Let’s discuss the history of presidential creepiness. In this election, this is a discussion that really matters.
We can start with the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, who raped his 14-year-old slave Sally Hemmings. Nearly a century later, Grover Cleveland became the first president to get married in the White House. His bride? Frances Folsom, who at 21 was more than a quarter-century Cleveland’s junior and as an infant had been babysat by her “Uncle Cleve” back when her father was still his law partner. Flash forward to the Great Depression and you will find First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, whose maiden name was… um, Roosevelt (she was his fifth cousin once removed). And let us not forget Bill Clinton – husband of America’s probable future first female president, Hillary Clinton – whose well-known philandering may very well have crossed the line into sexual harassment or quite possibly even rape.