Say what you will about CNN as a whole, but Jake Tapper is someone who I’ve always found to be fair, honest, witty, and unafraid to ask tough questions of both Democrats and Republicans.
Like on Wednesday when he did a brilliant breakdown of how Donald Trump’s take on sexual harassment and/or assault seems to be based on nothing more than whether or not he views the person being accused as friend or foe.
After mentioning how Trump’s ignored questions about alleged child sexual predator Roy Moore, Tapper looked at various comments he’s made in the past concerning high-profile Democrats who’ve been accused of being sexual predators. In particular, Tapper brought up Harvey Weinstein, Eliot Spitzer, and Anthony Weiner, pointing out how the “president” condemned each man (calling the latter two “wacko perverts” in a 2013 tweet), seemingly because he viewed them as enemies.
However, he then pointed out how Trump defended both Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly when they were accused of sexual harassment and/or assault, making sure to mention that the “president” viewed both men as friends, calling both “good people.”
“It would seem, here’s the pattern we’ve been able to discern, if you’re an opponent, he believes the charges, and if you’re a friend, he stands by you,” Tapper stated.
Then to prove his point even further, Tapper brought up Trump’s drastic change in attitude toward Bill Clinton, a man who’s been accused by several women of sexual harassment and/or assault. The CNN host played a clip from the 90’s where Trump called Paula Jones a “loser,” clearly coming to the defense of then friend Bill Clinton. That’s when Tapper fast forwarded to just last year when Trump brought several of Clinton’s accusers to a presidential debate, emphasizing the difference in how Trump’s attitude toward Clinton’s accusers changed based on whether or not he viewed the former president as a friend or foe.
“It would seem the only relevant factor for President Trump is whether you’re a friend or foe, not the credibility of the charges,” Tapper explained.
“And, just as an observation,” he continued, “if the only thing you care about when it comes to sexual harassment or abuse charges is whether the person accused is your friend, or whether you can use the charge against your enemies, well then you don’t actually care about the crime of sexual harassment or abuse.”
The only thing I wish he had brought up were the 15 or so women who’ve accused Trump of sexual harassment and/or assault and how he accused every single one of them of being liars or paid by the Clinton campaign.
Wednesday’s segment reminded me of another one Tapper aired a few weeks ago, just after the Weinstein scandal broke, where he slammed Republicans for seizing on that controversy to degrade Democrats after they’ve defended and supported Donald Trump.
“Look, this shouldn’t be hard, and it shouldn’t be partisan,” Tapper explained. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Harvey Weinstein or Donald Trump or Roger Ailes or Bill Cosby or Bill O’Reilly or Bill Clinton. These accusations are all worthy of reporting and outrage. You don’t get to pick and choose which ones you find valid and outrageous based on political party.”
Jake Tapper’s comments this afternoon provided yet another example for why I consider him one of the best journalists we have in this country.
Watch his comments below via CNN:
.@jaketapper: When it comes to sexual assault allegations, it would seem the only relevant factor for the President is whether you’re a friend or a foe, not the credibility of the charges.https://t.co/8QXRPR0O6K pic.twitter.com/KTGhYjrMzO
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) November 15, 2017
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