During a rambling, strange, 81-minute press conference in New York on Wednesday, Donald Trump was offered an easy question that previous American Presidents have turned into a rhetorical meal — if not an opportunity to establish moral leadership. “You’re a father,” a reporter ventured. “What does this moment that we’re in, the cultural moment … What messages do you have for the young men of America?”
The context for this question, though unstated, was clearly the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, which feature a woman accusing a prominent political ally of the President of sexual assault, an accusation that the Republican Party has largely dismissed without evidence.
It’s a complex situation politically and culturally, but it wasn’t a hard question. There are dozens of inspiring, measured, and challenging answers President Trump could have given. He could have told young men to be more respectful to women. He could have suggested that they have a moral responsibility to seek consent and respect the boundaries of women. He could have even stolen from his wife Melania and simply replied “Be best.” Instead, the President…
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