While nothing Republicans do surprises me anymore, I have to say seeing Donald Trump and other members of the GOP repeatedly calling out Democrats for Harvey Weinstein’s ties to the party took their jaw-dropping hypocrisy to a whole other level.
Without a doubt, if the allegations are true — and based on what I’ve read thus far I tend to believe that most of them are — then Weinstein is unquestionably a disgusting creep who almost certainly belongs in prison.
That said, at least 15 women have accused Trump of sexual assault/harassment. Furthermore, in a sworn deposition, Trump’s ex-wife Ivana alleged that he violently sexually assaulted her during their marriage.
Which means to be someone who supports Trump, you either have to believe that all of these women are lying or you simply don’t care that you’re supporting a man who’s possibly sexually harassed or assaulted more than a dozen women, including his ex-wife.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to downplay the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. I’m simply pointing out the hypocrisy of Donald Trump and those who support him trying to go after Democrats because the Hollywood executive donated money to the party — when their alleged sexual predator is currently living in the White House.
It’s a hypocrisy CNN’s Jake Tapper went after Tuesday when he called out RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, as well as Republicans in general, for trying to seize on the allegations against Weinstein, a Democrat, while dismissing the allegations multiple women have made against Trump.
After saying Trump’s accusers “deserve our attention too,” Tapper debunked the lie recently told by McDaniel that women hadn’t come forward to accuse Trump of sexual assault like they have Weinstein.
“He didn’t have women coming forward?,” Tapper asked. “Yeah, he did! He had lots of women coming forward.”
“Those who express outrage at one sexual harasser and not another because of the first harasser’s political views?” he added, “That is morally bankrupt.”
This is the world in which most Trump supporters live. A fictional place where facts no longer matter and anything negative about him is just “fake news” or “lies told by someone out to get him.” It never ceases to amaze me how hypocritical Trump and his supporters are when it comes to the rules and standards they expect others to follow — to which they, themselves, don’t even abide.
The CNN host also slammed Fox News’ Sean Hannity for accusing liberals of having “selective moral outrage” concerning Weinstein — just two weeks after he hosted Bill O’Reilly. Someone who was fired from the network after it was discovered that he had settled several lawsuits with women who had accused him of sexual harassment.
“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.”
And he’s exactly right.
While I’m a firm believer in the notion of “innocent until proven guilty,” I’m also not someone who dismisses those who accuse others of sexual assault as “liars” simply because the person they’re alleging assaulted them is someone I like or agree with on some political issues. I tend to wait for more facts to emerge before making any sort of a judgment on how I feel about something.
That said, when there’s an onslaught of accusers who come forwarding alleging that a certain individual sexually harassed or assaulted them, I tend to believe that at least most, if not all, of the accusations are likely true.
To be a Trump supporter means you either don’t care that he’s a sexual predator, something he actually bragged about being on the infamous Access Hollywood video, or you believe that his ex-wife was lying, under oath, when she accused him of sexual assault during their divorce and at least 15 separate women are also not telling the truth when they’ve described different accounts where he harassed or assaulted them.
As I’ve said plenty of times over the years, and especially since the rise of Donald Trump, Republicans are the biggest hypocrites I’ve ever seen.
Watch Tapper’s comments below via CNN: