“There’s no more complete catalog of sexist slurs,” wrote New York Times critic Marion Meade in 1971. No, Ms. Meade was not referring to a young Donald Trump, but rather to Just Like a Woman, a song written by the 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Boy Dylan.
We don’t know Ms. Meade’s impression of Donald Trump, but it would be safe to guess that she’s not a fan and would likely take umbrage at the remarks that Mr. Trump made about women in the now infamous videotape of his comments while taping a segment of Access Hollywood in 2005.
74-year-old women recalled being groped in 1980
In recent days, some other women have come forward with recollections that Mr. Trump behaved inappropriately towards them. However, as is often the case, there is no definitive proof of what occurred. For example, The New York Times reported yesterday that 74-year-old Jessica Leeds reached out to the Times after watching Sunday’s debate to share a recollection that back in the early 1980’s Donald Trump had tried to grope her on a plane. However, Ms. Leeds never filed a complaint with the airline or police.
No history of any criminal sexual abuse charges against Trump
There is no record of any women ever filing a sexual assault criminal charge against Donald Trump. In 1997, Jill Harth filed a lawsuit against Trump for “harassing her and grabbing her against her will,” for an incident that was alleged to have occurred in 1992. Later that year, Ms. Harth dropped the lawsuit and, according to a story in the New York Times, then dated Mr. Trump.
There is no way of objectively determining what the truth is in these and other accounts of inappropriate behavior on the part of Mr. Trump. It is a fact that many women are hesitant to bring forth allegations of sexual misconduct; it is also a fact that some people may see an allegation against Trump as an opportunity for publicity and fortune.
Trump is attracted to women
Donald Trump has never made any attempt to deny that he is attracted to women. He is a billionaire several times over, has been a reality TV star and owns beauty pageants. It is not hard to imagine that there have been many women over the years who have found Donald Trump attractive.
There’s nothing I love more than women, but they’re really a lot different than portrayed. They are far worse than men, far more aggressive, and boy, can they be smart.
I don’t know why, but I seem to bring out either the best or worst in women.
I love women. They’ve come into my life. They’ve gone out of my life. Even those who have exited somewhat ungracefully still have a place in my heart.
— Donald Trump, The Art of the Comeback
Women and American presidents
America has a long history of powerful and effective leaders who have engaged in sexual affairs and talked about women in a manner that many today would find crude and misogynistic.
· Johnson had an unfillable hole in his ego. Feelings of emptiness spurred him to eat, drink, and smoke to excess. Sexual conquests also helped to fill the void. He was a competitive womanizer. When people mentioned Kennedy's many affairs, Johnson would bang the table and declare that he had more women by accident than Kennedy ever had on purpose. — Bill Moyers, Press Secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson
· John F. Kennedy, whose dalliances with scores of women, including movie goddess Marilyn Monroe, have become the stuff of legend. Kennedy biographer Robert Dallek describes JFK as a "compulsive womanizer" whose insatiable urge for sexual conquests was fueled by a complex array of personal traumas. — Patrick J. Kiger, The National Geographic Channel
· After nearly 14 hours of debate, the House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton, the second president in American history to be impeached, vowed to finish his term.
In November 1995, Clinton began an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a 21-year-old unpaid intern. Over the course of a year and a half, the president and Lewinsky had nearly a dozen sexual encounters in the White House. — History.com
During the height of his impeachment trial, President Bill Clinton had an approval rating of 78% according to a Gallup poll taken in 1998. News of John Kennedy’s affairs did little to damage his reputation, nor has it tarnished President Johnson. Regarding judging their presidents, Americans have been willing to overlook their sex lives.
It remains to be seen if the public will give Donald Trump a pass on what he said on a videotape in 2005, or if the recent allegations from a group of women regarding events that occurred many years ago, will influence voters. According to Mr. Trump, his comments were nothing more than “locker room” banter. While some may be shocked to learn that men (and women) talk about the opposite sex in a manner similar to Mr. Trump, others are not.