Trump's notorious "grab them by the pussy" remark, or more accurately slew of remarks in a leaked 2005 conversation, have sparked a National debate over whether Trump is morally fit to maintain a position of power. While many Trump supporters have steadfastly stood by their candidate despite whatever scandal befall him, others have denounced their support upon the release of his lewd audio-- some even supporting Clinton. Most notably this list includes Speaker Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, and most recently, conservative radio host, Glenn Beck.
While this most recent commentary is particularly reprehensible, it isn't the first time Trump has been caught degrading women. In an August 2015 debate, Fox News' Megyn Kelly (a notably right wing news source and journalist) asked Donald Trump about some of comments regarding women.
"You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs', 'dogs', 'slobs', and 'disgusting animals'", prompted Kelly in the midst of the debate. In typical Trump fashion, he had interrupted Kelly with a typical Trump diversion: a crass joke.
"Only Rosie O'Donnell," he had said.
Kelly continued, supporting her allegations with numerous examples-- both found on his Twitter feed and in his reality television show, 'Celebrity Apprentice.'
In response to these allegations, Trump turned to his most popular phrase: "I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people and I don't frankly have the time for total political correctness, and to be honest with you this country doesn't have time either."
Fast forward to a little over a year later. An audio conversation of Trump from 11 years ago has just been released. This conversation includes such phrases as:
"I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump says. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
And most notably: “And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Trump did issue an apology, but in typical Trump fashion, it was failed to delve into the major issues at hand and included yet another popular Trump diversion: Clinton and America.
"Let's be honest, we're living in the real world, this is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we're facing today."
Trump went on to mention Bill Clinton's abuse of women and Hillary's continued treatment of them, calling it "much worse."
Trump's apology is most comparable to one of the apologies your parents forced you to tell your sibling after beating them up.
Prompted. Forced. Recited. And it sounds a little like this:
"I'm sorry I hit you Tommy, but you ate the last brownie and that was much worse."
Just as your parents would have never considered that a sincere apology, I refuse to believe Trump's apology carried in sincerity or validity.
Trump's "grab them by the pussy" remark may have been the cherry on an ever growing pile of shit against Trump, but just to recap, let's review the top 10 worst things Trump has ever said about women.
1. Beauty and elegance, whether in a woman, a building, or a work of a art, is not just superficial or something pretty to see."
Trump 101: The Way to Success.
Or in other words, "How to Become a Msyognistic Asshole Who Considers Women to Be Aesthetically Pleasing Objects, Like Well Constructed Buildings."
2. 26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military- only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
Trump's own personal twitter.
Yes Trump, because everyone knows that girl + boy = sex.
3. "You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
4. To a female reporter: "I mean, we could say politically correct that look doesn't matter, but the look obviously matters. Like you wouldn't have your job if you were't beautiful."
Because women could not possibly get a job on merit and competency.
5. That time Trump called a lawyer facing trump in 2011 "disgusting, you're disgusting" when she asked for a break to pump breastmilk for her daughter.
Elizabeth Beck to CNN, 2011.
6. "If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband what makes her thinks she can satisfy America?"
Trump's own Twitter-- later deleted.
Yes, because a woman's ability to run a country is related to her sexual abilities.
7. Rosie [O'Donnel] is crude, obnoxious and dumb- other than that I like her very much!"
Trump's Twitter, 2014.
8. "I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?"
Vanity Fair, 1990.
This accompanies a whole slew of allegations that all women are gold diggers.
10. It's certainly not ground-breaking news that the early victories by women on 'The Apprentice' were, to a very large extent, dependent on their sex appeal."
How to Get Rich, 2004.
I find it very peculiar that all of Trump's "how-to" books all include very degrading comments about women. I thought this one was "How to Get Rich" not "How to Be an Pig." Interesting.
11. "[Angelina Jolie's] been with so many guys she makes me look like a baby... And I don't even find her attractive."
Sounds like a guy who was turned down by Angelina Jolie if you ask me....
12. "While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive women, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct."
But.... you just..... did..... never mind.
13. "Cher is somewhat of a loser. She's lonely. She's unhappy. She's very miserable."
14. "Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man-- he made a good decision."
15. "If I were running 'The View', I'd fire Rosie O'Donnel. I mean, I'd look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I'd say 'Rosie, you're fired."
16. "I've said if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."
As if this man could not get any more deplorable, he goes and ahead and subtly suggests that he's sexually attracted to his own daughter.
17. "She is a dog who wrongfully comments on me."
18. "It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees."
To former Playboy playmate, Brande Roderrick, on'Celebrity Apprentice: All Stars.'
19. "A person who is flat-chested us very hard to be a 10."
20. On Megyn Kelly: "She had blood coming out of her eyes. Or blood coming out of her wherever."
Typical man--associating any semblance of anger to menstruation.
21. On women: "You have to treat 'em like shit."
Admission to friend, Philip Johnson, according to New York.
22. That time he called Megyn Kelly a "Bimbo".
23. On Carly Fiorina: "Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that?"
24. "Now, somebody who a lot of people don't give credit to but in actuality is really beautiful is Paris Hilton. I've known Paris Hilton from the time she was 12. Her parents are friends of mine, and the first time I saw her, she walked into the room and I said, "Who the hell is that?"
Recap: Paris was 12 when Trump was swooning over her. Twelve years old.
25. And how ever I could forget: "You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
These statements are a clear indication of Trump's opinion of women: women are nothing more than an object of sexual use and misuse. In Trump world, consent in unnecessary as long as you possess power, fame, and affluence. This notion is so damaging and only furthers the withstanding belief that power can grant you whatever you want. Despite a glaringly apparent misuse of power, are we really willing to give this man any more power?
Trump may claim his words are harmless, as he has. But as women, we know better. Every one of these phrases have fueled every sexualizing, dehumanizing, and objectifying thought that feminists have tried eradicate for years.
I am nothing like the woman Trump perceives me to be, and neither are you.