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The Absolutely Worst Word Ever Used by Donald Trump

When The Washington Post released the sickening videotape of Donald Trump’s 2005 hot mic moment last Friday, the Post and others headlined his language as “lewd” and “vulgar.” Later, the national conversation moved to recognition that his words were more than just impolite conversation. In fact, as VP Joe Biden pointed out on Twitter, they described sexual assault.

But, as far as I’m concerned, the absolutely very worst word Trump said on tape was a two-letter word. And too little has been said about it.

That’s right, “It.”

Not “bitch,” “tits,” “pussy,” and “fuck.” Words that I’m actually embarrassed to type and were explained away by Trump & Co. as “locker room banter” and “guy talk” (though I don’t know any guys who talk that way).

No, the very worst word on the tapes was “It.” As in “It looks good.” For a human being. In this case, the actress Arianne Zucker.

That was the word that needed to be heard around the world.

Because when you turn human beings into objects, you turn them into things that do not have individual rights, souls, and dignity. Even our cats and dogs are called “he” or “she” to acknowledge our affection for them and respect for the life force within.

“It” is the pronoun of emotional abuse.

“It” is the pronoun of sexual abuse.

“It” is the pronoun of discrimination.

“It” is responsible for the worst crimes, wars and human rights violations in the history of the world. Because reducing people to an “it,” a thing, an object, can then allow the objectifier to go ahead and demean, exploit, molest, rape, torture, trade, and enslave.

“It” is way, way bigger than“locker room banter.” It’s bigger than sexual assault. It is actually the cold, cruel attitude that generates it.

“It” speaks volumes about a person’s world view of other people. And that’s why it’s the worst word a person with power could ever use, as “it” reflects a sociopathic lack of empathy. Not just for women. For all human beings.

A word of advice to reporters. Think about “it.”