Dear women of America: Good news! Donald Trump thinks you’re special, and not just in a “happens to be his daughter Ivanka” kind of way. No, Trump thinks you’re all a bunch of real special ladies, and he’d like you to keep that fact in mind as he continues to offer his support to accused sexual abuser Roy Moore during his current Senate campaign. “Women are very special, it’s a very special time,” Trump said today, apparently referring to an era in which a man facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment and assault, and who once bragged about grabbing women by their genitals, can put brazen party politics over the rights of alleged victims while simultaneously touting his feminist bona fides. A very special time, indeed!
Of course, Trump has always been a vocal critic of sexual harassment committed by people he already didn’t like or who weren’t of use to him, making a number of blubbery murmurs about Harvey Weinstein in recent weeks, and calling out Senator Al Franken by name (or mean-spirited, childish nickname, as the case may be). But, obviously, that’s still no reason for Trump to follow in the footsteps of establishment Republicans and withdraw his support for Moore, who’s now been accused of sexual misconduct with five teenagers when he was in his 30s. Not when we got tax cut votes coming up!
Trump barely held himself back from outright endorsing Moore today, but The New York Times reports that he and his administration have functionally done everything but as they warily eye the Alabama senate race. Trump reiterated this week that Moore has denied the allegations against him, and heaped criticism on his opponent, Doug Jones, while mouthpieces like Kellyanne Conway have repeatedly emphasized that there’s nothing more important to the White House than getting its tax plan passed. That being said, women, Trump still cares about you and your little problems, whenever it’s not politically inconvenient for him to do so. “A lot of things are coming out,” he said today, apparently irony-free, “And I think that’s good for our society and I think it’s very very good for women, and I’m very happy these things are coming out.”