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Opinion Trump's attack on Lisa Page reveals his misogyny (Opinion)

18:25  03 december  2019
18:25  03 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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In the grand scheme of Trump wrongdoing, his attacks on Page are relatively small -- and that in itself is a disturbing tell. His misogyny may not top the list -- breaking the law and compromising American national security takes that vaunted spot -- but never again can a man this sneering and sexist occupy

FBI lawyer Lisa Page cast herself as the victim of the bullying president in her first-ever media interview. Among the texts were messages scornful of both Trump and his voters, references to the What really hurts are Trump ’ s attacks on the FBI and the “noble Justice Department,” she also

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a woman looking at the camera: WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 13:  Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page walks to a House Judiciary Committee closed door meeting in the Rayburn House Office Building, on July 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Page, who worked on the special counsel's Russia investigation, is under scrutiny by House Republicans for text messages exchanged with Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)© Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 13: Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page walks to a House Judiciary Committee closed door meeting in the Rayburn House Office Building, on July 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Page, who worked on the special counsel's Russia investigation, is under scrutiny by House Republicans for text messages exchanged with Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Lisa Page has had enough. The President of the United States has spent two years smearing her, turning her into an emblem of the supposed "Deep State" that is out to get him and undermine his presidency.

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Trump mocks Peter Strzok, Lisa Page at Minnesota rally. One of Trump ’ s recent attacks motivated Page to finally speak out, she said. At an October rally in What she was worried about at the time, however, was that an official investigation into her texts would reveal a “deeply personal secret”: her

Lisa Page , the former F.B.I. lawyer who became a frequent target of President Trump after criticizing him in text messages during his candidacy in 2016, ended nearly two years of public silence in an interview with The Daily Beast published on Sunday.

Trump and his band of sycophants, both in elected office and the right-wing media, have painted Page as a homewrecker and a traitor -- the former for her private affair (the GOP critique of this, given the instances of infidelity and scandal in its own ranks, is rich, by the way) and the latter simply because she privately expressed distaste for the President.

These hypocrites have turned a once-anonymous government lawyer into a symbol of everything they hate. The President and his allies ruined her life. She's finally telling her side of the story in an article in the Daily Beast.

Let's be clear: You can believe that Page made poor decisions in her personal life and is wrong in her political opinions and still conclude that the President's behavior is inexcusable harassment, far below the dignity of his office. It is in fact a national disgrace.

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Donald Trump ’ s “demeaning fake orgasm” was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” and made Lisa Page determined to speak out, the former FBI lawyer has said, breaking her silence in a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Beast.

Page blames Trump ' s previous remarks at a October campaign rally aimed at her and Peter Strzok, the ex-FBI head of counterintelligence, for her public return. She says Trump ' s ,'demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back'. She called Trump ' s attacks 'intimidating' and say

Page's name has barely stayed out of the President's mouth since texts sent in 2015 and 2016 between her and colleague Peter Strzok were published in 2017. The affair between the two was not a commendable decision, but hardly one of national interest, especially given the President's own history of extramarital affairs and sexual assault allegations (which he denies) -- and in the course of their text messages, both expressed concern about a potential Trump presidency. The texts also criticized a variety of Democrats, including former Attorney General Eric Holder, Chelsea Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

While partisan political activity is not allowed for FBI employees, holding and privately expressing political opinions certainly is -- anything less would violate the First Amendment. Sending disparaging texts about a political candidate to a lover may suggest a bias that warrants removal from an investigation of the subject of said texts, but it hardly justifies sustained public humiliation from the President of the United States.

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Donald Trump provided a typical example on Tuesday when he used his platform as president to openly Misogynist attacks on the one giving testimony also take on the temporal structure of a typical I was gang raped by my sister’ s boyfriend and his friends at what was supposed to be a party.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page broke her silence with a highly sympathetic profile published late The majority of her previous Daily Beast stories were labeled opinion pieces, with headlines such as Carroll filed a lawsuit against President Trump earlier this month, accusing him of defamation over his

And yet that's what Page has gotten.

Trump has a history here: He is remarkably thin-skinned, going after anyone who critiques him, but women seem to draw a particular brand of ire. They are "nasty," he says over and over. He obsesses over their sexuality, their sexiness (or alleged lack of it) and their sex lives. Trump goes after anyone's perceived weakness, and it's clear that, for women, he believes femaleness itself is a failing.

His supporters are only too happy to follow suit. Just look at the smearing of Page as a "homewrecker." Strzok was party to the affair, too, but where has he been shamed the way Page has?

Recall that Trump himself (and very publicly) cheated on and humiliated his first wife -- the mother of three of his children. Women who have affairs, his supporters suggest, are immoral and untrustworthy. Men who have them, well -- they're just men.

There's a name for this double standard: Misogyny.

It's not news that the President is a sexist. From bragging about grabbing women by the genitals to cobbling together an overwhelmingly male administration, this President has shown time and again that he disdains women personally and professionally. It's so pervasive that it's easy to get used to.

We can't do that. It's shocking and appalling that Trump continues to single out a federal employee for abuse and harassment because she criticized him via text. It should be an absolute scandal that he acts out a mock orgasm between Page and Strzok in front of a cheering, jeering crowd. This behavior on the part of the President is a national humiliation. It should be disqualifying.

In the grand scheme of Trump wrongdoing, his attacks on Page are relatively small -- and that in itself is a disturbing tell. No man should be able to occupy higher office and behave with such rank chauvinism toward women.

There are a million reasons to get Trump out of office in 2020. His misogyny may not top the list -- breaking the law and compromising American national security takes that vaunted spot -- but never again can a man this sneering and sexist occupy the Oval Office.

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