Unsubstantiated allegations that are often decades old are used to end a person’s career. In some cases that person has gone on to end their own lives as social media acts as accuser, judge, jury, and executioner even as legitimate wrongdoing gets repeatedly lumped in with possible wrongdoing, and then “maybe-maybe-not” accusations.
When two White House staffers were accused of years-ago spousal abuse this past week and forced to resign, Donald Trump said this:
“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused — life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
The New York Times blasted the President’s remarks as “insensitive” and “inflammatory.”
Huh? Since when is a warning for us to maintain the principle of “due process” deemed inflammatory? Nearly every bloody and brutal revolution was preceded by a time period when due process was thrown out and people were subjected to the mob’s bloodlust.
Has the #MeToo movement devolved into such a mob mentality? Times editor (and lifelong liberal) Barry Weiss seems to think so when he said this on “Real Time with Bill Maher” this week:
“The hard left is basically saying it’s OK if a few innocent men go down with the ship if that’s what it takes to bring down the patriarchy,” Weiss said. “They hate zero tolerance on the right when it comes to drug policy but they love zero tolerance when it comes to sexual misconduct.”
Andrew Sullivan of New York Magazine, an openly gay man who endorsed Barack Obama for president, has likened the #MeToo movement to a modern era Scarlet Letter whereby the lie quickly becomes the truth and the innocent are left to suffer because of it.
How the Trump White House handled (or mishandled) the hiring and firing of certain staff matters far less than the increasingly scary direction the #MeToo hysteria appears to be heading. President Trump’s warning on this matter is a valid one.
We would all do well to listen, especially when you consider that #MeToo and Mein Kampf are starting to sound uncomfortably alike.