Women once again got more votes than Trump.
Time magazine named the “silence breakers” of the #MeToo movement their 2017 “Person of the Year,” but they didn’t forget about President Donald Trump, citing his treatment of women as a key driver of the movement.
The cover features actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu, Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual, and a woman whose face is not shown.
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017
Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said the move was meant to honor the courage of “hundreds of others, and of many men as well, [who] have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s.”
Trump had claimed that he turned down the Time “Man (Person) of the Year” because he did not want to agree to an interview, a claim that literally no one believed.
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
The magazine says he wasn’t, and he didn’t. But they didn’t forget about him, naming him runner-up and name-dropping him in the cover story repeatedly, citing his treatment of women.
Time points to Trump as a key driver of the #MeToo movement, specifically citing his “Access Hollywood” tape in which he brags about grabbing unconsenting women “by the p*ssy.”
Discussions of sexual harassment in polite company tend to rely on euphemisms: harassment becomes “inappropriate behavior,” assault becomes “misconduct,” rape becomes “abuse.” We’re accustomed to hearing those softened words, which downplay the pain of the experience. That’s one of the reasons why the Access Hollywood tape that surfaced in October 2016 was such a jolt. The language used by the man who would become America’s 45th President, captured on a 2005 recording, was, by any standard, vulgar. He didn’t just say that he’d made a pass; he “moved on her like a bitch.” He didn’t just talk about fondling women; he bragged that he could “grab ’em by the pussy.”
The magazine notes that Trump’s win despite the tape scandal “is part of what stoked the rage that fueled the Women’s March.”
The magazine also points to his treatment of former Fox News host Megyn Kelly and Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.
Megyn Kelly, the NBC anchor who revealed in October that she had complained to Fox News executives about Bill O’Reilly’s treatment of women, and who was a target of Trump’s ire during the campaign, says the tape as well as the tenor of the election turned the political into the personal. “I have real doubts about whether we’d be going through this if Hillary Clinton had won, because I think that President Trump’s election in many ways was a setback for women,” says Kelly, who noted that not all women at the march were Clinton supporters. “But the overall message to us was that we don’t really matter.”
So it was not entirely surprising that 2017 began with women donning “pussy hats” and marching on the nation’s capital in a show of unity and fury. What was startling was the size of the protest. It was one of the largest in U.S. history and spawned satellite marches in all 50 states and more than 50 other countries.
The article goes on to name former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, one of more than a dozen women to accuse Trump of sexual assault or harassment.
It later cites how the left and right have grappled and continue to handle sexual assault allegations, including those against Trump and disgraced Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“In the 1990s, feminists stood up for accused abuser Bill Clinton instead of his accusers—a move many are belatedly regretting as the national conversation prompts a re-evaluation of the claims against the former President,” Time wrote. “And despite the allegations against Moore, both President Trump and the Republican National Committee support him.”