I woke up this morning to find that #NextFakeTrumpVictim is trending on Twitter. The gist of the majority of tweets with this hashtag is that the women who recently came forward to describe their groping by the Republican nominee for President of the United States, Donald Trump, were lying. The tweeters evidently know this because why else would these women wait decades before telling anyone? And, why didn’t they file police reports at the time of the incidents? Further, these Trump supporters seem to think that Hillary must have had a hand in the disclosures because she is desperate due to Wikileaks release of her Campaign Chair, John Podesta’s hacked emails.
To give you a flavor of the Fake Victim echo chamber, here’s a sample of the tweets from both men:
And women (presumably):
Would you disclose?
Let’s say something like this happened to you 20 or 30 years ago? Would you have come forward? We have to remember that attitudes about sexual harassment and sexual assault were very different then. Many victims at that time declined to tell their story publicly—even to police—because they rightfully feared being revictimized by people who thought they asked for it because…
- You shouldn’t have been there—wherever it was…you were careless or worse
- You were asking for it: Your dress was too short, your top too revealing, your breasts too big, your body too sexy
- You came onto him first—we all saw it
- You have or had multiple lovers in the past—you must be a whore
- You are lying to hurt him, to get money from him, to destroy his life…etc.
I could go on and on about how it was then, but I think it is more important to point out that it is happening all over again as Trump and his supporters malign the intent of the women who have come forward. Look at these tweets:
You can also drag the victim through the mud:
Or call out her behavior to justify your own (but nothing justifies sexual assault or harassment):
So, I ask you again, if you were groped by a rich, powerful, litigious man, sometime in the distant past, would you have come forward at the time? OhNoSheTwitnt sums it up well when she tweeted: