MSNBC Commentator: Donald Trump 'The Commander-In-Chief of Rape Culture'
An MSNBC commentator declared President Donald Trump the "commander-in-chief of rape culture" after an aide was disgraced and resigned following domestic violence allegations from his previous wives.
White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter could be leaving the Trump administration as early as Thursday, a source told Fox News, amid questions over the internal handling of domestic abuse allegations against him.
Porter, who denies the allegations, announced his resignation on Wednesday and had been expected to stay on for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition. But with photos circulating showing one of his two ex-wives with what appears to be a black eye, the departure could be moved up.
New York University Visiting Scholar Anand Giridharadas said America is in the midst of "a rape culture presidency."
Giridharadas was reacting to statements made by White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who said Democrats like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York should look to their own party as well for examples of figures allegedly involved in sexual misconduct.
"[Some Democrats] protected, defended and harbored a sitting president who had sexual relations in the Oval Office and was impeached for lying," Conway said of President Bill Clinton on ABC News.
Giridharadas dismissed Conway, claiming she "will say anything for money."
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
He said Trump has a history of "self-declaring himself to be a vagina grabber," and said sexual abuse is "an apt metaphor for everything Trumpism is about."
Giridharadas told Joy Reid that "Trumpism... cultivates fear" like sexual harassment does and proves the former businessman is "the commander-in-chief of rape culture."
Conway also said Sunday that she has "no reason not to believe these women" who have accused Porter.
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