bragged about it. pic.twitter.com/4hqE9V3IfN
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) November 17, 2017
VEGA: Is it also fair to investigate this president and the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by more than a dozen women?
SANDERS: Look, I think that this was covered pretty extensively during the campaign. We addressed that then. The American people, I think, spoke very loud and clear when they elected this president.
VEGA: Well, how is this different?
SANDERS: I think in one case specifically, Sen. Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn’t. I think that’s a very clear distinction.
Trump is on tape bragging about assaulting women, telling “Access Hollywood” co-host Billy Bush:
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.
He also claimed that he would sue the women making accusations against him, but has not done so since winning the election.
Sanders’ argument is that Trump’s ongoing deception, and failure to own up to his behavior, should be rewarded with less scrutiny.
She also asserted that the election results validated this mindset. But by a margin of nearly 3 million votes, a plurality of the American people voted for Hillary Clinton. Even by Sanders’ own nonsensical standard, an inquiry into Trump’s assaults are worthwhile.
Trump and his underlings have tied themselves up in knots to justify his misogyny, hypocrisy, and documented sexual assaults.
There is no logic or ethics to the path they continue to advocate — just a constant stream of dishonesty.