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.