"It's the person that got away".
Donald Trump's claim that #MeToo prevents him from using a certain phrase is his latest volley against the movement, which became a force after sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced a year ago.
- President Donald Trump is stepping up his attack on Democrats over a health care proposal called Medicare for All, claiming it "would end Medicare as we know it and take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives".
"See, it was a little different in the old days", Trump continued.
When Trump said he was "fighting so hard against the Democrats' plan that would eviscerate Medicare", clicking on the text took readers to a September 2017 New York Times report explaining the exact opposite is actually true. "I would do it except for these people up there".
The president commented that Pennsylvania was considered the state that Republicans always tried to win in presidential elections, reminding supporters that they helped him win the state. "President Trump's op-ed was treated like other column submissions; we check factual assertions while allowing authors wide leeway to express their opinions". Pennsylvania was always the person that got away. "That's pretty good", he said amidst applause from the audience.
Trump also celebrated Kavanaugh's appointment amid Democratic opposition and sexual misconduct allegations against the nominee. They have been invigorated by the successful nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and are seeking to use the contentious moment to unify the GOP and stave off Democratic energy at the polls.
Trump had mocked the MeToo campaign at a rally in July as well. While mocking Senator Elizabeth Warren's heritage, Trump said he would have to "gently" toss a DNA test Warren's way so as not to hurt her "because we are in the MeToo generation".
In 2012, a week after Hurricane Sandy hit the NY area, Obama appeared at a campaign rally alongside Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen in OH on the eve of the presidential election.
They came forward in the wake of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that was released in October 2016 in which he is caught saying on a hot mic: "And when you're a star, they let you do it".