President Trump claimed in a tweet last month that Time magazine told him he would likely be named Person of the Year. But the magazine's selection turned out to be, essentially, the opposite of Trump: The women and men speaking out about sexual misconduct.
Time dubbed these people “silence breakers” on a cover unveiled Wednesday, and some attributed their silence breaking to the president.
“I have real doubts about whether we'd be going through this if Hillary Clinton had won, because I think that President Trump's election, in many ways, was a setback for women,” said NBC's Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News host who last year accused former Fox chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment in a book. She added that “the overall message” of Trump's victory “was that we don't really matter.”
Trump, of course, won the presidency last fall, despite having been accused of groping and kissing women without consent — and bragging about getting away with such behavior on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape published by The Washington Post.
Trump's position is that every woman who has publicly accused him of misconduct — more than a dozen, in all — is lying.
In addition, Trump has endorsed Senate candidate Roy Moore, who pursued teenage girls while in his 30s, according to multiple women. One woman, Leigh Corfman, told The Post that she was 14 when a 32-year-old Moore sexually touched her. Another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said a news conference last month that she was 16 when a 30-year-old Moore locked her in his car and “attempted to force my head into his crotch.”
“I thought he was going to rape me,” Nelson said.
Moore denies the allegations. Trump has not said that he believes Moore but nevertheless contends that Moore's election would be better than a win by Democrat Doug Jones.
“We don’t want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama, believe me,” Trump said on Tuesday.
The president has reserved his condemnation of accused harassers and assaulters for those he views as political foils — Democratic Sen. Al Franken, journalist Matt Lauer and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, for example.
With its Person of the Year choice, Time recognized “silence breakers,” whom the president, it seems, would have preferred keep quiet.