It was a day that ends in
“why God why” “y,” so President Donald Trump simply had to go on national television and say something bizarrely out of touch with basic reality.
But actress and activist Alyssa Milano wasn’t about to let it slide.
Speaking to the Press Corps on Tuesday, Trump lamented, in light of the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as well as a seemingly ever-mounting list of other women from his past, that this is a “scary time for young men in America” because “you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of.”
At a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday evening, Trump elaborated on this sentiment, using himself as an example. “Guilty until proven innocent,” he said of Kavanaugh. “That’s very dangerous for our country. I have it myself all the time. Let it happen to me. Shouldn’t happen to him.”
(It has, of course, happened to him, over a dozen times, but the GOP has simply circled the wagons and refused to hold Trump to account, much like they will surely do this week with Kavanaugh, but anyway!)
Then, for good measure, he mocked Dr. Ford with statements about what she remembers about the incident she alleges occurred with Kavanaugh, some of which were demonstrably false and easily refuted by the hours of testimony, all of which was televised and is a matter of public record–something actress and activist Alyssa Milano knows all too well, since she was there.
And she was not about to let any of this slide.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi, Milano said, “Men are having a hard time right now? I mean, c’mon,” before going on to make a plainly obvious point that nonetheless very apparently bears repeating: “Women, young people, have had it difficult for generations and generations and generations.”
She then went on to criticize Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who emphatically defended President Trump’s comments in Mississippi as simply factual. “I’m filled with rage,” Milano said. “For Sarah to just go on and say, you know, he was just stating the facts.”
Hitting back at the White House’s characterization of recent events, Milano explained, “What is happening right now is that we are defining boundaries, boundaries that have never been defined before … We will not be silenced any longer. And if that means men have a hard time right now, then I’m sorry, this is the way the pendulum has to shift for us to have the equality and security in our country.”
On social media, Milano’s take on the situation seemed to resonate with many:
Of course, she was not without her eloquent, incisive detractors:
But many seemed to take her words as a rallying cry–especially as the country heads into the midterm elections.
Looking to the future, Milano told Velshi & Ruhle, “History will reflect upon this time as being devastating,” and it’s hard to argue with that. But judging from one interaction she had with a viewer after her appearance, Milano just might have plans to have a more hands-on role in shaping history one day:
Perhaps someday we’ll have a Representative Milano fighting the good fight.