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Trump gets into the gutter with Gillibrand tweet

In one of his early morning tweets Tuesday, the President of the United States lashed out at a sitting US senator, ap...

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 3:25 AM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 3:25 AM

In one of his early morning tweets Tuesday, the President of the United States lashed out at a sitting US senator, appeared to imply that she offered to trade sexual favors for campaign donations, and then called her "used."

"Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office "begging" for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!" Trump tweeted.

And yes, of course, there's some plausible deniability there. Maybe "begging" is in quotes because the President just puts quotes around random words. Maybe when he said she "would do anything for them," he didn't mean the word "anything" literally. Maybe his all-caps "USED!" meant she used the Clintons. The President is not actually renowned for his use of words (the "best words" they are not), so there's some room for him to wiggle here.

But we all know what he meant, including Gillibrand herself, who said, "It was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice."

We know because he has shown time and again that this is what Trump does when he feels threatened by a woman: He lashes out and demeans her, often with a sexual overtone. His ire came down on Gillibrand because she said he should resign, given that more than a dozen women have accused him of sexual harassment and assault, which he denies. How telling that his response is to sexually harass and attack her.

That is, by the way, what this is. Gillibrand's workplace is the Senate; Trump isn't her boss, but he works in a parallel institution in the federal government. And he just created an awfully hostile work environment for one of his colleagues by more or less appearing to call her a whore on Twitter. In any functional workplace, that would be a firing offense.

Instead, in Trump's twisted mind, this is him defending himself -- he didn't sexually harass those women, he says ... as he attacks a different woman in sexualized and misogynist terms.

The President is beyond shame. But, apparently, members of his administration have learned this drill, too. They are aiding and abetting this behavior, justifying it and covering for it.

His press secretary, Sarah Sanders, had the nerve to tell reporters last week that the 2016 election results were the answer to the allegations against Trump -- as if a question of fact ("Did Trump sexually harass women?) could be answered with the results of a popularity contest. In this case, that contest was decided with an electoral college victory, and not the popular vote, which Trump lost -- so by Sanders' logic does that mean the allegations against Trump are decisively true?

Sanders also said she had multiple eyewitness accounts refuting the claims of the Trump accusers, and then failed to produce them.

She should be ashamed: she's covering for a man who harasses women who challenge him by attempting to publicly humiliate them with sexualized and sexist slights. ("Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?," he remarked to an interviewer about Carly Fiorina his opponent in the primaries; "Fox viewers give low marks to bimbo @MegynKelly," he tweeted after one of the presidential debates.)

It is not just Sanders covering for Trump. The rest of his administration is implicated. So is the GOP as a whole -- after all, today Alabama is deciding who will win a US Senate seat, a choice between a Democrat and a man accused of preying on and molesting teenage girls (which he denies). The Republican Party threw its support behind the accused child predator (who also trails a long history of racism, homophobia and zero respect for the separation of church and state).

As we all shake our heads in clucking disapproval at the well-oiled Hollywood machine that protected and enabled people like Harvey Weinstein, we should also be looking with urgency to the White House and Congress, and the Republican Party currently dominating both.

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Tonight: Today was our first dry day in a while, although we can't rule out a stray shower or thunderstorm popping up in extreme northern portions of Lake or Klamath counties. Models are hinting that most of this should stay to our north, towards the Bend area. Any lingering clouds today will quickly dissipate by the evening. However, it could prove to be a breezy night in portions of Siskiyou County. Low temperatures will drop down to the upper 30s to low 40s in Northern California, the Klamath Basin, and in the Cascades. Along the coast and in the Rogue Valley, lows will be in the upper 40s to low 50s.

Tomorrow: Our Wednesday will be substantially warmer compared to our Tuesday. Relief from the heat in the form of cloud cover will be absent. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s to low 90s in the Rogue Valley and in Northern California. Highs will be in the mid 80s in the Klamath Basin, mid 70s in the Cascades, and in the upper 60s to low 70s along the coast. The breezy conditions in Siskiyou County from tonight will carry over into Wednesday, and gusts could reach 25 mph in some coastal communities as well. 

Extended: Thursday will be even hotter than Wednesday, and it'll just be a continuation of the stale weather pattern we're about to be in. Skies should remain clear for the forseeable future, and blistering heat looks to be in store for the weekend. We could be talking about high temperature in the upper 90s to triple digits in the Rogue Valley and Siskiyou County. Highs could be in the 90s in the Klamath Basin, in the 80s in the Cascades, and in the 70s along the coast.

Most of the beneficial rain that fell over the weekend was concentrated over the coast, meaning that drought conditions probably didn't improve much in the Rogue Valley and points eastward. As we stay dry and hot throughout the rest of the week, we'll be watching for the return of favorable fire conditions, especially in Lake County. The good news is that winds appear to be light towards the end of the week, which should limit the wildfire threat to some degree.

A FREEZE WARNING has been issued for our westside valleys in Jackson, Josephine and Curry Counties until 8 AM Wednesday. Low temperatures in these areas will fall down to near and even below freezing overnight. The coldest temperatures will be in the Applegate and Illinois Valley where temperatures could dip into the upper 20s. With widespread frost and possible freezing temperatures, be sure to protect and cover any sensitive plants.
Tonight: The clear and warm day will give way to a clear and mild evening. Temperatures for inland areas this evening will stay solidly in the 50s and 60s through the 8 P.M. hour, meaning this will be a near picture perfect evening for a barbecue or Wednesday evening walk. Overnight low temperatures will also stay more mild than recently, falling into the mid to upper 30s in our westside valleys with mid to upper 20s east of the Cascades. The coast will see temperatures staying in the 40s through the overnight hours. 
Extended: Beyond Wednesday, we'll see a very gradual and slow cooling trend through the rest of the workweek, but temperatures will remain above average. Easter Weekend will start off dry, but clouds will increase and by Easter Sunday, we could be looking at some chances for rain for at least parts of our region. We'll be keeping a close eye on this system and your holiday weekend forecast. It's possible wet weather could continue into next week with cooler temperatures.

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