–18 United States political sexual scandals - Wikipedia
The —18 United States political sexual scandals include multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault , and subsequent firings and resignations of American politicians in and Some of these allegations are linked to the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations starting in October On January 17, , In Touch Weekly published excerpts of a interview of Daniels alleging a extramarital affair with Trump. The magazine describes her account as being supported by a polygraph and corroborated by both her friend and her ex-husband.
The increasing tabloidization of politics and focus on politicians involved in sex scandals is both problematic and important. This book examines how gender impacts political sex scandals in the United States, in the past and today; explains how political sex scandals contribute to the mistrust of government; and identifies why these titillating events do have serious consequences for our political system. When a major political sex scandal occurs, it occupies as much as 25 percent of all news coverage in the United States. Even if people may deny it, they enjoy "consuming" and talking about political sex scandals. Written by a former journalist who has frequently explored the intersections of politics, sex, and gender in the United States, Sex Scandals, Gender, and Power in Contemporary American Politics investigates how political sex scandals contribute to the mistrust of government and why these titillating events have great significance in our frenzied media environment.
In January , a woman named Gennifer Flowers held a press conference in which she claimed that she had a years-long affair with Bill Clinton, who was then leading the race to be the Democratic nominee for president. At the time I was working for one of Clinton's rivals, and I called up a good friend of mine who was on Clinton's staff, just to gloat. He sighed heavily and said, "To be honest, Gennifer Flowers may be the only woman in Arkansas Bill Clinton hasn't slept with.