Hey, some good news! After a year’s worth of evidence to the contrary, the President of the United States is actually learning on the job, and about the Constitution no less! The man who ran full-page ads calling for a group of young teenagers to get the death penalty for a gang rape they did not commit and were exonerated of later, the man who claimed that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States based on … nothing, the man who said Ted Cruz’s father assassinated JFK, the man who led rabid supporters in chants to “lock her up” — the her being his political opponent, the crime she committed being ???, this man has finally learned about the Fourth Amendment.
As you certainly know by now, the White House has found itself in another pickle of its own making. This time, Rob Porter, the White House Staff Secretary was fired last week after the press found out he beat two of his ex-wives and an ex-girlfriend. This led to a number of questions about how long the White House knew about this (since at least March, we learned today) and why someone who could potentially be subject to blackmail had access to highly sensitive materials without having the proper security clearances and what was this ham-handed coverup they attempted where they secretly brought reporters in to hear Porter’s side of the story and what the fuck is wrong with John Kelly’s head, no, seriously, is he just as bad as Trump? Is the “grown-up in the room” just as fucking stupid as the Toddler-in-Chief?
But leaving all THAT aside, I just wanted to note for the record that while the White House eventually and very begrudgingly did the obviously correct thing and fired the HABITUAL WIFE-BEATER, the most powerful man in the world took the wife-beater’s side. In a charged moment in history when women are speaking out and taking their power back from men who would abuse, humiliate, silence and subjugate them, Trump decided this was the moment to become President #HimToo.
None of this is surprising, of course. The man who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by some 20 women and who bragged about sexually assaulting women is not going to be a champion of the #MeToo movement. But it’s worth noting that when the President of the United States could have just remained silent, he chose, instead, to defend a violent man over the women he abused.
If that makes you as angry, note that it is 266 days until November 6. Are you registered?
I love Alamo Drafthouse as much as the next person, but this story about their history of mishandling sexual harassment allegations is deeply disturbing.
Jay Asher, the author of 13 Reasons Why, has been kicked out of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators over sexual harassment allegations.
I’ll have other TV news tomorrow, kids.
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is almost certainly going to have a fourth (and probably final) season.
- The Bear is hopeful for The Blacklist.
- CBS will probably give Scorpion another year to find a syndication deal.
- Bosch has been renewed for a fifth season.
- Comedy Central is developing Re-Established, a comedy that would star Roy Wood Jr.
- Hannah Simone will be the lead in the ABC remake of Greatest American Hero.
- Michael Cudlitz is going to star in an untitled ABC comedy pilot from the guy who created Last Man Standing.
- Richard T. Jones has been added to the cast of The Rookie.
- Chris Powell has joined the cast of CBS pilot History of Them.
- Melia Kreiling and Ashley Thomas are joining the second season of Salvation.
Mark Your Calendars
- Billions will return on Showtime on March 25.
- Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant will premiere on MTV on March 12.
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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Private information about Lisa goes public. 8 p.m., Bravo
Bachelor Winter Games: This is how I eventually die. Series premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
Olympics: Figure skating, slalom and snowboarding. 7 p.m., NBC
American Experience: The Bombing of Wall Street: Hey, did you know that Wall Street was bombed in 1920 and 38 people died? And that the case was never solved? Neither did I. 8 p.m., PBS
Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Oscar Isaac, Massimo Bottura Watch What Happens Live: Teddi Mellencamp, Camille Grammer
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