The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., has become notorious for his enjoyment of sharing truly appalling memes on social media in defense of his father’s latest controversy, and his response to the disturbing sexual assault allegations against President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was no different.
On Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford came forward and revealed herself to be the woman behind the accusations, telling the Washington Post in graphic detail about how Kavanaugh and his friend locked her in a room at a high school party and attempted to rape her.
In response, Trump Jr. took to Instagram and mocked her accusations with the following image:
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It is true that Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) did have the letter for months and kept it from the nation and from her fellow Senators for some inexplicable and infuriating reason, only revealing it when the Intercept independently reported on its existence. Her irresponsible and enabling silence adds credibility to the bad faith accusations that the allegations are concocted for political purposes.
But that doesn’t make up for the fact that Donald Trump Jr.’s disparaging social media post makes it clear that, like his father, he is animated by virulent misogyny and is willing to overlook or excuse any heinous act on behalf of a conservative agenda he didn’t even believe in three years ago.
The millions upon millions of sexual assault victims (statistics show one in three women will experience sexual violence at some point in their lives) in the United States are already facing an uphill battle in their struggle for justice, with many forced to simply bear their pain in silence, knowing that coming forward is likely to unleash a torrent of slut-shaming abuse and victim-blaming.
Don Jr.’s casual dismissal of serious accusations of traumatizing behavior is a perfect example of why it’s so difficult for women to come forward — and yet another glimpse into the casual cruelty that runs deep in the veins of the Trump family.