Let’s be clear: You can believe that Page made poor decisions in her personal life and is wrong in her political opinions and still conclude that the President’s behavior is inexcusable harassment, far below the dignity of his office. It is in fact a national disgrace.
And yet that’s what Page has gotten.
His supporters are only too happy to follow suit. Just look at the smearing of Page as a “homewrecker.” Strzok was party to the affair, too, but where has he been shamed the way Page has?
There’s a name for this double standard: Misogyny.
In the grand scheme of Trump wrongdoing, his attacks on Page are relatively small — and that in itself is a disturbing tell. No man should be able to occupy higher office and behave with such rank chauvinism toward women.
There are a million reasons to get Trump out of office in 2020. His misogyny may not top the list — breaking the law and compromising American national security takes that vaunted spot — but never again can a man this sneering and sexist occupy the Oval Office.