Way to fire us up

There’s nothing quite like a rich white ignorant talentless man in a position of maximum power telling women to shut up for making women get EVEN LOUDER.

That’s especially true when he’s a rich white ignorant talentless man with a long history of assaulting and insulting women.

It’s especially true when he’s a rich white ignorant talentless man with a long history of assaulting and insulting women who are orders of magnitude more intelligent and better informed and more ethically aware than he is.

President Trump forcefully entered the national debate about sexual harassment on Tuesday, again dismissing his own accusers as fabricating their stories and saying that a prominent Democratic senator, a woman, “would do anything” for campaign contributions and calling her a “lightweight.”

The president’s attacks came in early morning Twitter posts after several of the accusers had come forward on Monday to renew their charges that Mr. Trump had sexually assaulted them before he was president. His Twitter attack also came after the senator, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, had called for him to resign.

By inserting himself directly into the discussion, the president ensured that calls for revived scrutiny over the women’s allegations would gain new energy and prominence.

Go on, President Pussygrabber, insult us some more. We’ll sink our fangs into your ankles so hard a crowbar can’t get us off you.

Gillibrand briskly pointed out that Trump’s tweet was a sexist smear.

The president was pointed in his criticism of Ms. Gillibrand, saying she “would do anything” for campaign contributions, without providing details about what he meant.

Oh, you know – the usual – blow jobs for drunken sailors, that kind of thing.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Trump ignored a shouted question from a reporter about what he meant in his Twitter post.

Coward. Weasel. He can say anything on Twitter, but in person he just scowls and ignores.

“In his tweets, whether intentionally or not, Donald Trump cues these gendered beliefs that women are less capable (or “lightweight”) and that ambition in women is something to be maligned,” said Kelly Dittmar, a scholar at the Center for Women and Politics at Rutgers University, in an emailed message.

Of course it’s intentionally. Don’t be giving him wiggle room. He doesn’t trip on a White House carpet and accidentally tweet that Gillibrand is a lightweight. (I know, that’s not what she meant. She meant that he says these things from his foul id and may not be consciously aware of how coded they are. I know. But it’s one of those things where you don’t get to plead ignorance as an excuse. His foul id is reekingly sexist and it knows what it’s doing, even if Definitely Disgusting Donnie doesn’t.)

Christine Matthews, a Republican pollster, said Mr. Trump was following his playbook by going “full force against accusers.”

“I think he’s worse with women but he just throws every insult that he can possibly throw,” she said. “That ‘would do anything to get elected’ is fairly ominous — it can be taken in a way that is very suggestive, and I think that is obviously horrible.”

She said that the political climate had changed and that there was no returning to a time when sexual harassment was tolerated. “Having a president who attacks other women for how they look or suggests that they are sexually promiscuous or liars, it’s going to hurt the party over all,” Ms. Matthews said.

Is it? When?

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