07.09.2018 12:10 PM

The Hypocrite-in-Chief

“I strongly deny the groping allegation that I already admitted to and apologized for.”

That is Justin Trudeau’s defence in the ongoing groping scandal, basically. And it is so truly pathetic, so fucking ludicrous, satirical news show The Beaverton ridiculed it with that very headline. The shifting, shifty prevarications of the Prime Minister of Canada have become a global punchline.

So, on Saturday, assorted trolls sent me super-mean messages.  All of them seemed to have less than 50 followers, all of them had fake names, and all of them used fake portrait photos.  Not a few of them went after my wife when they couldn’t get a rise out of me; one even seemed to suggest my wife should get raped to teach her a lesson.

Here’s representative sample of the barrage of hate:

Nice, eh?

Abruptly, the nastiness stopped on Sunday.  Perhaps the 22-year-old who was overseeing the astroturfing – in a windowless, basement office at Langevin Block, under a photo of her boss jogging shirtless at Toronto’s Cherry Beach, on the very day that his judgment was being questioned from coast to coast to coast – went home to rest up before spending another few million on social media “outreach.”  I anticipate she’ll be back at it this week, once again circulating pleadings from my divorce because, you know, it’s 2018.

Before I blocked them, I observed that the trolls were accusing Yours Truly, and not a few other commentators, of “doxxing” Trudeau’s groping victim.  This is a shitty little lie, of course.  I thought the CBC’s Robyn Urback dealt with it rather well in a column that appeared Sunday night:

“…this is not a situation where an incident was dug up out of nowhere and put on the public record without the woman’s permission. For better or worse, this encounter was already on the public record in the form of a published, public editorial. The suggestion that we put the genie back in the bottle now is moot.

Ironically, there is at least one recent occasion when a private allegation was put on the public record without the complainants’ express permission: That is, in late 2014 when Trudeau went public with allegations against MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti, without telling the women involved — two NDP MPs — in advance. The women felt blindsided, according to the NDP whip at the time.

Trudeau is himself therefore guilty of publicizing a misconduct allegation without the complainants’ permission, which makes the suggestion that we now drop the matter concerning the prime minister’s conduct — conduct that was already put on the public record — rather rich. It’s that conspicuous double-standard, rearing its head again.”

Anyway.  A nice reporter contacted me on Sunday, when I was in the middle of the woods with one of my sons, to simply ask me why I thought the editorial Rose Knight wrote in the Creston Valley Advance came up at all – and why, presumably, someone sent it to me.  I told her I didn’t want to speak on the record, because the threats and abuse were getting to be a bit much.

But I did tell her this:

“[Rose Knight’s editorial] was sent to me on the same afternoon the Hehr judgment came down (the decision, not the report – that’s regrettably still secret). I asked my source if there was a connection – ie., if Hehr is out of cabinet for long-ago inappropriate conduct out West, but Trudeau isn’t for the same thing – and the source said yes.”

The reporter suggested to me that some Ottawa Liberals were behind the effort to shine a spotlight on Trudeau’s misconduct.  I specifically did not answer that.

But I added this:

“Whoever sent it to me was waiting for the Hehr decision. And I presume they chose me because I had been very active in helping [one of Hehr’s targets,] Kristin Raworth.”

Did my source(s) send the now-world-famous editorial to me because I am no fan of Justin Trudeau?  Well, duh.  Obviously.  But I suspect my small connection to the Kent Hehr scandal was part of it, too.

(And, I would also hope, she/they know(s) that I have received information about a similarly hypocritical Conservative leader, too.  But that information will not become public until the woman in question goes public, as Rose Knight did with her August 2000 editorial.  These stories belong to the victims, as I’ve written many times.  Not anyone else.)

Anyway.  As of Friday night – when (a) Rose Knight issued a statement re-affirming that Justin Trudeau groped her and (b) put her name to it – the issue is no longer if Justin groped Rose: he did.  It was the issue, but now the issue has become something else entirely. It’s that Justin Trudeau is now inarguably, irreducibly this:

The Hypocrite-in-Chief.


14 Comments

  1. Colin Wills says:

    I’m a Conservative and I hope that the conservative grope story comes out sooner rather than later. I will condemn that person as loud as I have condemned Trudeau and Brown. Keep up the good work on this Warren, this situation shines a light on the shallowness and hypocrisy of our PM and his cheerleaders.

  2. Kevin says:

    Yes. It’d be hard to be more disappointed at all of this. Trudeau-as-hypocrite I can take in stride. After all, he’s a politician.
    Trudeau-as-groper is a different story. I’m having a hard time with that. People will argue that standards of behaviour were different 20 years ago, and that is true. That doesn’t make her any less a victim. And bravo to her for being courageous enough to speak out back then.

  3. Johnny Maudlin says:

    Warren! Hello my son. My son of of a gun. As your 1) former comments baiter 2) sometime confessor and 3) cyber bud may I offer a slight modification to your piece? Thank you-JT ought to be referred to as alleged groper. In review: his amazingly awkward statement said he did nothing wrong but apologized yada yada. You insist he IS a groper. And I’ll add this; we are becoming very label-dependent. We understood the evolution of media/social media and how outrageous statements/tags appear to be necessary to get some attention, but man! Don’t you miss, just a little, the times now gone when the report would have read, “Mr.Trudeau was alleged to have etc.” Not the Prime Molester or the Little Prince or the Dauphin or for that matter The Hypocrite In Chief. I am twice as guilty as your average troll but I regret the evolution;-)

  4. Jack McLeod says:

    I do not care about groping that happened 18 years ago!
    What I want to know is Trudeau a Martin Liberal, or a Chretien Liberal. Readers please clarify.

  5. Johnny Maudlin says:

    You can take this in what ever direction you care to take it. When JT says (in essence) men and women many experience the same interaction differently he is making a reasonable observation. You then (in the video linked) argue that “…in the eyes of the law etc”

    You’re creating a different context for Trudeau’s observation. The focus on his apparent hypocrisy on the broader subject of how we receive women’s report of sexual abuse (we must believe the women) is worth ongoing discussion. This ongoing obsession with the single event at a barbecue is done like a cheeseburger. Burnt. Consumed.

  6. Des says:

    Hey Warren. Say what you will about Steeper33 on Youtube, but check out this cut he/she just made:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnkNVQKyMQ0

  7. Sean says:

    A grope is a grope. But the Trudeau grope is special because he’s punished others for similar or lesser offences. He said he was philosophically consistent in that his policies apply to him as well. Clearly they don’t and this speakea to the hypocrisy and character of the man/child.

    To a certain extent this issue has restored a tad of respect I have for the MSM. Strong personalities are daily asking the right questions, and not letting his hypocrisy escape into the ether.

  8. Anne Mason says:

    LIKED YOUR COMMENT;
    These stories belong to the victims, as I’ve written many times. Not anyone else.)

  9. Robert White says:

    Our Prime Minister wears more than one hat as a public figure and PM. He is also a private person with a private life apart from his public persona as PM of CANADA. As acting PM he is obligated to adhere to the public persona 24/7/365, but he is still a human being that has a private life too.

    Previous to becoming PM of CANADA his behaviour was to be viewed as private rather than public behaviour and his past alleged ‘groping’ incident has only managed to get newsworthy legs since he became a public figure as PM.

    Now that he is obliged to adhere to the public persona as PM of CANADA, and place himself as leader of Parliament in the best possible light, it makes no sense to add further insult to injury by copping a plea on past untoward behaviour.

    Politically, it makes no practical sense to stand up to the plate and admit to being a hypocrite simply because one’s detractors want that sort of admission to be forthcoming.

    Trudeau was vetted pre-election and he attained a majority government. The people have spoken en masse.

    RW

    • Walter says:

      Groping is ok for a teacher, just not for a PM?

      • Robert White says:

        A grope is a grope, but suggesting that groping is tacitly acceptable is just plain wrong. Furthermore, Trudeau was not on school property when he allowed his id impulses to rule the roost.

        Where id was ego shall be…Sigmund Freud

        RW

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