In the most recent episode of America’s new reality TV series (otherwise known as the general election), the terrifying Donald Trump painted himself as a man of many feminist insults. On Twitter and during the debates, this so-called presidential man claimed that his democratic counterpart lacks “strength and stamina” and accused her of playing the “woman card” too frequently.
Late in the primary debates, when both Trump and Clinton were gaining momentum, he declared that “if Hilary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5 percent of the vote.”
As we know too well, his sexism does not stop there. Whenever Trump encounters conflict with a woman, his first reaction is to insult her appearance. He claimed that Carly Fiorina would lose the election because of her face, called former Miss Universe winner “Ms. Piggy,” condoned radio host Howard Stern calling his daughter, Ivanka Trump, a “piece of ass,” and, when journalist Megyn Kelly critiqued his sexist comments, he resorted to calling her a “bimbo” on Twitter.
Additionally, in a recently publicized video from 2005, Trump openly glorifies and condones non-consensual sexual interactions.
“Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything,” he boasts.
Though Trump is absolutely lacking in moral righteousness, his revolting language is encouraging the people of this country to confront and discuss their major social differences. Because his comments have been so horrifically offensive and inexcusable, Americans who may not consider themselves politically involved have been posting, tweeting, writing, and speaking in support of citizens who are homosexual, Muslim, Hispanic, Black, disabled, or part of any other Trump-hated minority group—I’d need a longer article to mention them all.
In the past few weeks, unlikely public figures have spoken out in support of feminism and against Trump’s horrible, sexist mentality.
Many Americans forget that women like Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey are considered feminists; the word “feminist” conjures up images of a hairy, braless girl shouting relentlessly about the inferiority of men. However, feminism is and always has been so much more than that. The establishment-loathing feminism of the sixties is fundamentally different from the suffrage-seeking feminism of the twenties and the equality-demanding feminism that is gaining momentum today.
With the help of Trump, it is not just liberal women in power who are aiding the growth of the feminist movement, but conservative, male public figures as well. In response to the leaked video, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “These comments are repugnant and unacceptable in any circumstance.”
Congressman Bradley Byrne of Alabama went as far as to say that “it is now clear Donald Trump is not fit to be President of the United States.” Congressman Mark Kirk of Illinois and Congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado agreed. Many more Republicans have called for the write-in of Republican Vice President Candidate Mike Pence.
Senator Ted Cruz, a former Republican candidate and one who is not necessarily known for his work in equal rights activism, spoke out to say that “every wife, mother, daughter—every person—deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”
In the past, this call for equality has been a quiet one from the Republican Party, but today more and more Americans are beginning to discuss the true meaning of equality and how to achieve it. Whether Democrats or Republicans, citizens across the country are speaking out and suddenly becoming feminists.
Despite the intense polarization of our country on many controversial issues, our country’s leaders finally have something to agree on: every human being deserves equal respect. So thank you, Donald Trump, for being disgusting enough to inspire bipartisan feminism.