Please, let this be absolute rock bottom of this election cycle because I shudder to think what could possibly be worse.
Tensions were already high leading into the second Presidential debate, when footage of a 2005 interview between Billy Bush and Donald Trump broke, the contents of which are despicable and not appropriate to dignify by repeating here.
But we know that the potential next President of the United States has perpetuated sexual assault against women. Period. Anyone who tries to word that in any other manner or justify Trump’s remarks is part of the perpetuation of rape culture in this country.
There is frankly little intelligent analysis that can be given in response to the grandiose display of narcissism and blatant denial of reality that was on display by Trump during last Sunday’s debate.
Asked four times by debate moderators, Trump refused to answer the question of, “Do you condone sexual assault?” Let’s think about that. And then he tried to switch the topic to ISIS. Despite the valiant efforts of both Hillary Clinton and debate moderators, the debate often spiraled away from actual policy discussion as Trump fervently shouted, interrupted the candidate opposing him and point blank refused to answer questions from the audience.
And then there were these moments that further exemplified the bigotry and hatred that truly does not represent the majority of the mindsets of those in his party:
- Calling for the repeal of The Affordable Care Act (which he only calls Obamacare) whilst refusing to offer any actual alternatives.
- Admitting he hadn’t spoken to his running mate, Mike Pence, about the Muslim ban and stated they were not on the same page about whether or not to have religious litmus tests in order to persecute potential immigrants based on religion.
- Constantly resorting to the “inner cities” and other stereotypes upon mention of African Americans.
And the country, finally, is mostly awakened to the crisis unfolding.
Professional athletes have taken to social media to dispel Trump’s claims that what he said in the recently-released video was “locker room talk.” Most well-respected GOP leaders have renounced Trump once and for all, and planned to meet earlier this week in Washington, D.C. to discuss a potential game plan for ousting Trump from the ticket. Which begs the question, why is it this the scandal that has finally resonated with us?
Trump has called Muslim Americans – who have fought for their country – terrorists and murderers, he has called POWs losers for being caught and has called Mexicans rapists. Is it because white women were attacked that there has been such backlash? If Trump had referred specifically to a woman of color in the same way, would the response have been the same? And now, where do we go from here?
If Trump is removed from the running, will this incite more violence and discourse? Lastly, how do we contend with those who still support Trump and his hateful rhetoric?
Bottom line: Hillary Clinton may have issues and scandals surrounding her campaign that in another year would stop me from voting for her. However, in 2016, until she refers to grabbing the genitalia of anyone she deems worthy of her attention, she’s got my vote. Because that is the reality of what this election has become.
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