Extra, Extra, Extra, read all about it! Donald John Trump, the twice impeached former President of the United States of America, is charged in a multiple-count New York indictment. Charges against Trump are the first for a former American President.
In 1975, a sitting American President, Richard Milhous Nixon, came close to an indictment for his involvement in the burglary of the Democratic National Committee’s office in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, District of Columbia. Instead, Nixon beat the justice department to the jump when he resigned from office in disgrace.
From 1868 to 1964, Georgia, the self-proclaimed peach state, voted Democratic in each Presidential election cycle. In 1968, Georgia broke with nearly a century of voting for Democratic Presidential candidates. That year, Georgia gave its ten electoral votes to American Independent Party candidate George C. Wallace. Then in 1972, Georgia sided with Republican Richard Nixon, before again giving the nod to a Democrat, native son, Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980.
Russia or China or North Korea, if you are listening to the American President, go out and spy on his Democratic opponents. If you all are listening, call Don Jr. and set up a meeting in Rose Garden. Don loves any dirt you can provide him on Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. Don’t worry about the others, they will soon drop out on their own.
Did Donald Trump say it or didn’t he say it and does it matter if he said it. The it being the “N” word, which stands for you know what, the name given to Black Americans by white Americans when they want to denigrate Black people and to flex their white supremacist muscles.
Trump said he did not say it. Omarosa Manigault Newman said he said it. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she would not be surprised if there is a tape of him saying it. Georgia State Senator Michael Williams says it does not matter if Trump said it years before he became President.
Try as hard as he might, Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States can’t dislodge a 44 year-old ordained Baptist Preacher from his craw.
Trump was enjoying his summer vacation playing golf at one of his resorts in Jersey when Omarosa Manigault Newman got stuck in his craw with the publication of her book, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.
If Omarosa Manigault Newman has the smoking gun which would bring an end to the Trump presidency should she be heard?
I pose this question because on Sunday’s Meet The Press with Chuck Todd, Omarosa said her third book, Unhinged: An Inside Account of the Trump White House (Galley Books, 330 pages, 2018), reveals she witnessed Trump place a sheet of paper in his mouth and chew on it after receiving it from his then fix it attorney Michael Cohen.
I don’t have any young children or grandchildren, so I’m asking for a friend.
What do you tell your children and grandchildren about managing their conduct in social settings in light of the scandalous revelations about the president and the many women who have alleged that they have had unprotected sexual relations with him?
I just don’t get it. What lurks within the heart of a government official who would take away the pension of a civil servant who gave more than 20 years of his life to the government?
It makes no sense to me. Simply cold and heartless is about all I can make of Attorney General Jeff Sessions move to fire Andrew McCabe two days before his full pension vests.
A little flirt here, a little flirt there plus a couple of decades equals sexual battery. At least this is what the recent rash of “Me Too” moments from back in the day seem to add up to for those who dare to brave the backlash and do the arithmetic.
Actress Angela Lansbury at 92 years of age said as much in a radio interview which was broadcasted in November. According to USA Today, Lansbury addressing the “Me Too” movement opined: “There is two sides to this coin. We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive. And unfortunately it has backfired on us — and this is where we are today.”
Unfortunately for Lansbury, the social climate does not want to view the other side of this coin. To do so would blunt the thrust of women who are claiming their space in the 21st century. A flirt here and a flirt there may have provided women a safe space in previous times, but not now. Women no longer want to put up with currying favor from men in order to make it in the workplace. Nor should they.
Lansbury drew sharp criticism from the twitter universe for her balanced approached to the age old drama between men and women.
Her critics pointed to the most egregious examples of rape to slap back at Lansbury and anyone else bold enough to get in the way of the “Me Too” avalanche as it gain momentum by the second.
Obviously, a feminist of Lansbury’s legacy, would never condone raping a three month old baby girl, but this is the narrative put forth by Patrica Arquette to shun Lansbury and to ostracize her point of view.
Thus far this movement has mostly claimed liberal entertainers and politicians. Men, who in their public lives have at least promoted the goals of equality for all.
While conservative men, like Donald Trump and Roy Moore, who champion the restriction of women’s rights in particular, seem to be getting a big time hall pass from the “Me Too” movement, largely because, the conservatives thus far implicated in sexual misconduct have flat out lied or called their accusers liars.
The vast majority of men do not prescribe to the Trump philosophy that women are waiting to be touched in their private area by men, or believe as Moore seemingly does, that cruising the mall for high school girls is the Divine Right of a God fearing Christian man.
Yet the universal male gender is placed under a “Me Too” microscope waiting to be judged by today’s changing mores for interpersonal relations that were not challenged years and in some cases decades ago when the alleged conduct occurred.
Notwithstanding the fact that the failure to report was due to fear of retribution or in some cases went unreported to curry favor of some sort at that time.
Which brings us back to the gist of Lansbury’s posit, a flirt here and a flirt there and the poor fellow thinks a particular behavior is okay.
If it was not, hopefully the man comported himself accordingly. If so, end of story. The incident should be left in the past. If on the other hand, something untoward occurred, that is a problem that must be dealt with whenever the victim summons the courage to come forth, no matter how long it takes them to summons that courage.
Leaders of “Me Too” have made their point, women are humans and are not to be objectified by the male species. This paradigm shift must of necessity be codified into the law of the land.
A passing caveat for men: A flirt does not mean she wants intimacy. If that is your goal, you’d best take matters into your own hands and not in the way that Roy and Donald have allegedly done in the past, if you know what I mean.
Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org