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MAY 10, 2018
Once a fool - always a fool. Democrats hoped Eric Schneiderman could bring down President Trump, but it was the crusading New York attorney general himself whose career is now in tatters, after stunning revelations Monday of bad behavior and hypocrisy that have Republicans gloating. Schneiderman quickly picked up a high-profile reputation in the Trump era for his legal pushback and acerbic criticism of some of Trumps top agenda items. He was hailed as an icon of the #Resistance by the anti-Trump left and gushing profiles by media outlets.
With the rise of the #MeToo movement, pushing back against sexual harassment of women, Schneiderman also became a key figure in the growing crusade. Not only did he use his authority to take legal action against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, he has been outspoken in the push for a critical national reckoning about the harassment of women.
But on Monday, The New Yorker reported on four womens claims that Schneiderman had repeatedly hit them, threatened them, and demeaned them. The graphic accusations include that he choked a former girlfriend, controlled what she ate and left her emotionally battered, and demanded that another girlfriend, who was born in Sri Lanka and who Schneiderman referred to as his "brown slave," call him Master.
The article indicated the women came forward for a number of reasons, including the resignation of White House aide Rob Porter over claims he had abused his ex-wives. But the piece also reported that the womens anguish and anger grew as he used his office to become a figurehead for the growing #MeToo movement.
Schneiderman denied the accusations in a statement.
In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing
and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have
never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross,
Schneiderman said. But within three hours of the article being published
Monday night, Schneiderman announced that he would step down as attorney
general at end-of-day Tuesday.