The current president of the United States has a tally of sexual misconduct and assault accusations marked against him made by at least 19 women. In 1989 deposition his ex-wife legally alleged that he had raped her and an entire page on Wikipedia page is dedicated to keeping up with other ongoing accusations. Still, despite the many claims, his fervent denials, and a leaked tape of him openly bragging about his violations against women, Donald J. Trump has no plans of excluding himself from the #MeToo conversation currently riling up countries across the globe.
Last Friday, Trump declared April National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Currently, the internet is torn over whether they should laugh or pull out their hair.
The #MeToo Movement has slapped down many powerful men from high places, but Donald Trump has yet to be one of them.
In the months since the launch of the hashtag, the world has seen the fall of entertainment giants like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Louis C.K as well as politicians like former Sen. Al Franken, John Conyers, and Roy Moore. Donald Trump is a man of both worlds with many claims stacked against him, but the reality TV star turned president has, so far, gone unscathed. Allegations that are much older than his presidency and have even been admitted to by Trump even himself. A shocking audio recording from 2005, leaked in 2016, revealed the president admitting to his violating treatment of women. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” Trump said to “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush in the recording.
Throughout his career in real estate and reality TV, Trump has faced a slew of sexual assault lawsuits.
Still, the president and his administration have seemingly decided to lean into the claims that surround him. On Friday the White House proclaimed its commitment to “empowering victims to identify perpetrators so that they can be held accountable.” The proclamation further underlined that “Too often, however, the victims of assault remain silent. They may fear retribution from their offender, lack faith in the justice system, or have difficulty confronting the pain associated with the traumatic experience.”
Last year, some of Trump’s accusers urged Congress to investigate their claims against Trump in a press conference. Together they shared what it was like to watch their abuser become president even after they had publicly come forward with their claims. “It was heartbreaking last year when we all — we’re private citizens — for us to put ourselves out there to try to show America who this man is and especially how he views women and for them to say, ‘Eh, we don’t care,’ it hurt.” Samantha Holvey, one of the women who accused Trump said.
After the White House issued Trump’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month proclamation users on Twitter turned out to ask questions.
Ok, how does the White House manage to misspell "sexual assault" twice in a proclamation about Sexual Assault Awareness Month? Even just on a practical level, seems like most spellchecks should catch it. pic.twitter.com/OJlhVCGysH
— Laura Royden (@lauraroyden) April 2, 2018
Besides the obvious, like “why is he here?,” many demanded to know his intentions as well as why the White House couldn’t spell check their original proclomation.
Others are rallying to ensure that this month gives Donald Trump’s victims a voice.
April is sexual assault awareness month and Donald Trump has urged America to support survivors and work together to prevent these crimes.
Let's start by supporting the survivors of Donald Trump's sexual assaults and working together to share their stories. (THREAD)#MeToo
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) April 1, 2018
Even despite the fact that they would have liked the day to have been declared by someone they actually respected.
And of course, may have pointed out that Trump didn’t need to make a month in order to raise awarness of assualt.
It's Day Two of what Trump has officially declared "National Sexual Assault Awareness Month" — and while some may call that bizarrely hypocritical, even his most severe critics must admit that few have made us more aware of sexual assault than Donald Trump.
— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) April 2, 2018
Because his actions have done that enough on their own.
Anyway, here’s to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Let’s make it a month where we listen to Trump’s victims, raise their voices, and turn their stories into action.