12 Oct 2018
After 'Scary Time' comment, President Trump mocks #MeToo movement
US President Donald Trump has mocked the #MeToo movement again, saying that the campaign made it improper to use the phrase "the person who got away".
Trump's claim that #MeToo prevents him from using the phrase is his latest volley against the movement, which became a force after sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced last year.
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'Under #MeToo rules, I'm not allowed to use that expression'
"There's an expression, but under rules of #MeToo, I'm not allowed to use that expression anymore," Trump said at a mid-term election rally in Pennsylvania, pointing at the phrase "the girl that got away".
"But we'll change the expression," he added.
"I can't do it. It's 'the person that got away.' See, in the old days it was a little different," he said.
Brett Kavanaugh's recent confirmation hearings renewed attention to #MeToo
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's recent confirmation hearings renewed attention to the #MeToo topic as the Senate considered Christine Blasey Ford's accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
The President told reporters the notion that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted someone and that the allegations from Ford and other women could be taken as fact made this a "very scary time for young men in America".
Revelations against Weinstein inspired women to reveal sexual harassment stories
The revelation of the allegations against Weinstein inspired many women to reveal their own stories of sexual assault, but Trump has recently taken shots at the #MeToo movement by expressing concern for men who are accused of sexual assault or harassment.
Trump says he would use original phrase, except for media
Trump said he would use the original phrase, except for the media. "I would do it except for these people up there. They would say, 'Did you hear what President Trump said? Did you hear what he said?'" he said, imitating reporters.
Trump had also mocked #MeToo campaign in July
Trump mocked #MeToo movement in July. He did so while simultaneously mocking Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and saying that should she win the Democratic nomination in 2020 and they're to debate, he'd toss an ancestry test to her and dare her to take it.