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Trump thinks the #MeToo movement is "spinning out of control"

Trump is worried about women who are speaking out against their harassers


Nicole Karlis
December 11, 2017 8:23PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump doesn't believe the women who have come forward to say that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore tried to pursue them when they were teens. But the president is also worried about the movement that is pushing women to speak up.

According to three sources who spoke to Politico, he seriously doubts the allegations Roy Moore faces. “Who were these women, he [Trump] asked, and why had they kept quiet for 40 years only to level charges weeks before an election?” He has also reportedly complained that the barrage of men facing consequences for their sexual misconduct is “spinning out of control.”

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This report comes after a weekend where Trump once again endorsed Roy Moore at a rally in Pensacola, Florida, and publicly mocked one of Moore’s accusers, Beverly Young Nelson, suggesting that she committed forgery.

Trump, who has dismissed the validity of all of Moore’s accusers' allegations, and appears to foster the same attitude towards the victims of the 40 men who have recently been accused of sexual misconduct, may be getting anxious. As many men have faced consequences in the last couple months, critics have wondered why Trump hasn't been condemned and questioned. But new developments suggest it’s only a matter of time before his own day of reckoning arrives. 

On Monday morning, three women — Samantha Holvey, Jessica Leeds, and Rachel Crooks — who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, appeared on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today.” The women were promoting Robert Greenwald's forthcoming documentary about the charges surrounding the president, called "16 Women and Donald Trump." All three recounted at least some elements of their alleged encounters.

Another sign that Trump’s day of reckoning could be in the near future also occurred over the weekend when U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said during a TV interview that the women accusing him “should be heard, and they should be dealt with." She added, “I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”

It's no wonder Trump is reportedly unhappy with all of this.


Nicole Karlis

Nicole Karlis is a news writer at Salon. She covers health, science, tech and gender politics. Tweet her @nicolekarlis.

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