Donald Trump's Double Standard On Infidelity
Credit: Esquire
October 3, 2016

A New York Times story online focuses Hillary Clinton's response to her husband's infidelities, especially her actions toward the women who made claims of affairs and one night stands, or propositions from him while he held office in Arkansas. While not having much to do with the election or policy, the story is great gossip, with behind the scenes reports from reporters and others who observed Hillary's response as the stories broke and of her leading efforts to gather information to discredit the claims.

The Times reports Arkansas state employee Paula Jones who received a $850,000 settlement, as saying: “'They sent out people to dig up trash on me.' The Clintons saw Ms. Jones’s lawsuit in political terms; it was bankrolled by the conservative Rutherford Institute, part of what Mrs. Clinton would call a “vast right-wing conspiracy” out to get the couple.”

The Times also describes Hillary Clinton's response to Gennifer Flower's accusations of a 12-year affair: “Back on a plane that night, Mrs. Clinton told Ms. [Gail] Sheehy that if she were to question Ms. Flowers in front of a jury, “I would crucify her.”

And why shouldn't she? How many believe a woman should have empathy and compassion for a woman having an affair with her husband? No doubt, her husband should get his comeuppance, the direct force of his wife's anger--but who thinks a woman cheating with her husband is entitled to a kum-by-yah moment? Fury is the typical response! The other woman knows she's wrong, knows she is a willing participant by choice in enabling the husband to violate his vows!

The only people who don't get the outrage women have toward the other woman are those who are carrying water for Trump. The thrice (three times!) married Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani (his wife kicked him out of Gracie mansion!), each who were serial cheaters--as is Trump!--each who showed no shame or contrition (which Bill has done).

Trump's infidelities made headlines and were well known. He did not manage the lurid details with empathy. But he again turns his faults into finger pointing. He blames others of his sins and crimes (another area of his special knowledge).

Former House Speaker Gingrich took divorce papers to his wife's hospital bed! He's Trump's campaign surrogate for family values, morality and misogynist body shaming! But view his own record: Giuliani called a press conference to announce his divorce filing from his wife of 16 years--not telling her before the cameras rolled, so the announcement came as a complete ambush--he humiliated her further by asserting in public his "turning" to his paramour for support as he embarrassed his young children.

The three men (Trump, Gingrich, Guiliani) have been married nine times! Lutheran, Catholic, they don't seemed to have learned a basic lesson about women: a woman scorned does not have to make nice--none of their ex-wives did; few women do, and it should not be expected of Hillary!

Their attacks and logic are continued misogyny at its worst!

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