It was only a matter of time until Donald Trump‘s disparaging comments about women were interpreted as a federal endorsement for treating women as lesser humans and sex objects. A Florida man used the president’s exact words as a defense this week for groping a sleeping woman on an airplane. According to police, the suspect told them, “the president of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.”
Turns out the FBI will arrest you for groping a woman on an airplane even if you tell them that “the President of the United States says it’s ok to grab women by their private parts.” https://t.co/sVxK8eAdl7 pic.twitter.com/GumxAuIKQT
— Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) October 23, 2018
A woman told authorities Sunday that a man sitting behind her on a flight from Houston to Albuquerque touched her twice inappropriately. In a statement taken by police, the woman said she fell asleep about 20 minutes into the flight, but was awoken when she felt the man, identified as Bruce Alexander, reaching around her seat and touching her breast. She initially though the touch was accidental, but it continued even after she moved around in her seat, indicating to her it was “attentive.” She told the man she didn’t know why he thought that would be okay, and then asked to change seats.
Alexander was charged with abusive sexual contact, though in his written statement, he only admitted to remembering the woman speaking to him briefly before switching seats. It was in the car after being arrested by law enforcement that he brought up the words of the president from the infamous Access Hollywood tape.
You’ll recall the audio recording from the filming of an Access Hollywood featurette during which Trump told host Billy Bush that he likes to “just start kissing” women because “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” culminating in the much-quoted line, “Grab ’em by the p—y.”
This new “Trump Defense” has people talking about the importance of morality leadership.
the president of the United States. Leads like a thug. Not an example for children to aspire to emulate. How very sad. Children for the past 240 years looked at the president as an example of fine character. Now we have a president that Rapists admire. Welcome to Trumpian times
— vicki schmidtwallace (@SchmidtVicki) October 23, 2018
Nope. It was not okay for President Clinton to abuse his position either. This is not an either/or. Both are wrong.
— Chelsea Mellon (@ChelseaMellon1) October 23, 2018
No excuse for that kind of behaviour, and the guy should be convicted of the offense, but it does seem unfair to be held to a higher standard than the U.S. President.
Anna North: “Man accused of groping woman on airplane argues that Trump says it’s okay” https://t.co/W5xH4BiCws
— Ben Atkinson (@BenAtkinsonPhD) October 24, 2018