US ambassador to the UN says women accusers should be heard

Nikki Haley has said that women who have accused President Trump and others of sexual misconduct “should be heard”.

This is surprising. She is a Trump administration spokesperson as the US ambassador to the United Nations, but domestic accusations of sexual misconduct are outside her responsibilities.

NY Times: Nikki Haley Says Women Who Accuse Trump of Misconduct ‘Should Be Heard’

Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday that women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard,” a surprising break from the administration’s longstanding assertion that the allegations are false and that voters rightly dismissed them when they elected Mr. Trump.

Ms. Haley, a former governor and one of the highest-ranking women in Mr. Trump’s administration, refocused attention on the allegations against the president by insisting that his accusers should be treated no differently than the scores of women who have come forward in recent weeks with stories of sexual harassment and misconduct against other men.

“They should be heard, and they should be dealt with,” Ms. Haley said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”

Her remarks are the latest indication that the president’s behavior toward women — more than a dozen have accused him of unwanted touching, forcible kissing or groping — may not escape renewed scrutiny.

Democrats have appeared determined to grab the moral and political high ground, largely forcing their accused party members to resign.

Republicans have been more divided: Even as some accused members have stepped down, the party has largely stood by Mr. Trump. And it remains bitterly split over how to respond to the case of Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been accused of molesting an underage girl and attempting to date other teenagers when he was in his 30s.

Some of the women who first accused Mr. Trump during the campaign last year have expressed a renewed desire to press their case. Three of them will be interviewed by Megyn Kelly on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday.

So far, though, the upheaval in societal norms about sexual conduct in the workplace has swirled around the president but left him largely unscathed.

Undaunted, the president has used Twitter to mock other men who have been accused, including Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, who announced his plans to resign after several harassment allegations. Mr. Trump has defended and endorsed Mr. Moore, calling the claims against him “troubling” but insisting that he is needed in the Senate to advance the Republican agenda.

Through it all, the White House has repeatedly sought to deflect and discredit any attempt to revisit the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Mr. Trump crudely bragged about kissing women and grabbing their private parts, or to examine again the allegations from the women who came forward weeks before the 2016 election to accuse Mr. Trump of crude sexual behavior.

In recent months, Mr. Trump has privately been casting doubt that the “Access Hollywood” tape is authentic, despite publicly acknowledging shortly after its release in October 2016 that “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”

Trump’s past and his hypocrisy and his may yet prove to be too big to sweep under the White House carpet.

The tape suggests Trump crudely accosted women, and a number of women have accused him of unwelcome advances and actions. Actual criminal behaviour is not proven at this stage.

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  1. Gezza

     /  12th December 2017

    Have Ivanka or MrsTrump been approached for comment?

  2. David

     /  12th December 2017

    God those Democrats are dumb, clearly they forced Franken/Conyers to resign so they can somehow claim the moral high ground, the strategy started with throwing Bill under the boss and when Judge Moore is elected expect them to go all out on the Republicans. If they think they are going to win votes off Trump by shaming him over past behaviour and not by actually coming up with policy and being constructive he will win another term. Every single American knows exactly what they were getting with Trump, new all about past events and still elected him.
    Its much like Labour spending 8 years going after Key personally, pointless.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  12th December 2017

      Wss Hillary the boss?

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  12th December 2017

      Pure BS David. If you think the key consideration about a man accused of sexual assault by 19 different women is “the voters knew what they were getting” then you’re telling us everything we need to know about your character.

      A strange principle is emerging. If you admit misconduct, you resign. But if you deny it, however compelling the testimony against you, you continue in office — or go on to office — with impunity.

    • Gezza

       /  12th December 2017

      Every single American knows exactly what they were getting with Trump, new all about past events and still elected him.

      A couple of points:
      1. Didn’t several million more Americans vote for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump?
      2. If you mean every American who is single voted for Donald Trump I bet that’s incorrect too.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  12th December 2017

      there’s a few more loose threads in your post David, like your conspiracy theory about the Dems taking the moral high ground….

      Think about it. The Dems have the most to lose over sexual misconduct.

      Conyers might not be replaced by a Republican in Michigan’s 13th district, because it’s a heavily Dem district. But Franken’s seat could easily swing to a Republican. And Ruben Kihuen represents Nevada’s 4th district, which Clinton won last year by less than 50%

      Any more revelations about Dems in the harassment scandal will make it even harder for them to retake the House in 2018. That’s why your claim is a bullshit conspiracy theory that doesn’t stand up to a simple sniff test.

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  12th December 2017

    This is surprising. She is a Trump administration spokesperson as the US ambassador to the United Nations, but domestic accusations of sexual misconduct are outside her responsibilities.

    Why the surprise, PG? This shouldn’t be a partisan issue – it’s how women are treated by powerful men every day.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  12th December 2017

      What a generalisation. Most men are not predators and most women are not victims. Does this way of acting apply to powerful women who work with men, or are women not sexual beings ?

      Anyone who is accused of anything should have the right of reply, or it will be accepted that being accused means guilt. This is becoming a witch hunt, and will harm women as much as men.

      A friend in Canada went to prison although the charges against him were absurd-he supposedly always walked naked around the clergy house, which was also the church office and had people coming and going all the time, yet nobody noticed this except the two victims. The offences took place when he was not even in the country, It was a Peter Ellis type of case, and the judge was openly biassed and anticlerical and said so.To be accused does not mean that the person is guilty.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  12th December 2017

    Stop twisting my words, kitty. Like I said this isn’t a partisan issue, it’s an issue of mistreatment of women and gender inequality sits right at the heart.

    Family violence, domestic harm, and rape culture are only possible because women are in less powerful positions that create a climate where men are able to misuse their power.

    But don’t take my word. Talk with Ang Jury from Women’s Refuge and find out for yourself
    (04 802 5078)

    Better still, give them a donation so that they can continue to support women less privileged than yourself.


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