If he were a teacher, police officer, manager of a store or a run of the mill cubicle worker, he would be fired for the things he says about women. But he’s not; he’s Donald Trump, and he’s a few weeks away from potentially being president of the United States.
On Oct. 7, The Washington Post broke video footage of Trump and Today show host, then Access Hollywood host, Billy Bush, cousin of Governor Jeb and former President George W. Bush, vulgarly discussing a married woman Trump failed at pursuing.
The footage can be found here, but it does contain graphic language so watch at your own discretion.
At first watch, I was at a loss for words. I am sickened by the fact that somebody who is so close to the most powerful position in the world can speak with such little regard for roughly half of the population.
Trump is no stranger to misogyny, ranging from past comments about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado to recent statements about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Here’s a list of 5 things Trump has said about women and why I think they make him unfit for the Oval.
- “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said in the aforementioned video. “Grab them by the p—y, you can do anything.” This is sexual assault. Sexual assault is both illegal and immoral. Even though Trump has never been convicted of assault, he is clearly condoning it here. 1 in 5 women in the U.S. have been sexually assaulted, they shouldn’t have to constantly fear that their experiences will be undermined by the government because of a bigoted leader.
- “26,000 unreported sexual (assaults) in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” Trump said in a May 7, 2013 tweet. Really? Men and women coexist every day without constant sexual assault. Many men and women in the military go their whole time there without any sexual assault. The problem lies in rape culture and lack of education on consent, not in men and women being in close quarters. The Commander-In-Chief of the largest military in the world should understand one of the biggest problems in the military system and be able to articulate a cohesive solution, something Trump has not proved himself capable of.
- “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass,” Trump said in a 1991 interview with Esquire. This doesn’t really work with the presidency, Trump. A major part of the presidency is getting your policy and messages across in a positive way… having a pretty girlfriend won’t really help that.
- “I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part,” Trump said in his 1997 book “The Art of the Comeback.” Two things are wrong here – the assumption that women are manipulative beings, and that they use their bodies to do so. If Trump plans on working with the women in government, he’s going to have to set aside his completely sexist view on how women get what they want. Powerful women are not inherently manipulative.
- “Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?” Trump said in a Sep 30, 2:30 AM tweet. Crooked Hillary, disgusting Alicia M… two loaded insults that aim for the character of these women. He suggests that Alicia Machado is disgusting for her sexual behavior and even tells his followers to view her sex tape as proof. He also suggests Hillary Clinton is using Machado as a political prop. This tweet came as Trump’s way of saving himself from backlash from Machado coming out about his abuses during her reign as Miss Universe. When faced with adversity, the president should be mature and civil, they should not resort to insults and fallacious arguments. The president should take his losses with dignity and handle their past in a way that shows growth, something Trump never seems to do.