Rep. Reichert, a Republican Congressman who once got his start as a sheriff in King County, Washington, said to Vice yesterday that if Trump had said his “Access Hollywood” comments about grabbing women’s genitalia while under his jurisdiction, he would have arrested him on the spot.
“I’m a cop through and through. You can never take that out of somebody,” he said. “When somebody says that — you know, those those recordings came out regarding sexual assaults. If the statute of limitations was still in existence, and he made those comments in King County, and you know it happened in King County, that’s a person that I would have to arrest.”
Reichert said Trump’s comments were “sort of an admission of guilt from him.”
“There was no reasonable explanation for those words,” he said.
To hear a sitting Republican congressman and former Sheriff say he would have arrested Trump for confessing to sexual assault comes as a pleasant surprise, especially now that almost a year has passed since the “Access Hollywood” tapes were leaked and at least twenty women came forward to accuse him of the very crimes he described. At the time, a few Republican lawmakers expressed their disgust, but they quickly moved on and re-upped their endorsements of him in time for the presidential election, reinforcing rape culture and enabling a sexual predator.
Whether we talk about it or not, that the President of the United States confessed to, nay, boasted about, committing sexual crimes remains a fact. What we do or do not do about who we are as a nation.
Lucia Brawley is a Harvard- and Yale-educated writer, producer, actor, and political organizer. She runs the progressive political Facebook group Consenting to Lead. To learn more, please go to luciabrawley.com.