Donald Trump’s History Of Attacking His Own Victims Of Sexual Assault
It is offensive that our president, who boasted he could do whatever he wants to women because he’s a celebrity, thinks he can gloss over his own history by declaring April 2017 to be National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. It’s also proof that Trump has no shame.
After video of Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women by the genitals because “when you’re a star they let you do it” surfaced in October, more than a dozen women came forward to say that our current president assaulted or harassed them.
Trump then aggressively attacked his accusers at his campaign events, mocking them for coming forward and insinuating they would be lucky if he did assault them.
“And she said I made inappropriate advances and by the way the area was a public area- people all over the place- take a look, you take a look, look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don’t think so, I don’t think so.”
“When you looked at that horrible woman last night you said I don’t think so.”
“The only way they figure they could slow it down is to come up with people who are willing to say ‘Oh I was with Donald Trump in the 1980’s, I was sitting with him on an airplane and he went after me on the plane.’ Yeah, I’m going to go after her. Believe me, she would not be my first choice that I can tell you. Man, you don’t know, that would not be my first choice.”
He even mimed a woman’s allegation of sexual assault with his hands on stage. CNN reported after a woman accused him of putting his fingers up her skirt at a night club Trump said “’I was sitting alone by myself and then I went wah to somebody” while “motioning to his side as he attempted to re-enact Anderson’s account of his behavior.”
Trump did not stop at insulting his victims. He also threatened them with lawsuits and said he looked forward to retaliating.
“All of these liars will be sued once the election is over. I look so forward to doing that.” –Donald Trump, 10/22/16
According to the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN), nearly two-thirds of sexual assaults go unreported and 20 percent of respondents to a victim survey from 2005–2010 cited fear of retaliation as the reason for their silence. Donald Trump’s pattern of blaming, shaming, and threatening victims clearly fits that statistic.
Donald Trump’s real record on sexual assault is disgustingly clear. His administration’s hollow proclamation does nothing to change it.