Republican strategist and former White House communications director Nicolle Wallace laid down some harsh truth in response to Donald Trump’s attacks on Mika Brzezinski, saying Trump needs to apologize and Republicans need to demand a retraction.
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As a former WH comms director, my thoughts to the President's tweets: https://t.co/hhDNMWeAmL
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) June 29, 2017
Wallace started off by saying as a former communications strategist for the White House, there’s a single communication strategy and it’s called an apology.
She said all of the women collecting pay checks from the U.S. taxpayers need to go on the record to condemn Trump’s comments and work behind the scenes to educate him about how offensive they are.
Wallace said as someone who once proudly called herself a Republican the party will be permanently associated with misogyny if leaders don’t stand up and demand a retraction.
Finally, the MSNBC host said as a mother of a son she’s asking any woman defending these comments how they plan to raise good men if the most powerful man in the world gets away with this.
These are all excellent, professional, smart and compassionate suggestions.
That is why this White House will be damned before the implement any of them. Only a few Republican men could even muster the courage to say in weak language that they didn’t approve of what Trump did, but even this they said as if it were a momentary blip, when in reality Donald Trump is a serial attacker of women.
Trump was caught on tape bragging about grabbing women by their “p*ssy”. Multiple women came forward during the campaign to say that Trump had sexually assaulted them. Reports surfaced of Trump calling women journalists a “c*nt”. Trump attacked Megyn Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, and Katy Tur with a specific viciousness that he repeated today.
Donald Trump behaves in public the way many men behave behind closed doors. Women are quite aware of what the President is signaling, even as some male journalists fretted that we were wasting time today focusing on this while “real” things were going down.
This is a real thing. This is as real as it gets for many women, especially those who are raising children right now. This man is in the biggest seat in the world. He is supposed to conduct himself like a role model. Instead he’s giving all of the creeps in the country a free pass, signaling to our little boys that they can proudly treat women like “sh*t” and rise to the presidency, and signaling to little girls that their biggest aspiration is to be a piece of eye candy for a man like Trump.
That doesn’t even get into what Trump is doing to our image in the rest of the world. It’s not good.
Wallace is right, but sadly there aren’t any Republicans with the moral fiber and political courage to do the right thing. They would rather enable this sick man in attacking women than risk the political backlash of being a decent man in the Republican Party.
Update June 30th 10:40 AM: This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Nicolle Wallace’s first name, from one “l” to two.
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