It has been one year since the infamous Access Hollywood tape surfaced, in which Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women “by the pu**y.” Since that time, sexual harassment and assault allegations have brought down media mogul Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men such as Bill O’Reilly, formerly of Fox News.
But Trump was elected president, perhaps because of, and not in spite of, his well-publicized record as a sexual abuser and harasser.
Trump even won a majority of white women voters, in an election where white skin solidarity was a clarion call. Apparently whiteness meant far more to most of these voters than their self-respect. Even today, a new poll found that while 61 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of Democrats believe the allegations against Weinstein, only 18 percent of Republicans say the claims against Trump are credible, versus 69 percent of Democrats.
With one of the women accusing Trump of sexual assault recently subpoenaing his campaign, it is clear this issue is not going away—not for Trump in particular, and not for society in general. “Make America Great Again” has been a nightmare for women who are triggered by Trump and all he encompasses. Other men are beginning to topple over the weight of sexual violence allegations against them.
When will Trump’s turn come?
The Steele dossier–compiled by British spy Christopher Steele, which is a part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation— claims Russian intelligence has compromised Trump through his “perverted sexual acts” which were arranged and monitored by Russia’s FSB, the new version of the KGB. “TRUMP’s unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years has provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material…to be able to blackmail him if they so wished,” the dossier said.
Last year, a woman filed a lawsuit alleging Trump and convicted pedophile and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was 13. The woman dropped the lawsuit on Nov. 4—just days before election day– due to death threats.
The abuser-in-chief places disrespect for women at the center of all he does. This administration has been one of toxic masculinity and white male supremacy, with an overwhelmingly white-male cabinet, except for a handful of token women, a few pathetic Negroes and honorary whites.
Trump and his enablers assault women every single day—in the Oval Office and in the West Wing, through their policies, and the statements coming from a most misogynist pig of a president and the backwater lackeys who serve as his mouthpieces.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reversed President Barack Obama’s guidelines on campus sexual assault investigations, because she believes the old rules “lacked basic elements of fairness” and were skewed heavily in favor of female accusers. This weakening of sexual violence protections for college rape victims is only the tip of the iceberg.
The Department of Health and Human Services has refused to allow a 17-year old undocumented pregnant teen to have an abortion. The girl crossed the border with Mexico and was detained by federal authorities in Texas.
The White House has put together a wish list of extremist and ignorant policies that amount to warfare against women’s health and reproductive rights, including slashes to federal funding for family planning, teen pregnancy prevention and birth control for low income women, in favor of bogus “fertility awareness,” known as the rhythm method, and abstinence-only education. These programs prevent 1 million unintended pregnancies, and eliminating them will be a setback for gender equity.
Black women particularly bear the brunt of Trump’s attacks, which is popular among his racist and sexist supporters. We could not expect any more from those who had eight years of practice denigrating and disrespecting the Obama family, including First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha and Malia. Sean Spicer told journalist April Ryan, “Stop shaking your head,” while Trump called for ESPN to fire Jemele Hill for calling him a white supremacist, which he is.
And White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said he longs for the days when women were sacred, as he called Rep. Federica Wilson an “empty barrel” and lied about her role in an FBI building dedication. Wilson called the ambush killing of four U.S. soldiers in Niger Trump’s Benghazi. The congresswoman has also received death threats after criticizing Trump for reportedly telling the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson–a fallen soldier who was ambushed in Niger–that he knew what he was getting into. But in the world of men such as Trump, who would believe anything a Black woman says?
Donald J. Trump is a psychopath and an alleged rapist and pedophile who once called his daughter Ivanka “voluptuous” and a “piece of ass,” and said he would be dating her if she weren’t his daughter. Anyone who thought Trump would be a great president for women–or that Ivanka and Melania would change this man–were naïve, unrealistic or simply not paying attention. If there is any justice, Trump—like other powerful men who abuse, harass and disrespect women—will have his comeuppance.
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