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What Does Due Process Mean in the #MeToo Era?
Feb 12, 2018 at 03:09 AM
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What does due process mean in the #MeToo era? How should Americans react to the President's recent tweet on the subject?

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Why It's Relevant

On Saturday, President Trump caused a stir when he tweeted, "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"

This tweet represents one of the President's most direct remarks on the U.S.' national reckoning with sexual harassment and abuse. Although this tweet did not specific names, it was published a few days after two former White House staffers, David Sorensen and Rob Porter, resigned due to accusations of domestic violence.

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What does due process mean in the #MeToo era? How should Americans react to the President's recent tweet on the subject?

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The Washington Post

Due process hasn’t changed. Donald Trump should.

Christine Emba
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This opinion article written by Christine Embra was selected as a view from the left based on the following points made:

  • Trump’s most recent comments on twitter illustrate how fundamentally he misunderstands the concept of due process.
  • Due process refers to a legal pillar, ensuring fair trials, and does not apply to public opinion or employment status; citing due process has become an attempt to protect powerful individuals who stand accused of sexual misconduct without extending those same protections to the accusers.
  • President Trump’s actions and comments show poor integrity; society would benefit greatly if, instead of hiding behind legal terms like due process, individuals ensured those guilty of misconduct are held responsible for their actions.
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The Spec

‘Believe women’ is no threat to due process

Shree Paradkar
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This opinion piece from The Spec was classified as a view from the mid-left due to these types of arguments made:

  • The recent pushback against sexual misconduct and abuse claims with concerns about due process make it seem as if false accusations occur frequently, when in reality they are very rare.
  • Believing women when they make these allegations does not require one to suspend presumption of innocence, rather, it is belief that women should be innocent of ulterior motive unless proven otherwise.
  • Presumption of innocence is not under attack in the United States, but those who are acting as if it is represent those who want to silence women and victims.
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Boston Herald

Fairness, due process count in #MeToo moment

Kathleen Parker
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This opinion from Kathleen Parker in the Boston Herald was chosen as a view from the mid-right because of the following opinions offered:

  • Two recent cases of sexual misconduct claims illustrate two different types of results of the #metoo movement: one ended with a resignation despite a company board vote to the contrary, the other with a very public defense and denial of accusations.
  • These results are representative of the suspension of presumption of innocence that has begun to characterize the #metoo movement, and the impending backlash.
  • If this trend is allowed to continue unimpeded, the movement will risk being consumed with mob mentality and threaten basic law and order.
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New York Post

A male backlash against #MeToo is brewing

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These types of perspectives were the basis for categorizing this opinion by Kyle Smith as a view from the right:

  • The #metoo movement has led to elaborate measures being taken to avoid contact between men and women in the workplace, and such extreme trends will have negative long-term results for both men and women.
  • The movement has approached being pushed too far; it has brought about companies punishing individuals for no reason and the growth of unnecessary hostility between men and women.
  • The frenzied fervor of the movement must be held in check so that it does not become consumed by the unintended consequences of baseless witch hunts, legally unwarranted accusations, and disregard for any distinction between degrees of sexual misconduct.  
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