Donald Trump’s surrogates and his Republican Party are busy bashing their heads against the closest wall. The latest Trump storm is not going to matter to his core supporters. They know what he is and they like it. They don’t care. He tells the truth, tells it like it is.
There are moderate Republicans in office or running for office, but I won’t vote for any Republican candidate in my lifetime. Because the Republican Party is dangerous to the fundamental rights of women and minorities. This voter has come undone by this candidate and the party he represents. They have condoned every single word and every single gesture. They have made themselves known.
You get that he does represent you, Republican Party and RNC? He is your candidate, your guy. Right? My mom used to tell me that you were known by the company you keep. I know how you guys like to call on mom and apple pie and good old family values.
Once again the Republican Party is aghast, appalled, concerned, troubled (insert appropriate descriptor here), and scrambling to “distance” themselves from Trump. Distance? There’s not enough distance they can put between themselves and that man to make him palatable to me or most of the women that I know. Their “distance” is coming just a bit too late, and their scramble to elect this man-child tells me everything I want or need to know. If they manage to get him into the Oval Office they’ll just revert to the same old party: anti-woman, anti-minority, equal rights for some but not all. Such paragons of “decency”.
Women are raising their voices in outrage and disgust and suddenly we are valuable to the Republican Party. They want our votes and see them slipping away, so they protest and wail and thump their chests in despair Distance? I’ll show you distance. I’ll get as far from you as possible and just keep on going. There’s your distance.
I think most women can identify with being grabbed. If you can’t, consider yourselves fortunate and in the minority. I’ve been grabbed “there” and other places. Some of it started before I was a teenager. I know how it feels. I remember what it did to me. It’s taken me many, many years to get pissed off about it.
Any man who values his wife, daughter, sister, mother, niece, or any woman in his life (and they are out there so bless them and celebrate them) should be shaking his head in disbelief and sorrow today. Women know some men talk like this about us to other men. Sometimes they even do it right to our faces. It’s no secret, boys. We know who you are. We remember you.
Is anyone really surprised that the Republican Party nominee for President said these things? I need to say that again. This man is the Republican Party nominee for President. He has had no compunction about saying vile things about women and minorities in public, in front of his beloved TV cameras, or wherever he can get someone to pay attention to him. He wants to be President? He wants to represent all of us? Thanks, but no thanks. I have no illusion that anything I say or write is going to change the hearts and minds that are closed, but I’m not willing to be silent any longer.
A word of caution. Don’t tell me what so and so did 20 years ago, which makes anything Trump does or says today just fine with you. Don’t lecture me about Christian forgiveness. Don’t wave God and the flag and whatever else you can dream up in my face to excuse him. I’ve heard or read what he said years ago, and I’ve certainly heard and read enough of what he’s said recently. There are actually religious leaders out there imploring us to look the other way, keep silent, and vote for Trump anyway because it’s the Supreme Court that really matters.
Sexual abuse and sexual battery is grabbing a woman and forcing yourself upon her WITHOUT HER CONSENT because you think you have that God-given right since you are a man. You count on her embarrassment and her humiliation to keep her silent. We’ve had a good long time to ask ourselves what we’re tolerating and why. We are not the women we were 20 years ago. It wasn’t okay then and it’s not okay now. You can no longer rely on our silence.
Trump’s apology? Bill did it, too! Your basic 3-year-old would get schooled on that one. I’m not even going to try to make that work.