There are many things that I don’t pretend to understand about the media narrative. But one of the things that will always confuse me is why those who script it are so unwilling to apply even the thinnest layer of plot consistency. The examples are endless, but I’ll give one that has become painfully clear in recent days.
Donald Trump’s personal record for the treatment of women is something that is well documented. It isn’t impressive. Every “pro-family” advocate and activist who so easily cast aside their hand-wringing over Bill Clinton’s sexual immorality to stiff arm all legitimate criticisms of Donald Trump’s sexual immorality should ask themselves why. Did character never matter, or for political expediency are we just pretending that it doesn’t now?
That issue has left a nasty, lasting residue in my mouth about so many conservative “leaders” that I once held in high regard. Voting for Trump is one thing; refusal to hold him accountable for sinful treatment of women is another.
So needless to say, I completely understand the media narrative of Trump as unrespecting of women. Even when it isn’t fair, it’s a skepticism that Trump has brought on himself.
But if we’re going to say that mistreating women is bad, then it’s bad when anyone does it – whether they love Trump or hate him. It’s the act that is wrong, regardless of politics. If we’re going to criticize Trump for the way he has acted, then we must criticize others for the way they are acting.
I’m talking about founder of the so-called “Lincoln Project” and husband of chief Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. The man whose personal ambition has made a public spectacle of his own collapsing home (in case you’ve missed it, I’m referencing this).
I mention her name and not his initially because without her, his name would not be known. Kellyanne is not a Hillary Clinton who rode the coattails of her husband into the limelight. George is Hillary Clinton. It was her brilliant piloting of the SS Trump during the 2016 campaign that introduced the family to prominence.
Kellyanne actually pointed this truth out in an interview with the Washington Examiner a year ago, “He gets his power through me if you haven’t noticed. Not the other way around.”
That’s a power-line that any feminist should eat up. In fact, the relationship between George and Kellyanne should be a feminist’s paradise. He would hold no power or influence if it weren’t for her. She has made him, and he apparently can’t stand it.
I’m concluding that based on his inexplicable and uber-despicable habit of humiliating his wife publicly for giggles and attention. For instance:
This is gross. This isn’t just failing to honor your wife, it’s publicly dishonoring her. And yet the same people who are eating it up, retweeting it, laughing at it, celebrating it, and making political hay out of it – in other words the same people who are allowing George Conway to abuse his wife for fame – are the ones who criticize Trump for his demeaning attitude towards women?
They’re the same ones who otherwise fairly question how Ted Cruz can ever endorse or support a man who attacked his wife during the campaign?
If supporting a man who trashed your wife for the sake of politics is pathetic, so is giving attention to a man who trashes his own wife for the sake of politics, right?
From my seat, the media needs to make up its mind. If it’s wrong to mistreat women (it is), and more specifically, if it’s wrong to mistreat your wife (it is), then by all means, hold Trump’s feet to the fire on the issue. And at the same time, quit giving the emotionally abusive George Conway the attention he so cravenly desires but lacks the competence to earn on his own.