Dear god why: ‘Law and Order: SVU’ plans episode inspired by Trump’s campaign
These days, it seems Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is everywhere we turn, mostly because he can’t seem to stop saying and doing godawful things for the life of him. However, for a while, coverage of him seemed pretty much exclusive to news. At least that was until Law and Order: SVU basically decided to feature Trump’s campaign in what promises to be a delightful hour-long episode entitled “Unstoppable.”
Set to air Wednesday, Oct. 26, which will be just two weeks out from Election Day, the episode will follow Veep’s Gary Cole as a politician whose campaign gets torn a new one when multiple women come out with “damaging accusations,” The Hollywood Reporter reports. The episode will additionally feature actors Currie Graham, Meredith Travers, Bianca Amato, and Peter Gallagher, but at this rate, we’re all so done with anything and everything even vaguely connected with Trump that I doubt Meryl freaking Streep guest-starring could convince me this episode is a good idea.
The reference to a candidate for office hit with allegations, presumably of sexual assault, by multiple women pretty transparently relates to the latest Trump scandal. The presidential candidate, in a 2005 hot-mic tape, boasted to NBC’s Billy Bush that he’s able to do “whatever” he wants to women, which includes grabbing “them by the pussy” whether they’ve consented or not.
Trump’s latest scandal has not actually led to multiple women coming forward with accusations, but as you can probably guess, both sexual harassment and assault charges have been filed against Trump long before the tape surfaced last week. One allegation comes from Trump’s first wife, who, under oath, described being brutalized and sexually violated by Trump.
A 1997 lawsuit by Jill Harth, working with Trump on a business deal at the time, alleges “attempted rape.” According to Harth, Trump took her into one of his children’s bedrooms at his Florida estate, threw her against the wall, groped her, and lifted up her dress. Harth claims she was surprised because “he knew I was with George” (her partner). But one thing the recently unearthed 2005 tape shows is that Trump is not deterred by a woman’s marital status. The conflict was settled outside of court.
The most disturbing allegation, filed in June this year, comes from a woman who claims Trump assaulted her in 1994 when she was 13 years old. Jane Doe, as she is referred to in legal documents, claims she was attending a party at the mansion of Jeffrey Epstein — a registered sex offender charmingly known as the “billionaire pedophile” — when Trump, whom she claims initiated sexual contact with her multiple times prior to this, allegedly bound her to a bed, beat, and raped her.
That being said, the Law and Order episode coming up might be based more on the most recent scandal of the leaked tapes than anything else, but like Gary Cole’s character, women have come forward against Trump with assault allegations, although bizarrely enough, he still doesn’t seem to know what sexual assault even is.
All things considered, a Trump-based Law and Order episode is pretty much the last thing any of us want to see right now, but are we going to watch it anyway? Honestly, yeah, probably.
For now, just take comfort in this one glorious quote from Trump himself back in April that we all sort of need right now: “I don’t think I’m going to lose, but if I do, I don’t think you’re ever going to see me again, folks. I think I’ll go to Turnberry and play golf or something.”