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Women for Trump: How Do You Do It?

Donald Trump, the man (of Teflon), the myth (of nightmares), and the legend (of extremists), has finally had his misogynistic come back to haunt him. The most recent punch from the Clinton campaign has Trump struggling in the polls and the American public up in arms. Last Friday, October 8, the audio recording of a conversation between the republican presidential nominee, and talk show host Billy Bush was released to the public. In the recordings, Trump admits to sexually assaulting women. He says, “Grab them by the p-----. You can do anything.” This statement eliminates any opportunity for consent, which is the single most important part of any sexual relationship or encounter. Trump’s actions display a blatant disregard for women, implying that consent is unnecessary. Despite reprehensible actions and an unflattering toupee to boot, Donald Trump maintains a strong female following...

You needn’t look far to find evidence of Trump’s misogyny. It has been a headline in every news cycle since the candidates first embarked on the campaign trail, and Trump’s crude comments were caught on camera long before last week. In a 1994 interview with Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Trump was asked what qualities of his former wife, Marla Maples, he saw in their then-one-year-old daughter, Tiffany. He did not remark on her sense of humor, charm, or energy. Rather he said, “Well she’s a really beautiful baby, and she’s got Marla’s legs. We don’t know whether she’s got this part yet (gestures to his chest), but time will tell.”

Years later, during an interview with Howard Stern, Trump was asked if he treats women with respect. He responded, “Uh, I can’t say that.” In a later conversation with Stern, Trump did not object to Stern calling his daughter, Ivanka, a “piece of a--.”

More recently, Trump has directed many of his degrading comments toward his fierce female challengers. In an interview with CNN following the Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News, Trump said, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” referring to Megyn Kelly. Instead of answering her hard-hitting questions with the competence and grace of a leader, Trump attributed Kelly’s “ridiculous questions” to her menstrual cycle. The laundry list of evidence does not stop there. Carly Fiorina (a former political competitor to Trump) and Alicia Machado (winner of Miss Universe) have also been subjected Trump's crude comments.

To the women who are still voting for Trump, I ask one question. How? How can you vote for a man who admits to sexually assaulting females and then writes it off as “locker room talk”? How do you vote for a man that regards his sexual assault allegations as “nothing more than a distraction from the important issues”? How do you vote for a man who reduces women to weight, age, and physique? Open your eyes and ears. Do not let another news cycle pass before you alter your allegiance.

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