At the dawn of 2018, Oprah Winfrey captured the world’s attention with her Golden Globes speech. Speaking to younger girls, she proclaimed that “a new day is on the horizonwhen nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again.” We can’t get to this day, however, unless some of the most powerful, including the man in the Oval Office, are held accountable for their deplorable actions.

The #metoo movement was sparked in Hollywood when Alyssa Milano tweeted, “if you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” This powerful tweet, aimed at giving a voice to the women who had made allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual harassment and assault, launched a movement that shook the very foundation of the industry. Shortly after, many other high profile celebrities, including Louis C.K. and Kevin Spacey, were accused of egregious acts of sexual misconduct.

As the movement gained momentum, accusations spread across industries. In Oprah’s poignant words: “It’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace.”

Indeed, the movement soon empowered women to expose members in the government.  For example, United States Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, resigned his seat after a series of allegations that he groped and “forcibly kissed multiple women.” After such a profound impact, the question remains: can the momentum of this movement take down President Donald Trump?

In the months before Trump claimed his seat in the Oval Office, many women came forward “with a wide range of accusations against Trump, ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women,” according to CNN. Yet even with accusations from at least 19 different women, Trump faced no consequences for his actions.

In an interview on CNN, Joe Manchin, a Senator from West Virginia, said he’s “moved on” from the president’s allegations since “the people already held court during last year’s election.” He and anyone else who brushes the allegations against Trump aside are sending the message that sexual misconduct is not serious enough to warrant appropriate punishment. This kind of inaction could very well deter victims of sexual misconduct from speaking out in the future.

All allegations of sexual assault or sexual misconduct should be appropriately and seriously investigated, regardless of the power held by the accused. At the end of the day, a sexual offender is still an offender regardless of whether he or she works in a corporate cubicle or holds the most prestigious office in this country.