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Trump’s response to those sexual misconduct allegations is seriously vile

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Democratic lawmakers have called for President Donald Trump’s resignation after multiple women renewed their sexual misconduct allegations against him. And, unsurprisingly, the POTUS responded in the worst possible way…

Women’s rights may have come a long way, but global misogyny is still disturbingly prevalent – particularly in the office of “pussy-grabbing” Trump. This has been made abundantly clear on countless occasions, but none more so than in the president’s response to Democratic politicians’ call for him to resign because of the litany of sexual misconduct allegations made against him.

Instead of targeting the Democrats at large, Trump decided to take aim directly at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. And what he had to say to her was, quite frankly, abhorrent.

Trump’s tweet apparently comes in response to Gillibrand’s recent interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, in which she said: “President Donald Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity.

“He should be fully investigated and he should resign.”

Naturally, it was predicted by almost everyone that Trump would fire off a tweet in response. However, the derogatory and sexist implications behind his words – that Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign contributions and is “used” – did not go unnoticed by the people of Twitter.

Many fellow politicians also came to Gillibrand’s defence:

And Gillibrand, proving she doesn’t need anyone to fight her battles for her, also replied to Trump directly.

“You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office,” she tweeted.

Speaking at a news conference later that same day, Gillibrand told reporters that she absolutely sees the president’s tweet as derogatory.

“I see it as a sexist smear. I mean that’s what it is,” she said, according to CNN. “It’s part of the President’s efforts of name calling and it’s not going to silence me, it’s not going to silence me. It’s intended to silence me. It’s not going to silence the women who have stood up against him directly, and it’s not going to silence the millions of women who been speaking out every day since his inauguration about things they disagree with.”

Despite this, Sarah Sanders – Trump’s spokeswoman – has insisted that the president’s comments were in “no way sexist at all”.

And, denying any sexual innuendo in the tweet, she added: “Only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way.”

At least 15 women have come forward with a wide range of accusations against Trump, ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behaviour around women. Of the women, 13 say Trump attacked them directly and two others say they witnessed behaviour that made them uncomfortable. All the alleged incidents took place prior to Trump’s assuming the presidency.

“We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump,” 56 female Democratic lawmakers said in a letter calling for an investigation into allegations against the POTUS.

“With that said, the President should be allowed to present evidence in his own defence.”

The White House’s official stance is that women making accusations against Trump are lying and Trump has slammed the accusations “false” and “fabricated” (via a tweet, naturally).

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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