Over in the UK Boris Johnson, the man strongly favored to win the contest for the Conservative party leadership and thus take over from Theresa May as prime minister, has found himself in an awkward situation when neighbors called the police because they heard angry words and loud noises from the apartment where his girlfriend was living. Johnson is apparently estranged from his wife and was staying with her. The police came and then left without taking any action after being reassured that everything was fine.
But Johnson has refused to answer questions about what happened and his efforts to deflect attention have been risible. Johnson’s supporters have been irate at what they feel is excessive media attention to Johnson’s private life and have been angrily attacking the neighbors for releasing the news to the media. But Gaby Hinsliff and Lewis Goodall say that these critics would have been singing a different tune if the person involved had been a woman or a working class politician.
Yep. See also; if a twice divorced woman with a boyfriend half her age & kids by several different men ran for leader we’d literally never hear of anything else https://t.co/SggGMnhObe
— Gaby Hinsliff (@gabyhinsliff) June 24, 2019
In this and other ways, Johnson is a lot like Donald Trump. Johnson had an affair with his second wife while still married to the first and then had an out-of-wedlock child with another woman while married to his second wife. As for Trump, just this week yet another woman came forward with a serious sexual assault allegation against him and already it seems to be disappearing from the news cycle, likely because even if people think the charge is true, they have resigned themselves to the fact that it will have no effect.
No wonder Trump and Johnson form a mutual admiration society. Because they are both wealthy white men from highly privileged backgrounds, events that would have been career ending for anyone else are shrugged off as peccadilloes, mere bumps in the road that will soon be forgotten. They are part of a very exclusive cub that plays by very different rules from the rest of us.