On October 9, 2016, the presidential election discourse reached new lows. Anderson Cooper, CNN’s openly gay news correspondent, accused Donald Trump of sexual assault during the debate:
“You described kissing women without their consent, grabbing their genitals. That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?” “No, I didn’t say that at all,” responded Trump. “I don’t think you understood what was said. This was locker room talk.
If you heard Trump’s conversation with Billy Bush (George W. Bush’s relative) on a bus to Access Hollywood, you would have heard Trump bragging to the younger Billy Bush of his sexual exploits. In that (illegally?) recorded conversation, Trump states that with their consent, he touched women who are enamored with his fame:
“And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything”
“Sexual Assault” is legally defined as non-consensual sexual touching of another’s intimate parts.
Trump never admitted that he touched any woman without their consent. He said, “they let you do it,” meaning that it was consensual. Cooper’s unfounded attacks are a politically exploitative disgrace.
While Trump can be accused of engaging in discussion that may be deemed inappropriate or politically incorrect, accusing Trump of criminal behavior is inexcusable.
Anderson Cooper is a hypocrite. Having come out of the closet as a homosexual, Cooper should be particularly sensitive to Men’s Rights.
Also, Hillary Clinton was married to president who had open affairs with his staff and was nearly impeached for it by Congress. When these same women accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment and sexual assault, Hillary stood by him.
Nobody is defending sexual assault. However, feminist defenders, including Anderson Cooper need to understand the very serious consequences of making false criminal allegations of sexual assault (or any type of abuse).
Presidential politics has reached a new low when candidates and the media exploits gender politics in this way.