During the 2016 American presidential campaign, Megyn Kelly, then employed by Fox News, confronted candidate Donald Trump with the evidence of his miserable treatment of women.
“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,” the moderator told Trump.
Adopting a defiant air, Trump famously responded, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
Admitting to treating even one woman with such disrespect was bad enough. Since then, however, Trump has compounded his Neanderthal attitude towards women. Multiple victims have accused Trump of everything from rape and sexual assault, to unwanted groping, fondling and kissing.
Trump says they’re all liars. Further, and in a demonstrable lie, he says that he doesn’t know any of them – including a woman featured on his former reality show, Celebrity Apprentice.
How, you might ask, did someone with this twisted relationship with women ever manage to get elected president? Hilary Clinton expected women to flock to the Democratic ticket in November, 2016. Instead, more than half of white women voted for Trump.
The black women vote, by comparison, was only 6% for Trump, and Hispanic women, 32%.
So – white women helped to elect Donald Trump. The mind boggles.
But if you think that Trump is the only sexual deviant and predator ever elected President of the United States, think again.
The Grover Cleveland sex scandal has long been considered the most despicable in American political history. Its aftermath, however, was even more disgraceful.
Ten days before Christmas in 1873, an attractive 38-year-old woman named Maria Halpin was strolling down Swan Street in Buffalo, New York. She was on her way to a friend’s birthday party. Coming down the street towards her was a big, six-foot-tall acquaintance named Grover Cleveland – then nationally unknown.
Cleveland insisted on taking Halpin to dinner at the nearby Ocean Dining Hall & Oyster House. After enjoying dinner together, Cleveland walked Halpin back to her room at a local boarding house – the friend’s birthday party apparently forgotten.
According to Halpin, Grover Cleveland proceeded to rape her in her room – holding her down by force and assaulting her despite her attempts to stop him.
When Cleveland finished his attack, Halpin threatened to report him to the police. Cleveland apparently responded by telling Halpin that he would “ruin” her if it cost him a fortune to do so.
Six weeks after the assault, the unfortunate Maria Halpin discovered that she was pregnant.
Grover Cleveland continued to reveal his true character, just as Trump has done with shocking regularity since becoming president one year ago.
Maria Halpin gave birth to a son. Grover Cleveland had the boy forcibly removed from his mother and turned over to the Buffalo Orphan Asylum. Then, as if this wasn’t appalling enough, he had Halpin thrown into the Providence Lunatic Asylum in order to delegitimize any accusations she might bring against him.
In 1881, Cleveland was elected mayor of Buffalo. One year later, he became governor of New York.
In 1884, Cleveland won the Democratic nomination for president.
With Halpin having been judged sane and released from the asylum, rumours of Cleveland’s assault and subsequent malfeasance began to reach the media.
Cleveland and his aides, much like Trump and his lackey Sarah Huckabee Sanders, proceeded to mount a smear campaign against the victim.
Halpin was portrayed as a promiscuous drunkard. Cleveland maintained that he took charge of the child’s welfare for purely altruistic reasons, rather than paternal ones.
Grover Cleveland served four year as president of the United States. Four years after his first term ended, he was elected again.
If it was put to a vote, Grover Cleveland might narrowly defeat Donald Trump for the title of the worst sex scandal among U.S. presidents. But Cleveland barely registers on the scale of Trump’s insults and attacks against foreigners, the disabled, Gold Star families, war heroes like Senator John McCain and the Navajo code breakers – the list goes on and on.
Last month, a stunning 96% of Alabama’s African-American female voters cast their votes for Democrat Doug Jones in a senate race that was seen as a major repudiation of Donald Trump, who supported the accused child molester, Judge Roy Moore. However, 63% of white women voted for Moore.
There’s an old French saying. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.