Karine Jean-Pierre: Trump’s ‘In The Oval Office Essentially Defecating on Women’
Likening President Trump to Harvey Weinstein, a Columbia University professor is suggesting that Trump is even worse, as uses his position as president to "essentially defecat[e] on women."
Whereas Weinstein has suffered "tangible" consequences for his sexual assault, Trump was instead elected president, Columbia University lecturer and MoveOn.org national spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, said.
"Just almost a year ago we elected Donald Trump, who we know is a sexual assaulter," she said. "And people still believed him and elected him. And the thing that is even crazier than that is he now sits behind the Resolute Desk in the oval office essentially defecating on women, signing executive orders taking away rights from women."
Jean-Pierre also accused Trump of trying to "dehumanize" black women.
"For every Trump controversy there seems to be a black woman that this administration wants to take down publicly, dehumanize, and really just try to destroy," she said. "And it’s incredibly dangerous, troubling, and disgusting."
A co-panelist, the Democratic strategist Tara Dowdell, in part blamed a lack of equal pay for "a society that devalues women."
"We don’t have equal pay in this country," Dowdell said. "By definition we’re telling women you are not equally valued in this society. That makeswoman less likely to come forward. There are people that want to take away our reproductive health care rights. These are all things that contribute to a society that devalues women and contributes to a system that devalues women.
Jean-Pierre appeared on MSNBC's "AM Joy" and addressed the issue of when to give women making accusations of sexual assault the benefit of the doubt. Here's an excerpt:
REID: "The other thing that we’ve seen is a little creep of respectability politics coming in. There have been a couple -- Mayim Bialik apologized for what she wrote in an oped, essentially saying that modest dress and the way you carry yourself would prevent these things from happening. You know there are women who are saying, well -- you know, when the Cosby accusers, we're picking and choosing which one we think might have had a scandal is bad, or we don't believe that one in particular because of who she is. Talk a little bit about that and what responsibility we have to like negate the respectability politics in whether we believe these women."
JEAN-PIERRE: "Yes, Joy. It’s incredibly problematic. As someone who’s raising a young girl, that is the wrong message to be sending to any young woman as they’re growing up. It is not their fault at all. The responsibility and the onus is on the man. We also have to be sure that men are held accountable. I think the interesting thing we’re see right now with the Harvey Weinstein story is there are tangible results for what he’s done, which we don’t formally see. And just almost a year ago we elected Donald Trump, who we know is a sexual assaulter. And people still believed him and elected him. And the thing that is even crazier than that is he now sits behind the Resolute Desk in the oval office essentially defecating on women, signing executive orders taking away rights from women. Now with Harvey Weinstein’s story and the others, and the other men in the different industries, we’re actually seeing some results because of the avalanche, because women are coming out and speaking. With that we need to send the right message to our young people in particular and watching all of this and say, 'It’s okay, you can be who you are, you don’t need to change who you are and it’s okay to speak out, we have your back.'"