Don Jr. Cheers Downfall Of ‘Luv Guv’ Who Broke With Trump Over Groping Boasts

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President Donald Trump’s eldest son is tickled that convicted former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) was forced from office this week thanks to an extramarital affair, since during the presidential campaign Bentley had broken with Trump over his boasts about groping women.

“You can’t make this stuff up: Gov Who couldn’t support Trump for comments resigns after sex scandal!” Donald Trump Jr. crowed in a Wednesday night tweet:

Trump Jr. linked to a blog post from the Gateway Pundit, a far-right, pro-Trump site, headlined “Jacka$$ Governor Who ‘Could Not’ Vote Trump over Sexual Comments Resigns over Sex Scandal with Former Aide.”

The comparison isn’t apples to apples: Trump was overheard on a hot mic bragging about grabbing women by their genitals without their consent in the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, and was accused of sexual harassment and assault by some 12 women after that tape was leaked in October. As for Bentley, a series of events, including a state ethics commission finding probable cause to charge him with felonies stemming from his use of state resources to carry out and conceal an alleged affair with a former top aide, led to the governor’s resignation.

Bentley, who endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) in the 2016 race, did release a statement when the “Access Hollywood” tape came out saying he “cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump.”

But like many Republicans who initially expressed outrage at those comments, he softened his stance after Trump won the election. Bentley attended Trump’s January inauguration in Washington, D.C., with his alleged paramour Rebekah Caldwell Mason and her husband in tow.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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