Nancy French, whose husband David writes for National Review, was the victim of sexual abuse as a child. When Nancy was 12, her pastor molested her. She has written about the ordeal and how, for a long time, she blamed herself.
I was delighted when the preacher volunteered to drop me off. As we drove, I chatted incessantly, happy to have him all to myself without people trying to get his attention in the church parking lot. When we got to my house, I was shocked that he walked me inside my dark house, even more surprised when he lingered in conversation, and thunderstruck when he kissed me right on the lips. At 12 years old, I swooned over my good luck. He picked me out of all the girls at church. But the relationship, especially after he moved on, reset my moral compass. If all the church conversation about morality and sexual purity was a lie, what else was fake? Now that the “family of God” felt incestuous, I rejected the church and myself. Didn’t I want the preacher’s attention? Didn’t I cause this? When I careened from faith, I made a series of poor romantic decisions that later almost cost me my life. Still, I couldn’t very well criticize the church because I was an utter emotional mess.
It is a gut wrenching read and Nancy French should be commended for having the courage to write about it.
Instead, Julie Kelly of the pro-Trump American Greatness publication is claiming Nancy French asked for the abuse. Among other things, Kelly claimed that Nancy French "screwed around with her pastor" as opposed to being sexually violated by her pastor.
What makes it worse is that Kelly is playing at Trump's game now. She is doubling down on the attacks on Nancy French instead of apologizing. It is another reminder of how Donald Trump has attracted garbage people into his orbit who have decided selling out all principles and good grace is the way to get ahead.
Attacking victims of sexual abuse is really not American greatness and it certainly will not make America great again.
For more, read this thread by Nancy's husband, David: