In the light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal where Weinstein is accused of rape, Steve Bannon the leader of the ultra-right-wing of politics Breitbart News may have a point. When he said that, some of the people who are considered Hollywood's elite are, ‘dumb as ticks,’ and like ‘pieces of furniture.' However, this is not a point made with the weighty edge of a sharpened pencil and is rather like a point made with an eraser.

For the reason that Trump has been the center of similar claims. For example, Ivana Trump, President Trump's first wife. (Thereby, providing Ivana a bizarre claim, one where she seems to believe this makes her the President's 'First Lady'). Accused Trump of rape.

Is President Trump cut from the same cloth as Weinstein?

Amidst the current hoopla that surrounds the White House, it is hard to know if the public remembers that President Trump was once accused of rape by his 'first lady—wife' Ivana.

In 1993, Harry Hurt III published 'Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump,' a now out-of-print unauthorized biography of Trump. In the book, Hunt recounts that while under oath and during their divorce, Ivana Trump claimed that Trump raped her. Since then President Trump has called Hurt names and denounced his book. Trump is quoted as saying Hurt 'wrote a failed book' and is a 'dummy dope.'

Hurt recounted Ivana's own words in her deposition.

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According to Ivana, Donald Trump pulled out a handful of Ivana's hair and then raped her. After that, she stated she locked herself in a bedroom and cried. Trump denies both of Ivana's claims equally. He states the rape allegation is false. Additionally, Trump stressed the idea that he had a scalp-reduction procedure is false. Nonetheless, Hurt wrote that two friends of Ivana confirmed Ivana's account of the episode.

When the rape story re-emerged the summer before Trump was elected the President of the United States, Ivana said in a formal statement declaring that Hurt's account was 'without merit.' Hurt emphasized that Ivana did not say the story she told while under oath was false.

Are we living in a climate of powerful men against powerful women?

Regardless, all this coupled with other accusation against The United States' most powerful men.

Including the latest accusations against Harvey Weinstein and considering Bill Clinton's own tainted past with women; Americans may have a difficult moral question to answer: when does the population draw a line in the sand? When will Americans embrace the sentiments in the statement, the Board of Directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stressed when they ousted Weinstein earlier this week?

Perhaps indicating the problem lays at the feet of many of America's dominant men. The statement reads: 'We [have voted to expel Weinstein] not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.' Thereby throwing a hat into the ring of not just Hollywood's arena; the American arena in general—the atmosphere of men, power, women, and rape in almost every corner of America.

To read more about author Harry Hurt III 1993 book 'Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump,' an out-of-print unauthorized biography of Trump, read, Documenting Trump’s Abuse of Women in the October 2016 issue of the 'New Yorker.'

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