Kellyanne Conway and Trump Jr. Seem to Forget About Trump's Accusers as They Joke About Schneiderman's Resignation
As some of those who are close to President Donald Trump celebrated the resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Monday night over allegations of physical assault by several women, they seemed to forget that the president himself stands accused of assault and sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women.
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, shared her joy at Schneiderman's downfall by sarcastically retweeting a post of his that challenged Trump.
Gotcha. https://t.co/a3NPal4z9X— Kellyanne Conway (@Kellyanne Conway)1525741873.0
Donald Trump Jr. sent out several tweets mocking the attorney general, including this one:
Was it the excessive use of eyeliner that gave it away? Totally normal! https://t.co/bDuOJWVqN8— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1525744874.0
As many pointed out, however, these petty jibes show a complete lack of awareness that the president himself stands accused on multiple fronts of misconduct. He is currently facing a lawsuit from Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," that is tied to her story of being unwillingly groped and sexually molested by the president.
Choosing to make cheap political points out of the serious and horrifying allegations against Schneiderman shows a lack of interest in actually fighting abusers. It also reinforces the impulse, which was reflected in some of the testimony in the New Yorker article revealing the allegations against Schneiderman, for partisans to defend men accused of abuse because of shared political affiliation.
If there's one thing Conway and Trump Jr. should learn from the Schneiderman story, it's this: Partisanship can blind you to the misbehavior of your political allies, and standing up to abuse should be a principle embraced by all parties. The refusal of the president's allies to take seriously the claims of abuse against him remains a significant moral failing of the United States' political system.