“16 Women and Donald Trump” Shows All the President’s Accusers (Video)

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#MeToo has hit Capitol Hill. Now that the sexual harassment issue has become a public issue in Washington, D.C., we can't forget that the president of the United States has been accused of misconduct himself.

On Wednesday, Brave New Films released "16 Women and Donald Trump." The video shows the 16 women who have reported being sexually harassed or assaulted by Trump and puts "all of their stories together for the first time."

Brave New Filmsa new media company based in Culver City, Calif., that uses "media, education, and grassroots volunteer involvement" to champion social justiceexplained its mission with the "16 Women and Donald Trump" project in an article in The Nation.

Seeing their stories together is incredibly powerful, and damning. ...

As a society, we are finally beginning to hold powerful men to account for abusing their positions and influence to harass and abuse women. But this movement for accountability will ring hollow if it doesn’t apply to the most powerful, and public, sexual harasser in Americathe president.

So why not Trump?

"Trump is immune to the laws of political physics because it's not his job to be a politician," Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert in Washington, told The Associated Press. "It's his job to burn down the system."

On Friday, according to the AP, the White House said there is a difference between the sexual assault allegations against President Trump and Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who on Thursday apologized for molesting Leeann Tweeden during a 2006 USO tour.

"Sen. Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn't," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. "That's a very big distinction. The American people spoke pretty loud and clear when they elected him president."

Sanders, in response to a reporter's question, added that the wave of sexual harassment allegations against powerful people is "an uncomfortable conversation for the country."

Watch the "16 Women and Donald Trump" video above.

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