I figured out a long time ago, before he was the Republican nominee, that Trump is intolerant of anyone who differs from himself. A lot of people, however, didn’t seem to figure it out until very recently, and it’s all because of the video that was released in which Trump says incredibly vulgar things about women. This includes him bragging about sexually assaulting a woman, which includes the phrase “grab her by the p---y.”
Let me start off by saying that when every single one of the living former presidents of the United States does not endorse Donald Trump, it makes a statement. Besides the presidents, Barbara Bush, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, John Kasich, and John McCain will not be voting for Trump.
Recently, even Mike Pence, who has staunchly defended his running mate in the past, has been unable to make an excuse for Trump’s vile words. Many Republicans are wishing for Mike Pence to be the presidential candidate, instead. Unfortunately, it’s far too late for that.
Though Trump has made a slew of misogynistic comments in the past, the 2005 video hit a different nerve. While his other comments were either said in an interview or on camera with his consent, this video was made while he didn’t realize his microphone was still on. While he thought his comments were private, they most definitely were not. And this is why it hit a nerve: off camera, away from the limelight, Trump’s vulgar self is even worse; his on-camera persona is not an act.
The defending arguments is: That’s just guy behavior; that’s what men say to each other in the locker room. I’m sorry to tell you, but if that’s how you talk about women, as if they were only there for your pleasure and objectification, then you are a misogynist. A whole list of “ists” and “ics” already described Trump before the video was released: sexist, racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic. But now “misogynist” is fully proven to be on the list.
Trump has been overtly Islamophobic towards Muslims, who make up about 1% of the U.S.’ population. Trump has been overtly racist towards Mexicans, who make up about 11% of the population. He’s targeted veterans; he’s targeted individual women, including his own daughter, Ivanka, who he said is alright to be called “a piece of ass.” But now he’s targeted all women: over half of the American population, and that’s why he’s finally hit a nerve.
What’s worse, he talked about cheating on his wife with a married woman, and he talked about forcing himself on women while his newly-wed was pregnant with his son.
Many people try to defend Trump by using the argument, “He’s not trying to be the Pope.” And no, you’re right. But you know what he is running for? The Presidency of the United States of America. And our President should have, in the very least, respect and acceptance of different groups of people in our country. I would honestly be afraid to have a daughter if Trump became president. Would I want a boy to call my daughter “a piece of ass” because President Trump says it’s okay to call girls and women that? If the President thinks that women are only objects, it must be okay for him to think that too, right?
And though Trump never directly apologizes for his statements, the outbreak of this video has made him attempt to (somewhat) apologize, because he knew if he didn’t, his campaign was down the drain. But maybe it was already in the sewers.