On his way to deliver a U.S. Naval Academy commencement address, Trump left the question of his cancelled summit with North Korea hanging (“We’ll see what happens, it could even be the 12th”) and was asked for his thoughts on Harvey Weinstein’s arrest. Oh boy!
The president made a somewhat surprising statement when he said he isn’t familiar with the latest charges against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein was charged with rape and sex abuse Friday morning, and television networks all over the country showed his surrender. Allegations against Weinstein have fueled the #MeToo movement for months.
“I don’t know anything about it,” Mr. Trump said, adding later, pressed by another reporter, “I’m not familiar with the case, but it’s really too bad.”
It’s really... too... bad?
One of the many interesting things about Trump is how he uses phrases that denote a familiarity with PR maneuvering, but then almost always follows it up with the thing he really wants to say—which in this case seems to be, judging by his past behavior and statements, that men should get to rape people without consequences. There are a lot of things that Donald Trump is not familiar with—I would go so far as to say he is probably unfamiliar with most things, and familiar with maybe only three or four at any given moment—but the explosive downfall of a Democratic donor is, ahem, not one of them.