Perhaps it was inevitable that a prominent Republican, in this case, former president George H.W. Bush, would be put in the crosshairs of a Hollywood accuser alleging “sexual assault,” a charge that has been wreaking PR havoc all across the seedy film industry.
That would be the multi-billion dollar Hollywood film industry that suddenly appears to be run by creeps and weirdos, who just so happen to be raging libs, and who just so happen to exclude themselves from exhibiting the basic moral decency that middle America has been patiently telling them about for going on six decades now.
Earlier on Wednesday, 34-year-old actress Heather Lind of “Turn: Washington Spies” shocked the world by accusing former president George H.W. Bush of “sexual assault” in a now-deleted Instagram post.
“I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served. And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo.” [..]
“But when I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again.”
The ex-president’s spokesman Jim McGrath responded by giving a statement to the media:
“President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”
Now, Bush has followed up with a second statement, and his explanation is getting attention, to say the least.
Just in: Statement from George HW Bush on allegations by actress pic.twitter.com/hKBd4GHQgg
— David Mack (@davidmackau) October 25, 2017
“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”
A photo shows George H.W. Bush with Lind:
— akpodeebright (@akpodee_b) October 25, 2017
Heather Lind may very well be right: The president inappropriately touching her wounded her grievously. It is unacceptable behavior, after all, even it is accompanied by a joke.
It’s just all-too-convenient to make the charge years later, after Hollywood is getting so much heat, even it is a part of the #metoo movement. It switches attention from creeps like Harvey Weinstein, and the numerous celebrities who “knew,” and onto a former Republican president. Coincidence? You decide.
After all, these are the same Hollywood elitists who turned a blind eye to Bill Clinton taking advantage of then 22-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky, whom he had sexual relations with in the Oval Office. They all lined up to vote for him in 1996, and even mocked middle America for caring about it.
If the Hollywood left wants the heartland to care about these issues, maybe they should spend less time mocking Christians and ordinary citizens, and spend more time engaging in introspection.
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