I started writing this blog in January of 2010 in response to the choice of Sarah Palin as McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate. It was clear that his primary reason for picking her was her appearance. Because she was neither a competent professional or a dedicated mother, it seemed necessary to speak out to ensure that there was no mistake. She did not represent women. McCain could have chosen a competent woman for the job, but he did NOT. Some women objected to the pick of Palin. The Palin pick was demeaning to women. Her stupidty and ignorance was not representative of the best in women…or even the average woman. Sarah Palin was an embarassment.
Now that Trump is President the assault against, and the ridicule of women continues. Donald Trump’s true attitude about women was revealed in the audio tape released before the election.
But that was only the beginning. He disparaged Carly Fiorina because of her appearance, rather than her politics or qualifications.
Trump clearly demeans even beautiful, competent women because of their gender.
His attack of Mika Brezinski was unforgivable. It was an attack on a woman’s appearance once again, and of course his derrogatory remarks…once again…related to a woman bleeding.
Twenty women have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault.
Trump may be the most anti-women US president ever. Women are energized. No longer are women willing to remain silent in the face of abuse. Women are running for office in their home states, claiming November will yield a sea change with more females running for office, leading campaigns and getting out to vote.
Just as the tea party and Black Lives Matter became forces in the 2010 and 2016 elections, the “Me Too” women said they want their movement to spell trouble for the powerful and corrupt male lawmakers. “We have to keep calling attention to this. We have a sexual predator in the White House and that’s not ok,” said Rachel Crooks, a candidate for Ohio’s House, who has accused President Donald Trump of kissing her without her consent in 2006 while she worked in Trump Tower.
Women have been assaulted and demoralized since the beginning of time. Not much is better for women with Donald Trump as our President. 81 percent of women have reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime. Over one-quarter of women (27 percent) have reported that they have survived sexual assault. Over three-quarters of women (77 percent) have experienced verbal sexual harassment. Over half of women (51 percent) have been sexually touched in an unwelcome way. More than one-third of women (34 percent) have been physically followed by someone else, and close to the same share of women (30 percent) have faced unwanted genital flashing.
In my life of 60 years, I too have experienced similar misconduct. A man flashed me as I walked to my car after work in Downtown Dallas. When I called the police, the officer who responded indicated he knew who the man was, that he was a serial offender, and I shouldn’t worry because he’d done this repeatedly and no harm came to the women he flashed. At the Smithsonian Museum a man followed me and touched me inappropriately. When I began practicng law in Dallas, a State District Judge kissed me every time I came into his court room. He called me weekly at my office and asked for some of my “tender loving nursing care.” A client of my law firm indicated that he didn’t want a “girl” working on his case. Certainly my personal experience was consistent with the common experiences of other women.
Trump has not only committed outrageous acts against women, he has defended other men who assaulted women. In July 2016, Trump defended Roger Ailes after 25 women came forward saying Ailes had sexually harassed them. Trump suggested the female victims were being ungrateful, saying “I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them.”
Trump defended his former aide Rob Porter after news broke of allegations that Porter had been physically abusive to his two ex-wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby.
Now that Trump is a Defendant in a law suit that may ultimately determine the outcome of his presidency, Trump ironically faces a female judge, appointed by Obama. Her name is Beryl Howell. She has already ruled that Mueller’s appointment was appropriate. Her “robust analysis” guts a potential avenue for Trump’s defense team at a critical time, as the President calls for the probe to end, his lawyers continue to negotiate over the scope of an interview, and speculation mounts about whether Mueller will ultimately serve Trump with a subpoena to testify.