If President Trump was on the campaign trail in 2017 instead of 2016, he likely wouldn’t have won the office due to the allegations of sexual assault or misconduct by multiple women, said California Rep. Jackie Speier.
Speier, a Democrat, said on CBS’ “Face The Nation” times have changed so much in just a year that Trump likely wouldn’t have won the presidency if the atmosphere that exists in 2017 existed a year ago.
Speier said the atmosphere around sexual assault and harassment in the wake of the New York Times’ report on Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment and assault has changed the conversation.
“There is some truth to that,” Speier said when asked if the sexual assault allegations against Trump are less relevant after he won the presidency.
“If the president was running today, I bet he would not be elected because I think we have had a huge cultural shift that was 40 years in the making. But, I think all of us are grateful now that there is a new day for women in the workplace where they do not have to put up with sexual advances that are unwanted, that they do not have to live and work in a hostile work environment. And that's going to be good for all of us in the workplace.”
Multiple women came forward to accuse Trump of sexual harassment or assault in the months leading up to the presidential election. Trump was also caught on tape stating that when you’re famous you can sexually assault women and they will be OK with it because you’re a star.
In the wake of that tape’s release, many Republican lawmakers fled the then-nominee only to return and cast their vote for him during the election.