Late last night, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned in the wake of stunning allegations of physical and sexual abuse. Schneiderman, an outspoken liberal Democrat, had been making a name for himself as a crusading champion of the “Me Too” movement, posturing as a defender of women with his public criticism and legal targeting of President Trump and his move to press charges against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
But four women who’d had past relationships with him got fed up with seeing him be praised as a feminist hero and take bows for fighting violence against women, and they came forward with some truly disturbing allegations against him. As one of the women put it, “His hypocrisy is epic. He’s fooled so many people.” Two of the women went on the record; the others were afraid to give their names for fear of reprisals, but they told similar stories.
The link below is to a detailed report by the New Yorker, which investigated their stories and found that numerous acquaintances corroborated that the women had talked about their abuse at the time, and one doctor confirmed a serious injury that could be explained by the sudden, hard slap to the ear that she claimed Schneiderman inflicted on her.
I warn you before clicking to the link: this story contains rough language and shocking details. The women make it clear, this was not sexual role-playing: it was sudden, uninvited, unexpected physical assault and extreme bullying and emotional abuse. They claim Schneiderman was especially dangerous when drinking, which he did a lot; and that he abused his official powers to threaten them with death or arrest if they dared leave him or tell anyone about his private behavior. One of the women recalled an alleged incident that she said perfectly summed him up: he once yanked her across the street, and when she protested that jaywalking was against the law, he snapped, “I AM the law!” Why is that such a common failing of politicians? Maybe the belief that government should be all-powerful makes them believe that running something all-powerful makes them gods. And yet so many of them now seem to think that people who know the true all-powerful God should be banned from public service because "those people" have the wrong attitude.
I don’t want to be accused of being a hypocrite, so I will accord Schneiderman the same caveat that I would anyone else: he has a due process right to the assumption of innocence until proven guilty. But these charges are so horrifying, so detailed, so consistent from accuser to accuser, and stand as such a staggering betrayal of both public trust and basic human decency that I hope and pray that he will very soon have the opportunity to exercise those due process rights in court. It sounds as if he’s the latest in a long line of public virtue-signalers, from Bill Cosby to Harvey Weinstein, who liked to point one finger at others while ignoring the three pointing back at them.
For all of Schneiderman’s pious anti-Trump moralizing, it’s worth noting that way back on September 11, 2013, after New York Democratic politicians Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer were both brought down by sex scandals, Trump tweeted, “Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone – next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner.” I wonder what Trump had heard even back then but couldn’t publicly reveal or verify? But I no longer wonder why powerful Democrats hate Trump’s Twitter feed so much.
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