Under the American justice system, you’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty and every man and woman who is accused of committing a crime is supposed to be afforded the right to have their day in court — but that apparently doesn’t apply to Donald Trump.
If you’ve tuned in to the round-the-clock coverage of the women who have come forward in recent weeks to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct — some of whom claim improper advances that took place decades ago — you’ve probably noticed that the verdict has already been handed out: He’s guilty — before all of the facts come in.
You don’t have to be a Republican or a Trump supporter to recognize that the way these accusations have been covered is just plain irresponsible.
What you aren’t hearing from the media outlets that are plastering images of his accusers on TV 24 hours a day are that the allegations against Donald Trump are unsubstantiated and that not all accusers of rape, sexual harassment or impropriety tell the truth.
But because there’s a presidential election at stake, anti-Trump forces have been capitalizing on these sordid allegations for political gain.
Isn’t it ironic that many of the women who are now attacking Trump’s behavior toward women are quick to give Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, a pass — despite rape allegations, sexual harassment suits and an inappropriate relationship with a young intern that led to his impeachment.
How do we live in a culture that allows such corrupt double standards? If Trump has already been found guilty in the court of public opinion — then so should Bill.
Unfortunately for Trump, the conga line of new accusers is providing the media with an opportunity to drum up ratings by asking questions about a sex scandal.
And for news networks to blatantly exploit these unsubstantiated claims three weeks away from Election Day is as sleazy as it gets.
It’s almost comical to see how these anti-Trump TV pundits who grimace when they see coverage of baseless, seedy tabloid stories are reacting now that accusations are being levied against a Republican presidential candidate. They’re all diving into the mud faster than Porky the Pig.
I know I’m not alone in wondering why the women who’ve come forward with allegations against Trump didn’t tell their stories sooner.
Why didn’t these women call the police? Why didn’t they file civil lawsuits 10, 20 and 30 years ago?
The fact that the majority of them suddenly emerged out of the shadows three weeks from Election Day is more than suspicious.
It has many people wondering if the chorus of accusations is an orchestrated take-down to tip the scales in Clinton’s favor.
Nonetheless, all alleged victims should be heard and treated with respect. As should the accused.
And voters must get the facts — from both sides — before they cast judgment.
To do otherwise is an injustice to us all.
Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Herald Drive” heard 6-9 a.m. weekdays on Boston Herald Radio.
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