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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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Yet another way Obama’s spies apparently exploited the Trump ‘dossier’.
The much-hyped Obama intelligence report that determined “Vladimir Putin ordered” Hillary Clinton’s campaign e-mails...
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Gun control activists need to learn a little sympathy.
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On guns, focus on what’s practical.
President Trump’s coming off as a bit obsessed with the idea of armed teachers as a key answer to school shootings. He’d...
Last US News - Opinion: ‘Gun Violence Restraining Orders’ are a common-sense gun solution. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Gun Violence Restraining Orders’ are a common-sense gun solution.
The right to “bear arms” is guaranteed in the Constitution as clearly as the freedom of speech. But, as with speech,...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Yet another way Obama’s spies apparently exploited the Trump ‘dossier’. NY Post 24 - US News
Yet another way Obama’s spies apparently exploited the Trump ‘dossier’.
The much-hyped Obama intelligence report that determined “Vladimir Putin ordered” Hillary Clinton’s campaign e-mails...
Last US News - Opinion: Gun control activists need to learn a little sympathy. NY Post 24 - US News
Gun control activists need to learn a little sympathy.
Some facts. There are 126 million households in the United States. In 35 percent of those households — some 44 million...
Last US News - Opinion: On guns, focus on what’s practical. NY Post 24 - US News
On guns, focus on what’s practical.
President Trump’s coming off as a bit obsessed with the idea of armed teachers as a key answer to school shootings. He’d...
Last US News - Opinion: ‘Gun Violence Restraining Orders’ are a common-sense gun solution. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Gun Violence Restraining Orders’ are a common-sense gun solution.
The right to “bear arms” is guaranteed in the Constitution as clearly as the freedom of speech. But, as with speech,...
Last US News - Opinion: Prosecutors had all this, but still didn’t charge de Blasio?. NY Post 24 - US News
Prosecutors had all this, but still didn’t charge de Blasio?.
Let’s see if we get this straight: Ricardo Morales was fired as deputy commissioner of citywide administrative services...

Living

US Living News: Americans are making more money for a depressing reason. NY Post 24 - US News
Americans are making more money for a depressing reason.
Many Americans have gone a long time without getting a raise — even as their cost of living has gone up. That’s left...
US Living News: Lab-grown meat: It’s about to be what’s for dinner. NY Post 24 - US News
Lab-grown meat: It’s about to be what’s for dinner.
Familiar cuts of beef, pork and poultry turned out by San Francisco Bay Area-based Memphis Meats and its handful of competitors...
US Living News: 500K people live in a country that doesn’t exist. NY Post 24 - US News
500K people live in a country that doesn’t exist.
Transnistria is the size of Dallas, Texas. Nestled between Moldova and Ukraine, it has a population of just under 500,000...
US Living News: Alien-like fish can turn its eyes into multicolored flashlights. NY Post 24 - US News
Alien-like fish can turn its eyes into multicolored flashlights.
Life in the deep reaches of the oceans often takes on unusual forms to suit its surroundings. Some species of fish evolve...
US Living News: ‘Superager’ brains could hold the key to staying sharp in old age. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Superager’ brains could hold the key to staying sharp in old age.
WASHINGTON — It’s pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone...
US Living News: Want a promotion? It pays to sit near your boss. NY Post 24 - US News
Want a promotion? It pays to sit near your boss.
Where should you sit in an open-plan office? In recent months, Google has made it clear that artificial intelligence is a...
US Living News: Swarm of 200 earthquakes rocks Yellowstone’s supervolcano. NY Post 24 - US News
Swarm of 200 earthquakes rocks Yellowstone’s supervolcano.
Something is causing the Yellowstone supervolcano to stir in its sleep. A swarm of some 200 earthquakes has been detected...
US Living News: Selfie-obsessed tourists desecrate dead blue whale. NY Post 24 - US News
Selfie-obsessed tourists desecrate dead blue whale.
Authorities were appalled to discover a 66-foot-long, beached blue whale along the coast of Punta Delgada, Chile, desecrated...

Business

Last US Business News: Gun stocks surge as Trump warms to gun control. NY Post 24 - US News
Gun stocks surge as Trump warms to gun control.
Shares of gunmakers American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger rallied on Thursday after President Trump advocated tightening...
Last US Business News: Kylie Jenner sends Snapchat stock falling with a single tweet. NY Post 24 - US News
Kylie Jenner sends Snapchat stock falling with a single tweet.
Oh Snap! Snapchat’s stock took a nosedive Thursday — after Kylie Jenner announced she’d quit the app. The stock...
Last US Business News: Chase says glitch gave customers access to wrong accounts. NY Post 24 - US News
Chase says glitch gave customers access to wrong accounts.
A bizarre glitch in Chase’s website early Thursday gave some of the bank’s customers access to other people’s accounts...
Last US Business News: Warren Buffett’s optimism may get tested this year. NY Post 24 - US News
Warren Buffett’s optimism may get tested this year.
Warren Buffett may use part of his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, due on Saturday, to renew his optimism...
Last US Business News: Twitter cracking down on ‘tweet bots’ allegedly used by Russians. NY Post 24 - US News
Twitter cracking down on ‘tweet bots’ allegedly used by Russians.
Twitter said it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic...
Last US Business News: Ray Dalio sees 70 percent chance of US recession by 2020. NY Post 24 - US News
Ray Dalio sees 70 percent chance of US recession by 2020.
Billionaire investor Ray Dalio, who founded the world’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, thinks there is a relatively...
Last US Business News: Angry Birds maker’s stock plunges more than 40 percent. NY Post 24 - US News
Angry Birds maker’s stock plunges more than 40 percent.
Angry Birds game maker Rovio Entertainment warned on profits on Thursday, wiping more than 40 percent off the Finnish company’s...
Last US Business News: Taco Bell knocks Burger King off fast-food throne. NY Post 24 - US News
Taco Bell knocks Burger King off fast-food throne.
Americans love their Locos Tacos, Nacho Fries and Quesaritos. The popular items on the Taco Bell menu helped the Mexican-style...

Metro

Metro News: Prosecutors rest corruption case against ex-Cuomo aide. NY Post 24 - US News
Prosecutors rest corruption case against ex-Cuomo aide.
Prosecutors rested their corruption case against a former top aide to Gov. Cuomo on Thursday — setting the stage for possible...
Metro News: Dad forced to flip through X-rated pics of daughter at trial. NY Post 24 - US News
Dad forced to flip through X-rated pics of daughter at trial.
This testimony was torture. Father-of-six Francisco Gonzales was forced to look through 60 X-rated photos that a sicko Bronx...
Metro News: Full jury selected for trial of accused ‘killer nanny’. NY Post 24 - US News
Full jury selected for trial of accused ‘killer nanny’.
A full jury has now been selected to sit in on the trial of a Manhattan nanny accused of hacking to death two small children...
Metro News: Mom who won custody case against ex who gave birth may lose kid. NY Post 24 - US News
Mom who won custody case against ex who gave birth may lose kid.
A Manhattan real estate attorney who won a landmark custody case against her ex-partner — defeating her child’s biological...
Metro News: Gun control could play key role in state Senate races. NY Post 24 - US News
Gun control could play key role in state Senate races.
Gun control is becoming a potent issue in the special election for a vacant state Senate seat in Westchester that could determine...
Metro News: Man suing NYPD for false arrest: ‘I wanted to cry’. NY Post 24 - US News
Man suing NYPD for false arrest: ‘I wanted to cry’.
Hector Cordero was an innocent cashier at a Brooklyn bodega — until one day in October 2014, when he was arrested outside...
Metro News: Bratton rips Trump over plan to arm teachers. NY Post 24 - US News
Bratton rips Trump over plan to arm teachers.
Former police commissioner Bill Bratton called President Trump’s proposal to arm teachers “the height of lunacy,” in...
Metro News: Students arrested in high school nude photo scandal. NY Post 24 - US News
Students arrested in high school nude photo scandal.
STONINGTON, Conn. — An investigation into the sharing of sexually explicit images has led police to arrest five high school...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Seton Hall takes two days to defeat Providence. NY Post 24 - US News
Seton Hall takes two days to defeat Providence.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Khadeen Carrington had 25 points and Seton Hall held off Providence College 89-77 on Thursday in a game...
Last US Sport News: New Mets vets see added benefit in playing exhibition games. NY Post 24 - US News
New Mets vets see added benefit in playing exhibition games.
PORT ST. LUCIE — Adrian Gonzalez still is trying to figure out who is who on the Mets, so the early start to the Grapefruit...
Last US Sport News: The chance to marvel at Stanton’s superpowers has arrived. NY Post 24 - US News
The chance to marvel at Stanton’s superpowers has arrived.
TAMPA — You’ve got Allen Iverson’s voice in your head: “We’re in here talking about practice.” Terms like “Grapefruit...
Last US Sport News: The unconventional QBs ex-Giants draft guru would target. NY Post 24 - US News
The unconventional QBs ex-Giants draft guru would target.
Let us get one thing straight right away: Marc Ross no longer has any say whatsoever with the Giants. He ran the NFL draft...
Last US Sport News: Eugenie Bouchard wins suit against USTA over head injury. NY Post 24 - US News
Eugenie Bouchard wins suit against USTA over head injury.
Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has won her case against the United States Tennis Association. The jury found the USTA,...