So Morning Joe Goebbels went into aphorisms today after Rowanne Brewer Lane, the woman mentioned in the lede of the Sunday New York Times piece on Trump’s general creepiness toward women, took issue on Fox with the characterization of her experience. It was, The Mouth’s Mouthpiece said, a clear example of “overreach” by the paper.
The thing is, Lane-Brewer told Fox that she was accurately quoted, it’s just that she felt that the story was spun in an unflattering way. But the Times piece didn’t spin her experience at all. It simply recited it.
It was up to the reader to decide whether it was degrading to her. And by a large, it appears, many of them did.
I say this as the father of three daughters. What this story — including today’s chapter– — exposes about us breaks my heart. It’s not entirely surprising that Brewer Lane may not have felt objectified by a guy old enough to be her father coercing her into a bikini and then slapping his brand on her as he introduced her to his equally creepy mostly male guests as “a Trump Girl.” In a culture where that kind of Trumpian creepiness runs rampant, where it’s a constant in some women’s lives, one could, I suppose, become inured to it.
Objectively speaking, she was objectified, and brutishly so.
But Trump will not be held to account, not by the voters. He hasn’t, as Reince Preibus argued, just shredded the old political playbook. He’s shredded the rules of common decency. And thus far, he has been rewarded for that.