During a campaign stop in Montana on Thursday night, President Donald Trump trotted out some of his greatest hits in front of a capacity crowd, and threw in a few new cuts targeting victims of sexual assault.
During a riff on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), whom he has repeatedly referred to as “Pocahontas” for years, Trump mocked the “Me Too generation” when he suggested that, should Warren win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and be on stage with Trump during a debate, he would throw a genetic testing kit at her as a way to challenge her past claim of Native American heritage.
“We’ll take that little kit and say, we have to do it gently because we are in the Me Too generation, and we will very gently take that kit, slowly toss it,” he said, to an audibly and understandably confused crowd.
Trump’s remark came hours after he defended Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who finds himself in the middle of his own sexual abuse scandal. The former Ohio State University assistant wrestling coach has been accused by four athletes of failing to stop years of sexual abuse by a medical trainer. Jordan has denied any wrongdoing, but a growing number of athletes allege he knew what was happening and did nothing.
“I don’t believe them at all,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday, referring to Jordan’s accusers. “I believe him. Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington.”
Jordan has been one of Trump’s most loyal defenders in Congress, and was thought to be a candidate for a leadership position in the Republican caucus upon Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement early next year.
“I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. He’s an outstanding man,” Trump added.
Both his attack on the #MeToo movement and his blind defense of an accused enabler of sexual abuse are consistent with Trump’s misogynistic tendencies. He himself has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, has openly bragged about committing acts of sexual assault, often remarks about his physical attraction to his own daughters, and routinely attacks women based on their looks.