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All Revved Up: The Trumps Worry About Young Men In The Wake Of Kavanaugh

All Revved Up: The Trumps Worry About Young Men In The Wake Of Kavanaugh

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President Donald Trump told reporters last week that it was "a scary time for young men in America."
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All Revved Up: The Trumps Worry About Young Men In The Wake Of Kavanaugh

The American public has been listening to women speak about how Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused and harassed them for weeks. From Christey Blasy Ford’s searing testimony of how Kavanaugh laughed as he held her down and attempted to take her clothes off, to Deborah Ramirez saying he put his genitals in her face while drinking in college. Despite these allegations, Kavanaugh was still sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice Saturday night.

President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. took something away from this experience though: It is hard out there for men.

"It is a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of," Trump told reporters last Tuesday. "This is a very, very — this is a very difficult time. What's happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice."

Just the day before Donald Trump Jr. told the DailyMailTV that Kavanaugh and the "Me Too" sexual abuse allegations made him nervous for his family. “I’ve got boys and I’ve got girls, and when I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary for all things,” he said.

When asked who he was scared for more, Trump Jr. said “right now, I’d say my sons.”

Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett Price joined Boston Public Radio Monday and refuted the comments made by the Trumps.

Price believes that President Trump left out a keyword in his statement that he says Trump’s supporters certainly heard. That word is "white," as in it is a very scary time for a young white man.

The history of the United States is paved with the injustice of young black men. President Trump himself has even helped perpetuate these inequities with his request for the death penalty for the Central Park five. Price sees Trump’s claim as a denial of the hardships young black man have endured and continue to endure.

“So you know, [Trump’s] attack on the Central Park Five, the notion that Tamir Rice at 12 never got a court case. Trayvon Martin at 17 never got a court case. No matter how many people want to deify Michael Brown Jr. as a criminal at 18, he never got a court case. Emmett Louis Till never got a court case,” Price said.

In addition, Monroe also thinks Trump should have added rich to his comments as well. She sees Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court as another example of white elitism trumping justice.

“I think that the elite learns early on that they are special and that they won’t face consequences,” she said. “So when they do, you see the kind of outrage that you saw Brett Kavanaugh certainly exhibit.”

Monroe told Boston Public Radio that Kavanaugh’s stature as an elite white man allows him the privilege to dodge the accusations regardless of how credible they are. “It is the whole notion that while we believe something may have happen that gentleman didn’t do it,” she said.

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