Donald Trump: Grabbing them by the words

OUR VIEWPOINT

At the second presidential debate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton faced off bout everything except issues that presidents should be tackling. Much of the focus was kept on Clinton’s Benghazi scandal, Trump’s avoidance of releasing his tax returns, and most importantly, his lewd talk about women.

A video released two days before the debate showed Trump and former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush on a bus bragging about grabbing women’s genitals and kissing them without consent.

Trump said, “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her…I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

Trump also said, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…grab them by the p — — . You can do anything.”

While Trump has apologized for the 11-year-old comments, his apology was not sincere. Instead of merely taking responsibility for his actions, he made an excuse and said it was just “locker room talk.”

This “locker room talk” is exactly what makes people like Brock Turner think his actions were justified. This “locker room talk” is what perpetuates rape culture in America.

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, someone in America is sexually assaulted every two minutes. There are approximately 289,000 rape and sexual assault victims in the United States each year.

On top of this, 30 percent of women who report rape suffer from PTSD nine months after the rape, 33 percent of women who are raped consider suicide, and sexual assault victims are 10 times more likely to use hard drugs.

Trump’s comments may seem innocuous to some because of the age of the video, but it’s not like Trump was a mere teenager when he made the comments. At the time, he was 59 years old. That is three times my age, and I’m fairly certain I would never make comments such as those.

This isn’t the first instance of Trump making inappropriate comments to or about females. In April, he said, “The only thing she’s (Clinton) got going is the woman card.”

So, insulting women is not new territory for Trump.

Recently, many women have come out with allegations against Trump, saying that he sexually assaulted them. At a campaign event in Greensboro, North Carolina, Trump said about one of his accusers, “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.”

This kind of behavior should not be tolerated. The fact that Trump’s excuse for allegedly not assaulting a woman is because she was not attractive enough is sick. His excuse should have been that he would never treat a woman that way, regardless of looks.

Rape culture in America is very real, and Donald Trump is supporting it.

Trump supporters argue that focusing on his offensive comments rather than global issues is counterproductive and that we need to merely look past his comments.

Trump’s lewd comments certainly aren’t about business, global trade, immigration or foreign policy, they are instead indicative of what Trump thinks of women and his entitlement to women.

Statistician Nate Silver tweeted electoral maps depicting the presidential election outcomes based on gender. One map depicted a nation of strictly women voters in which Clinton was the overwhelming winner. The other map depicted a nation of strictly men voters in which Trump was the overwhelming winner.

These maps caused an obscene amount of people to create the hashtag #repealthe19th, meaning repeal the 19th amendment...the one that allows women to vote.

I know this election has been hard, as Americans are not left ith many good choices for president, but when casting your vote on Nov. 8, think about the women in your life and how you would want them to be treated.

Dakota Palmer is the voices editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at voices.spectator@gmail.com.

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