And here we are again. Another “bombshell” moment featuring Trump, only this time the damning words are right out of his mouth. I’m not going to repeat any of the disgusting, obscene, and vile things about women which were picked up off a “hot mic” eleven years ago. Hell, I’m not even using any pictures or gifs of him (Oops! There is that last gif, but it’s from Saturday Night Live so I couldn’t resist) because I’m planning on watching the debate in a few hours and there’s only so much of “His Orangeness” I can stomach. There are two issues here though, that I feel like I have to address.
1. As horrible as his comments were, this was not just “locker room/boys will be boys” talk. This was a 59 year-old man chuckling about how he uses his fame and fortune to get away with sexually assaulting women. I’m sorry Trump surrogates and supporters. As hard as you may try, there is NO way to spin this. It’s because of men like this, and their enablers that there is a rape culture in this country. And trying to turn the focus from him to the Clintons isn’t going to work either. Bill Clinton isn’t running for President. And, even when you drag up his questionable sexual history, it’s a reminder, at least to me, that do we really want another Commander-In-Chief with not only a similar “problem”, but one that’s probably even worse?
2. My second issue is regarding the fake shock and dismay from people, especially those within the Republican Party and the media. I mean, honestly! Is this latest really such a surprise? Does anyone remember that on Friday he also insisted that the Central Park Five were guilty and should have been executed despite having been exonerated by DNA evidence, and being completely cleared by the justice system? It’s been perfectly clear for months, if not years, that Trump is a racist, bigoted, misogynistic, xenophobic, lying… I’m going to stop there. I’m not a psychiatrist, I’m not going to hazard a guess as to what exactly is wrong with his mental state *cough, cough, Narcissistic God Complex*, but one thing should be obvious to all of us: he will never, ever acknowledge his mistakes or misbehavior.
I think I’ve already said, I’m not a huge fan of Hillary’s, but for me, there’s no choice. Look, for anyone who’s reading this and is still undecided. The question is: can we survive four years of Hillary? Call me optimistic, but I give a resounding YES! Now honestly ask yourself that same question regarding Trump.
While I don’t see all voters uniting against Trump and his hateful ideology and dangerous policy ideas, I refuse to give up hope.