Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

US President Donald Trump assaulted the French First Lady in front of his wife, her husband and the visual press – for all to see

Do you know the expression “hiding in plain view”? That’s what the Trump boys are doing. But don’t think of them trying to be inconspicuous, unnoticeable. Rather: They do something happily that everyone would be ashamed of; do something openly that everyone would try to obscure. Then it should be OK, no?

Here we have two very recent examples.

Donald Trump Jr. admits and delivers proof of having been eager to collude with the Russian government to help his father win the Presidency. However, he doesn’t do that meekly as admission. His tone is one of giving an alibi, as The Daily Show argued elegantly and convincingly (4:10-4:30). It could never be seriously wrong if he happily owns up to it, can it?

More seriously than colluding with the prime hostile enemy country of the US is previously lying about it. Perjury, to be precise. The first is “only” unethical; the second is a Federal crime – 5 years in jail. Let’s recycle a Trump election campaign slogan: Lock Him Up.

In The Translators – Interpreting Donald Trump: The Daily Show is as great as ever. I value the whole brilliant tape. Yet, I want to point out something from quite the beginning that Trevor Noah left out – hey, no one is perfect. Let’s say: he kicked the ball for open goal for me to score.

The present US President is dumb enough (some would call it oppressive enough) to assume that he’s doing a great job when:

  • When he sees a black person, he’ll express his concern for the inner cities. Isn’t that where all black people live and their only concern all day long?
  • When he meets a beautiful proud women, he’ll compliment her on the merchandise. What else could be more valuable about her than her looks? That’s how you make her happy, no?

He doesn’t even seem to know it’s a problem. He’s just being nice. Supposedly. Because I remember the taped conversation in which he brags that once you’re high up there, you can do anything to women (see 2:13, and: here). So he does know after all.

US President Donald Trump assaulted the French First Lady in front of his wife, her husband and the visual press – for all to see. Now, for those who would claim that he’s really only giving a nice compliment here – just stop all the politically correct fuss already – please watch the reaction of Mrs. Macron (from the back). She doesn’t go: “O, how nice of you to say so, Donald.” Watch 0:32-0:34. She seeks physical support with the US First Lady, seeks to hide behind her. This “praise” did not land as a compliment.

And this defines for Israeli Law sexual harassment. Not how you supposedly meant it but rather how it is received. It’s on the guys to watch their mouth and hands, not the gals to “not be so sensitive.” (I remember how outside of Israel so often anti-Semitism is denied with: Jews are so over-sensitive.) You made her feel attacked, you attacked. You made her feel like trash, you trashed her. In Israel you go to jail for such a remark. Not him, because overseas he has diplomatic immunity, but everyone else would.

When an Israeli president would act like that, most probably he’d go to jail – he wouldn’t be the first. We don’t spare our highest officials the embarrassment – there is one law and everyone is equal opposite of it. Even stronger: We should expect better from people in high positions.

In a world empty of sexism, and male dominance insensitivity and supremacy, Congress would impeach Trump the next day. Just because he’s such an embarrassment for the awesome people of the United States of America, and the greatest democracy’s values. But the representatives of the people will not stand for the women – 51% of the Nation. They all had mothers and grandmothers, and many of them have wives, daughters and granddaughters, but they’ll let him be. He did worse things. Supposedly. They could set a standard for a better world and in one sweep bring on a better world. But they won’t.

I can’t take away all of US sexism, but I can protest. And to all of you who understand the gravity of sexual assault: it will get better. Just hang in there, so that you’ll be there to see the end of it.

This blog post was written before Shabbat to be ready to be posted immediately after the holy day.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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