Women voters in swing states are expressing deep disgust about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s assertion that an old tape featuring him talking about groping women amounted to “locker room talk” and not sexual assault.
Of the many, many lies Donald Trump spewed at the second presidential debate Sunday night, dismissing this conversation as “locker room talk” wasn’t even the worst. I don’t think you understood what was said.
CNN fact checkers say while there’s evidence that Russian Federation is behind the hack, Clinton’s assertion that it was done to support Trump was just a hunch.
In the leaked footage that came to light on Friday (October 7) courtesy The Washington Post, Trump was overheard telling Access Hollywood host, Billy Bush, “I moved on her, and I failed. I am not proud of it, and I apologize”.
“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her“, Trump said after seeing Zucker.
One former National Basketball Association player, John Amaechi, was particularly critical of Trump’s words this week, describing what he thought would happen within a locker room if someone spoke candidly about sexual violence (Trump bragged in the video about being able to get away with groping women because of his celebrity status).
I am fairly certain that hearing the vulgar words Trump spoke over a decade ago will compel many more women to vote against him next month.
The Democratic nominee, however, did not address Trump’s claims about her husband.
Sasha Stone, an entertainment journalist, told of being forced to perform oral sex on a man “after he offered me a ride home and then threatened me”. Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it. Whoever you going for, whoever you’re with or not with, this is a completely different campaign. There’s not that type of talk in anyone’s locker room. “And when you’re a star they let you do it”. However, Trump explains in the video that the married woman did not desire nor consent to his advances.
“Trump says ‘just words, folks.’ It’s his accusation and his defence”. He was just nice, good company, and someone I was enjoying getting to know. The Trump tape has opened up an opportunity for all of us to discuss the realities of prejudice against women with those we love.
Trump also bragged in the moments after the first debate and days afterward that he had decided not to bring up Bill Clinton’ infidelities, even as he did so. I had heard about it, but imagined it would just be some over-the-top typical blabbering by this character running for president. He added: “And I can tell you this, there’s nobody – nobody – that has more respect for women than I do”.
Whatever the forum, whatever their experience, one thing is for sure: A presidential candidate’s boastful description of manhandling women’s bodies has become a national conversation about sexual assault.
When men fail to challenge other men on troubling things they say about and do to women, we contribute to cultures that excuse sexual harassment, assault and other forms of gender violence. But it takes men like me to hold our friends accountable for things they say and do to objectify women.