Trump’s #MeToo message
“Heads up, women; there’s something Donald Trump wants you to know,” said Frida Ghitis. The #MeToo movement that’s finally called to account men who harass and assault women? The president thinks it’s a joke. Trump last week named as his new chief of communications Bill Shine, who was forced out as a Fox News executive after presiding over an empire that was “a nest of sexual harassment, denigration, and abuse of women.” Under Shine, CEO Roger Ailes and prime-time star Bill O’Reilly abused large numbers of female staffers, and lawsuits forced Fox to pay out tens of millions to the victims. Though Shine was not personally accused of harassment, he’s been named in several lawsuits, and it’s hard to believe he “was not well aware of the dark doings in the offices of the powerful.” Shine “will be right at home” working for Trump, who has been accused by more than 15 women of groping and harassing them. As if this president’s contempt for women hadn’t been clear enough, he used a rally in Montana last week to mock what he called “the Me Too generation,” sarcastically saying he’s now required to be “gentle” in dealing with female critics. Mr. President, women hear your message loud and clear.