The beginning of the end for impunity
This tweet greeted me as I was eating my Cheerios this morning:
Yes. Donald J. (Fredo) Trump, Jr.’s takeaway from the Kavanaugh mess isn’t to be fearful for his daughters being sexually assaulted, but for his sons being “falsely accused.”
First off: I’m the third of three sons that my parents bore and raised. They worried. They worried a lot, as all immigrant parents worried. But I’m damned sure that one thing they didn’t worry about was one of us being accused of rape or attempted rape. That’s just something no normal parent worries about.
Secondly: What a crappy parent. The statistics are clear: women are far more likely to be raped or assaulted than men are to be falsely accused of rape or assault. What Fredo is saying is that he values his daughters less than his sons. Now, this isn’t surprising coming from this family; however, for him to say this out loud is yet another indication of why he’s so unfit to be anywhere near any levers of influence in our national discourse.
What men like Fredo are really worried about is the end of impunity. They’re frightened that they will be held to account for their malfeasance. They will no longer get a free ride for every lechery they commit. Women and the men who support them will no longer tolerate a wink and a nod; they will be brought to the dock for their actions. Consequences feel like tyranny for those who’ve escaped them for so long.
Fredo is telling his sons that the world is stacked against them due to evil feminists. And he’s telling his daughters that their testimonies are worthless. In other words, par for the course for the Trump family.
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