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The #MeToo movement won’t sink Trump.

Kirsten Gillibrand, dubbed the #MeToo senator by “60 Minutes,” wants President Trump’s scalp. “I think he should resign,” she told the TV program, “and if he’s unwilling to do that, which is what I assume, then Congress should hold him accountable. We’re obligated to have hearings.” Gillibrand has been clearing the decks for this moment...
Time: 21:49     Date: 12.02.2018
Last US News - Opinion: The #MeToo movement won’t sink Trump. NY Post 24 - US News

“I think he should resign,” she told the TV program, “and if he’s unwilling to do that, which is what I assume, then Congress should hold him accountable. We’re obligated to have hearings.”

Gillibrand has been clearing the decks for this moment over the last year. First, she dumped her patrons the Clintons and said, 20 years too late, that Bill should’ve left office during the Lewinsky scandal. Then, she contributed to the defenestration of Al Franken by calling for his resignation after multiple allegations of groping.

The Franken resignation usefully established a standard that could be readily turned against Trump. Franken quit despite being duly elected, despite almost all his alleged offenses taking place before his time in office and despite being accused of nothing nearly as monstrous as Harvey Weinstein or the other most notorious abusers.

Trump isn’t going anywhere. Unlike Franken, he has the support of his own party. And there isn’t a production company that can dump him, or a corporate board that can pressure him to leave.

Al Franken could slip away into political obscurity while a new cookie-cutter progressive was appointed in his place as Minnesota senator without most of the country noticing. If a president of the United States resigns — it’s happened once in our history — it’s a major trauma to our political order.

The accusations against Trump were spectacularly aired prior to the election. They got extensive press coverage. They were a topic in the debates. Paired with the Access Hollywood tape, they were thought certain to doom his campaign. No one could claim to be unaware of them prior to November 2016.

None of the allegations were of particularly recent vintage. Most date back 10 years or more, and some all the way to the 1990s.

They involve three kinds of behavior: aggressive advances and inappropriate kisses; groping; and ogling beauty-pageant contestants and walking into their dressing rooms. Since Trump has talked himself of doing exactly these kind of things, either in the “Access Hollywood” tape or on the “Howard Stern Show,” it’s impossible to credit his categorical denials.

Trump is almost certainly operating on a version of the same implicit bargain from voters as Bill Clinton got in 1992: We know what kind of guy you are, but we’re electing you anyway, assuming you won’t be stupid enough to continue to behave this way in the White House. Clinton exploded this arrangement by having a dalliance with Monica Lewinsky and lying about it under oath.

Absent a similar scandal, Trump’s conduct with women won’t truly become a live issue again. Although he clearly knows his own vulnerabilities, which is why he is so vested in the denials of other men accused of misconduct.

Last week, White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned amid allegations he’d abused his two ex-wives. The Web site Axios reports that Trump privately believed the allegations against Porter (which are highly credible — one ex-wife would’ve had to lie to the police in real time and both would’ve had to lie to the FBI). But Trump couldn’t bring himself to credit the accusers publicly, even though this would’ve served his own political interest.

The firestorm over Porter quickly became a firestorm over Trump’s remarks, which represents the real threat to the president. His toxic image among women could contribute to a GOP mid-term drubbing, in which case congressional hearings for his accusers might be the least of it. Twitter: @RichLowry

Opinion

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Why should hitting a cop be a federal crime?.
Last week, the House of Representatives — by a margin of more than 10 to 1 — approved a completely gratuitous, blatantly...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: How Andrew Cuomo gave cop-killer Herman Bell a vote. NY Post 24 - US News
How Andrew Cuomo gave cop-killer Herman Bell a vote.
First, Gov. Cuomo’s Parole Board sprang three-time cop-killer and formerly unapologetic black revolutionary Herman Bell...
Last US News - Opinion: New York legislators make history by doing the right thing. NY Post 24 - US News
New York legislators make history by doing the right thing.
Kudos to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and the rest of the Legislature for doing...
Last US News - Opinion: Why New York schools spend so much for such mediocre results. NY Post 24 - US News
Why New York schools spend so much for such mediocre results.
New York continues to spend more on schoolkids than any other state, new Census data show, and not because kids here get...
Last US News - Opinion: Why should hitting a cop be a federal crime?. NY Post 24 - US News
Why should hitting a cop be a federal crime?.
Last week, the House of Representatives — by a margin of more than 10 to 1 — approved a completely gratuitous, blatantly...
Last US News - Opinion: The hypocrisy of American election investigations into Israel. NY Post 24 - US News
The hypocrisy of American election investigations into Israel.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has sent his gumshoes to Israel. They’re reportedly looking into an Israeli firm that may...

Living

US Living News: How to kick your deadbeat kid out of the house. NY Post 24 - US News
How to kick your deadbeat kid out of the house.
They say you can never go home again. Slacker son Michael Rotondo learned this the hard way, when the 30-year-old Camillus,...
US Living News: ACT policy change will crack down on test system abuse. NY Post 24 - US News
ACT policy change will crack down on test system abuse.
On Monday, the ACT announced changes to its testing accommodations policy. Students who receive accommodations for “diagnosed...
US Living News: Eating ‘like a French girl’ might not be the best idea. NY Post 24 - US News
Eating ‘like a French girl’ might not be the best idea.
A friend of mine once sent a photo to our group chat that showed the astonishing “mucus poo” she expelled after...
US Living News: Social media is linked to teen drinking problems: study. NY Post 24 - US News
Social media is linked to teen drinking problems: study.
Alcohol appears to be one of social media’s most popular influencers of all. A new study finds that teens who “like”...
US Living News: Time-lapse camera captures glow from Kilauea volcano. NY Post 24 - US News
Time-lapse camera captures glow from Kilauea volcano.
As lava continues to spew from Kilauea in Hawaii, the glow of the volcano over the course of a night was caught in a time-lapse...
US Living News: Inside the dark underworld of the naked cleaning industry. NY Post 24 - US News
Inside the dark underworld of the naked cleaning industry.
The seedy underbelly of London’s “naked cleaning” industry has been exposed with employees revealing they...
US Living News: How to figure out if hackers leaked your password. NY Post 24 - US News
How to figure out if hackers leaked your password.
Passwords are regularly leaked onto the dark web, putting your online accounts at risk. But there are several tools that...
US Living News: Eat more seafood if you want to have more sex, study says. NY Post 24 - US News
Eat more seafood if you want to have more sex, study says.
Couples who eat at least two portions of seafood a week have more sex and fall pregnant faster, a study found. Researchers...

Business

Last US Business News: Self-driving Uber saw Arizona pedestrian 6 seconds before hitting her: feds. NY Post 24 - US News
Self-driving Uber saw Arizona pedestrian 6 seconds before hitting her: feds.
The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before...
Last US Business News: Fanduel to merge with Ireland-based Paddy Power Betfair. NY Post 24 - US News
Fanduel to merge with Ireland-based Paddy Power Betfair.
Online sports gambling just scored its first mega-deal in the US. New York-based daily fantasy sports sites Fanduel announced...
Last US Business News: KKR in talks to buy BMC Software for $10B. NY Post 24 - US News
KKR in talks to buy BMC Software for $10B.
KKR is in exclusive talks to buy BMC Software in a deal that marks its return to mega-buyouts, a source close to the situation...
Last US Business News: Why gas prices are so high — and what Americans may have to risk to make them lower. NY Post 24 - US News
Why gas prices are so high — and what Americans may have to risk to make them lower.
Five-buck-a-gallon gasoline in the city — and $3 gas in the burbs. And going higher. That’s the news motorists are facing...
Last US Business News: Fed prepared for temporary inflation jump over gas prices. NY Post 24 - US News
Fed prepared for temporary inflation jump over gas prices.
The rising price of energy is giving the Federal Reserve gas pains. The minutes of the Fed’s May policy meeting were released...
Last US Business News: Chipotle is breaking up with its Denver headquarters. NY Post 24 - US News
Chipotle is breaking up with its Denver headquarters.
Chipotle is ditching its Denver headquarters to attract new employees. The burrito chain’s turnaround plan includes hiring...
Last US Business News: Icahn ramps up efforts to stop AmTrust vote to go private. NY Post 24 - US News
Icahn ramps up efforts to stop AmTrust vote to go private.
Queens native billionaire Carl Icahn and the Brooklyn billionaire Karfunkel family had a meeting across the river to hash...
Last US Business News: Deutsche Bank reportedly set to lay off 10,000 workers. NY Post 24 - US News
Deutsche Bank reportedly set to lay off 10,000 workers.
Heads are rolling at Deutsche Bank again. The beleaguered German bank is reportedly planning to lay off as many as 10,000...

Metro

Metro News: This is de Blasio’s bizarre code word for public policy failures. NY Post 24 - US News
This is de Blasio’s bizarre code word for public policy failures.
Mayor Bill de Blasio used the word “Uber” as code for public policy failure in an email strategizing how to handle City...
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Emails reveal de Blasio is clueless about how to handle a crisis.
When crisis hits, Mayor Bill de Blasio needs someone to hold his hand. Apparently unable to determine when a crisis requires...
Metro News: Ex-NYPD chief dies from 9/11-related leukemia. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-NYPD chief dies from 9/11-related leukemia.
A former top NYPD official died of a 9/11-related illness on Thursday morning, police said. William Allee, who served as...
Metro News: Former town official found not guilty in Mangano corruption trial. NY Post 24 - US News
Former town official found not guilty in Mangano corruption trial.
Jurors ​on Long Island found former Oyster Bay town supervisor John Venditto ​not guilty ​of corruption charges Thursday...
Metro News: Cop was driving car that crashed and killed him on wedding day. NY Post 24 - US News
Cop was driving car that crashed and killed him on wedding day.
It was the groom who was driving the rented Maserati that crashed on his wedding day, killing himself and a fellow NYPD officer...
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Inside de Blasio’s obsession with his media image.
City Hall on Thursday released more than 4,000 pages of emails that Mayor Bill de Blasio tried in vain to keep secret —...
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De Blasio: No doubt Nixon could beat Cuomo.
Mayor de Blasio said Thursday that lefty insurgent Cynthia Nixon could “unquestionably” topple two-term incumbent Andrew...
Metro News: Dockless bikes are coming to fill Citi Bike voids. NY Post 24 - US News
Dockless bikes are coming to fill Citi Bike voids.
A dockless bike-share program is rolling out in parts of four boroughs this summer, covering areas not served by Citi Bike,...

Sport

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Britt McHenry blasts Chris Long over Eagles salary donation.
Not everyone is a fan of Chris Long’s charitable endeavors. After the Eagles defensive end penned a lengthy statement...
Last US Sport News: Playoff races have somehow survived MLB’s worst fear. NY Post 24 - US News
Playoff races have somehow survived MLB’s worst fear.
The worst fears for this major league season are being met. Extremes are in. Memorial Day is often the first assessment point...
Last US Sport News: Why Mets and Indians could be ideal trade match. NY Post 24 - US News
Why Mets and Indians could be ideal trade match.
One connection to monitor is between the Mets and the Indians. The front offices have long had a good relationship – they...
Last US Sport News: David Quinn explains how stars aligned in Rangers introduction. NY Post 24 - US News
David Quinn explains how stars aligned in Rangers introduction.
The message was clear that the Rangers believe they have found their man, and David Quinn feels he is taking a once-in-a-lifetime...
Last US Sport News: Jim Leyritz berates Yankees execs over Old Timer’s snub. NY Post 24 - US News
Jim Leyritz berates Yankees execs over Old Timer’s snub.
Jim Leyritz wasn’t invited to Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Day and judging by his reaction, he likely won’t be welcome in...