Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Who Is Eric Schneiderman?

We have just learned that Eric Schneiderman, New York State Attorney General, and leader of the #GetTrump movement, has resigned his office after having been accused of insalubrious, harassing behavior. Said Schneiderman, a leading light in the #MeToo movement, was hoist on his own petard.  

I will spare you the details, but will offer a direct and unambiguous answer to the question that some people have naturally been asking me. Is Eric Schneiderman a relative, near or distant, long lost or recently found? I can see why the question has arisen. After all, Schneiderman is not as common a name as Smith or Jones.

For your edification, the answer is NO. Absolutely not. None of the above. I have no relation whatever to the disgraced former attorney general, and am happier for it. 


whitney said...

What compels these people to so openly and vehemently denounce behavior that they are conducting in secret?

Anonymous said...

Is it not interesting that Trump predicted this over 4 years ago? One would not be wrong to believe that the people most likely to blame and shame others are the ones that are the most guilty of what they charge others of doing.

Ares Olympus said...

What a mess. In the modern world of S&M and 50 shades of grey apparently you can have consensual violence, or at least that's what a man can rationalize after he goes over a line.
They allege that Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. ... Schneiderman said, “In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone.”

Whitney, to explain, I'd start with alcohol as a disinhibitor, but must also be some sort of reliving repressed childhood physical violence from the other side. Maybe there are other causes that enable people to feel pleasure at hurting someone else?

Since the women didn't report the assaults to police, their goal doesn't need to be legal punishment, but simply his reputation. No woman should let herself be alone with him unless she knows what she's getting into. Hopefully mission accomplished there, sorry about the career, but 63 isn't a bad age to retire after a successful career.

Stuart Schneiderman said...

If we accept that Trump was referring to ES four years ago, that must mean that his behavior was an open secret at a certain level of New York society. If Trump knew about it, he was surely not the only one to know about it.

Christopher B said...

Stuart, by at least one victim's own account she duscussed what was happening with friends and was counseled to keep quiet so as to not impact ES's career. I think assuming it was an open secret among the connected is valid.

Sam L. said...


Anonymous said...

One must remember that Trump is a product of NYC and has been a party to all levels of NYC's political machinations. I would suspect that Trump also knows where all the "bodies" are buried.
As in all things human the closer one is to the "levers of power" the more corrupt one is likely to become.

Walt said...

@whitney: I think puritans project their own sins and then attempt to scourge them in others. Like the Reverend in Maughm's "Rain." Then, too, this guy--a drunk and a druggie--went hard after tobacco. I'd be curious to hrar our host's analysis of this phenomenon.