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Sat Nov 16, 2019, 09:52 PM

Why Trump Attacked Marie Yovanovitch

"He can’t help but go after women, even when doing so hurts his cause."

On the second day of the impeachment proceedings, President Donald Trump couldn’t control himself on Twitter: He lashed out at Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was subjected to a smear campaign, and who testified to that effect before the House Intelligence Committee. Trump’s lack of control, in itself, was not unusual. But, for some reason, Trump showed more restraint 24 hours earlier, when William Taylor and George Kent went before the Committee. It was almost as if the president found himself triggered by Yovanovitch, the 61-year-old career diplomat. But why was the president’s response so different to witnesses who were roughly saying the same thing? What was the big difference between Kent and Taylor and Yovanovitch? All three are career diplomats, all three are Ivy League graduates, all three have worked in the State Department, all three are experts in Ukraine. But only one of them is a woman. Could that be why the president singled out Yovanovitch? It is almost as if the president is unable to control his rage against women. It is almost as if the president thinks he can bully women and silence them.

Calm and organized, emotional but not angry, Yovanovitch projected a kind of steady professionalism that silenced the room. It was too much for the leader of the free world to take. “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” he said on Twitter. “She started off in Somalia, how did that go?” He was defending what he called his “absolute right” to fire ambassadors, but he was also intimidating a witness—as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, duly noted. Even Fox News’s Bret Baier tweeted, “She was already a sympathetic witness & the president’s tweet ripping her allowed Schiff to point it out real time, characterizing it as witness tampering or intimidation—adding an article of impeachment real-time.”

The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, herself a longtime Trump target, said, “He made a mistake. I think part of it is his own insecurity as an impostor … he knows full well he’s in that office way over his head. And so, he has to diminish everyone else.” Trump has a history of diminishing women, of taking them down when he feels challenged by them.

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Trump tends to get particularly stuck on women he feels threatened by. He once tweeted (and then deleted) this rhetorical question about Hillary Clinton: “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?” Here’s a very incomplete list of women Trump has disparaged: Mika Brzezinski (low-I.Q. Crazy Mika), Rosie O’Donnell (disgusting, both inside and out), Elizabeth Warren (Goofy, Pocahontas), and Katy Tur (a third-rate journalist). He said of four congresswomen: “The ‘Squad’ is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart.” Often he feels the need to claim that his female opponents are stupid.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/why-trump-attacked-marie-yovanovitch/602134/

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raccoon Nov 17 #6
dweller Nov 16 #3
dlk Nov 17 #4
no_hypocrisy Nov 17 #5

Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 09:56 PM

1. he is very, very afraid of strong women

because he is a pathetic, insecure little man

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Sat Nov 16, 2019, 10:00 PM

2. The man has the impulse control of a grease fire.

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Sun Nov 17, 2019, 09:01 AM

6. Great figure of speech. Nt

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Sat Nov 16, 2019, 10:35 PM

3. please stop calling him the leader of the free world ! he doesn't 'lead' shit

he bullies, extorts, colludes, conspires, threatens, throws tantrums and LIES ...
he doesn't 'lead' ... he deludes himself, and no one else, with his worthless art of the deal schtick.. he's NO world leader, his worldview ends at his own eyelashes
fuk him !

and he's a mysognist pig of the scummiest order so he can F himself too ...


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Sun Nov 17, 2019, 12:23 AM

4. As a serial abuser of women, Trump will always target a strong woman

It’s in his dna.

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Sun Nov 17, 2019, 07:25 AM

5. He reminds me of my father.

My father was an authoritarian know-nothing who bloviated regularly and tried to enforce superiority upon me.

My mother/his wife would occasionally argue, but I'd push back and argue all the time. That made him enraged and he was dedicated to proverbially destroying me. My sister, by contrast, would go along with him and even endorse his actions against me.

I survived and didn't become a victim. It sounds like a variation of sour grapes, but my father prepared me for the real world and there isn't a man who can dominate me.

Marie Yovanovitch is my hero.

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