In solidarity with the #MeToo movement, some Democrats have taken a cue from the Golden Globes and are planning to wear black to Trump’s first State of the Union address later this month. It’s a move to symbolically tell the country — and Trump — that we support any sexual abuse victim who finds the bravery to tell their story – to spread awareness. The word on the street is that some of these lawmakers are taking their statements a little further than their all-black wardrobes.
An aide to Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) said that “some members will be bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates as their guests.” This will make a strong statement to the Trump Administration that something needs to be done about the dynamics between men and women in places of business. Or perhaps it’s less a gender matter and more of a power matter – in either case, it’s a problem Trump needs to address – even though he has blatantly admitted to sexually assaulting women. We all heard it, didn’t we? Billy Bush remembers it well.
Maybe seeing victims’ faces will convince Trump that these women are not making up stories to take down powerful men – which is always the rhetoric from sexist pigs.
Donald Trump is familiar with this type of tactic – during the presidential debates in 2016, he invited Paula Jones and two other Bill Clinton accusers with him to throw Hillary off her stride – which may be one of the intentions of the Democratic lawmakers bringing abuse victims.
NBC reported that “there had not been discussion of inviting victims of Trump’s alleged harassment to the State of the Union. The invites will be extended to other victims.” Besides Trump’s disgusting conversation about grabbing women by the genitals with Billy Bush, Trump has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.
While some abusers admit to their misconduct and step down, Trump never will. While we hope this plan places Trump off-balance and brings more awareness, he will probably be too self-absorbed to notice.