As we observe Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, which commemorates the day on which the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was certified in 1920, it’s important to take the opportunity to take stock. How far has the United States come in terms of women’s rights — and how is it stalling, or going backwards? The news in many quarters seems positive. More Democrat women are running for office in the 2018 midterm elections than ever before, and the #MeToo movement continues to drive public conversation. But there are some fundamental rights for American women remain at risk.
Senate Democrats are gearing up to press Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on his decades-long relationship with former Judge Alex Kozinski, who was forced into retirement last year by a mounting sexual harassment scandal.
Donald Trump’s tabloid lifestyle made him rich, famous and ultimately built the persona that made him President. Yet his back-to-the-future encounter with his sensational and melodramatic past might become his Achilles’ heel.
On Sunday night, adult-film star Stormy Daniels’s highly-anticipated interview with 60 Minutes aired. During the segment, Daniels spoke of her alleged 2006 affair with Donald Trump, claiming that she spanked him with a magazine, was told she reminded him of his daughter, and had unprotected sex with him, among other salacious details. Meanwhile, Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet about Daniels’s allegations — at least publicly. In private, the president has reportedly been demeaning Daniels and insulting her appearance — his go-to tactics whenever a woman speaks out against him.
Before he jumped into politics, Donald Trump allegedly had multiple encounters with women, both consensual and non-consensual. At least 19 women have come forward with allegations about their interactions with the president.
The lawyer representing the porn star Stormy Daniels says six additional women have come forward alleging sexual relationships with President Donald Trump — including some he says who also claim to have nondisclosure agreements.
As the White House scrambles to deal with the radioactive fallout of the Rob Porter scandal, the search for a scapegoat is leading to a dizzying round of finger pointing.
President Trump continually insists, no matter what the tragedy, that he is the biggest victim — not slain Army Sgt. La David Johnson or his family; not Puerto Rico residents; and not his opponent, who was harmed (not helped, as he was) by Russian meddling in the election. The “dishonest media” (the worst!), Barack Obama, Democrats, Republicans, etc. — all have dealt him an unfair hand. He will even deny abused women their victimhood — casting accused abusers (that would include him, right?) as the real victims.
After the White House staff secretary, Rob Porter, resigned in the face of accusations that he had abused his two former wives, President Trump tweeted in defense of people whose “lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”
Activists on Tuesday night proclaimed that President “Donald Trump harassed or assaulted twenty women” in an illuminated message projected on Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel in advance of his State of the Union address.