An allegation that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau groped a reporter at a music festival in 2000 has been making the rounds on social media after someone posted an image of an editorial written at the time detailing the allegations.
BBC News – Canada PM Justin Trudeau denies groping allegation https://t.co/pu3FfT8XYt
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) July 2, 2018
Trudeau didn’t pull a Kevin Spacey and announce he was choosing to live his life as a gay man, but he did tell reporters that he’s reflected very carefully and doesn’t think he acted inappropriately — although he respects the fact that “someone else might have experienced that differently.” Honestly, we forget — who used that line of defense recently? Al Franken, or someone else?
In any case, Trudeau is finally speaking out.
After 'reflecting very carefully' on groping allegation, Trudeau says he doesn't feel he acted inappropriately https://t.co/bBSZg3rxqD
— Marie-Danielle Smith (@mariedanielles) July 5, 2018
After the festival, the [Creston Valley] Advance published an unsigned editorial accusing the then-28-year-old Trudeau, still years away from a career in politics, of the “inappropriate handling” and “groping” of a young female reporter for the paper who had covered the festival. It also quoted an apology it said he gave her the following day.
Trudeau’s office had previously provided a one-paragraph statement on the incident that said he did not recall any “negative interactions.” He repeated a similar message in Regina on Canada Day, telling reporters when asked that he remembered the festival — that it had been a “good day” — but that he didn’t “remember any negative interactions that day at all.”
So, will Trudeau be swept up in the #MeToo movement or will his statement put the issue to bed?
Oh, well, as long as he "reflected very carefully" before exonerating himself of any wrongdoing
— Stephe96 (@Stephe96) July 5, 2018
Interpretation: after considerable debate with legal counsel on the matter ….. i was told to say i didn’t act inappropriately. I added in the ‘reflecting very carefully’ on my own though. 🙄
— Glen Fansler (@Mo_midwestgirl) July 6, 2018
If you have to reflect very carefully about groping, it certainly implies something serious happened. Maybe be more bold and act like Clinton: “I did not have ____ with that woman.”
— JB (@Sparertime) July 5, 2018
Et tu, Justin? It sounds like you need to “reflect carefully” some more
— Amy Dahm (@amydahm) July 6, 2018
I believe that Harvey Weinstien has also reflected back on his actions and also does not believe he acted inappropriately
— Mr. Ian Pfeiffer (@Papafife) July 6, 2018
Not that I am in disbelief at this point but, it takes me all of a split-second to realize I have never put myself in such a position, deep reflection not required.
— Kodiak in Kevlar (@kodiakinkevlar) July 5, 2018
Except it does not matter if HE doesn't feel he it was inappropriate, it matters if SHE feels it was. And she did. https://t.co/Qtnn1PZaBO
— Aaron Bradley (@onezendad) July 6, 2018
Typical Male Feminist.
— Ivan Ayala (@xXChalinoSlimXx) July 5, 2018
Weakest denial ever
— Kyle Fehr (@Kylefehr1) July 6, 2018
This probably isn’t gonna do it https://t.co/hsA2H0Ksy7
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) July 6, 2018
Trudeau is pulling the ultimate "I'm sorry you feel that way" move and it is not a good look. https://t.co/AK6ZNPfIH4
— Jess McHugh (@MchughJess) July 6, 2018
#metoo with deafening silence
— REAL_Unk_Sponge (@AParra210) July 6, 2018
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 16, 2018