‘Bullied’ Melania Trump wants sexual abuse victims to shut up

First Lady Melania Trump told ABC News that she may be the most bullied person in the world. She told the same interviewer that sexual abuse victims should shut up unless they can “show the evidence.”

I’m guessing she doesn’t see the pot-calling-the-kettle-black in those two comments.

Is she really that self-absorbed?

“I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world,” Trump said to ABC’s Tom Llamas.

“You’re really the most bullied person in the world?” he asked.

“One of them,” she answered, “if you really see what people saying about me.”

What people are saying about you?

How about those kids in cages?

I’d suggest that the children who’ve been separated from their parents at the border and locked up might have a slightly better case for being bullied.

I’d suggest that the sexual abuse victims being shamed by people like the First Lady’s husband for coming forward years after the abuse have a slightly better case.

I have more than a dozen letters from such individuals.

They’re heartbreaking.

And yet, Melania Trump told ABC News, “If you accuse (someone) of something, show the evidence.”

She added, “I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or, ‘You did that to me,’ because sometimes the media goes too far, and the way they portray some stories it’s, it’s not correct, it’s not right.”

The cruelty of imposed silence

Many victims of sexual abuse, particularly those from decades ago, were shamed into silence. We cannot and should not continue telling them to shut up, even if there is nothing to be done now with the abusers.

At the very least they deserve to be heard.

Particularly because we live in a time when even those who admit to bad acts aren’t held accountable.

For example, that well-known, high-powered man caught on a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape saying of women, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.”

Reach Montini at ed.montini@arizonarepublic.com.

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