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Voters Did Not Clear Donald Trump of Sexual Misconduct – His Reckoning May Be Soon To Come

Voters Did Not Clear Donald Trump of Sexual Misconduct – His Reckoning May Be Soon To Come

Press Secretary Sanders believes Donald Trump’s election victory was the final word on his sexual assault allegations, voters believe otherwise.

Press Secretary Sanders believes Donald Trump’s election victory was the final word on his sexual assault allegations, voters believe otherwise.

As the #MeToo movement continues to extend into industries outside of entertainment, shining light on abuses of women from media organizations like VICE to factory plants like Ford, powerful men are finally beginning to receive the consequences they deserve. Unlike powerful figures such as Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Charlie Rose, Donald Trump somehow manages to avoid a reckoning of his own – dodging questions and providing lackluster answers about his own sexual misconduct allegations as he moves through the press line like Teflon. Prior to the election, at least 16 women accused Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct. These are allegations he vehemently denies.

From his interviews on Howard Stern in which he brags about walking in on naked teen pageant contestants to the now infamous “pussy grabbing” tape, it was clear, before the election that this man had behaved inappropriately with women, by his own admission. As President, he is now protected by his handlers. He is often afforded a level of comfort via distance from the press, evading the hard questions and relying on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to assuage concerns. As the #MeToo movement prompted new calls for an investigation into Donald Trump’s sexual misconduct accusations, Sanders shut down these calls by suggesting that the election victory illustrates the general public’s attitudes toward Donald Trump’s accusers. She stated,

 

“The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we’re ready to move forward in that process.” 

 

It may be true that the American people knew about the allegations against Donald Trump. It may even be true that most Americans believed Donald Trump was guilty and voted for him anyway. However, Donald Trump’s election does not absolve him of his alleged crimes, nor does it prevent him from answering to those accusers who are still making their stories known. According to a new CNN poll, 63% of respondents believe there should be a congressional investigation into these allegations. Further, 61% believe the allegations against Donald Trump are “mostly true.” Keeping with this trend, a December 2017 Quinnipiac poll found 70% of adults surveyed supported a congressional investigation, including 39% of registered Republican voters. This majority was represented prior to the election in a wide range of polls asking variations of the same question: is Donald Trump guilty of sexual misconduct? In a Reuters/Ipsos poll from October 2016, 63% of American adults agreed that “Donald Trump has committed sexual assault in the past.” A minority (34%) of likely Republican voters agreed with the statement. Similarly, in a Monmouth poll from the same month, 62% of voters considered the allegations against Donald Trump to be credible. As Donald Trump was not yet an elected official, polls were not yet asking voters’ opinions on congressional investigations prior to the election, but it was clear that Americans tended to side with accusers even before the #MeToo movement.

 

It is evident that the public is not ready to move forward without an investigation. Nor have they cleared the president of his alleged misconduct. They are ready for an investigation and for Donald Trump to be held accountable. If Donald Trump’s presidential run had occurred following the #MeToo movement, would he have been held accountable through the rejection of reward with the most powerful position in the country? We do not have to wonder what might have been, Donald Trump’s day of reckoning may be soon to come.

Brittany Page

Brittany Page has an M.S. in Clinical Psychology. She is the co-host of I Doubt It with Dollemore podcast. An eager lifelong learner, her interests include psychology, religion, & politics. The world would be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan of Earth, Wind & Fire.

Brittany Page

Brittany Page has an M.S. in Clinical Psychology. She is the co-host of I Doubt It with Dollemore podcast. An eager lifelong learner, her interests include psychology, religion, & politics. The world would be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan of Earth, Wind & Fire.