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Meher Hans and Meera Rothman

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This was Republican nominee Donald Trump’s response to Jessica Leed’s accusation of sexual assault:
“She would not be my first choice.”
Even if Trump didn’t assault Leed or the 14 other women who have come forward with reports of assault, his response says enough about how he sees women.
“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” he repeatedly claims. He’s right, he does respect women – as entertainment, objects for his own viewing and sexual pleasure.
Supporters acknowledge Trump’s wrongdoings yet still support him. They claim his comments have no bearing on his ability to lead. Their thinking goes like this:
“Trump is caught on tape bragging about his sexual conquests? Well, those are just words. Trump threatens to put Clinton in jail? That was just a quip, he got caught up in the debate. Trump says Clinton can’t satisfy America because she can’t satisfy her husband? I mean, it was just a tweet.”
But Trump’s words translate directly to his actions. Where Trump has had the opportunity and power to turn his words into actions, he has.
Trump has made countless comments assessing the beauty of women, calling some “beautiful pieces of a**” and others “Miss Piggy.” He has directly acted on these words through the Miss Universe pageants he sponsors. Trump has reportedly broken into girls’ dressing rooms, forcibly kissed women and also expelled women from pageants when he didn’t find them attractive.
Responding to the issue of sexual assault in the military, Trump argued that sexual assault is inevitable when we “put men and women together.” We live in a society, a world, in which men and women live and work together. By acting on his words and possibly assaulting women, Trump makes his stance on rape clear: acceptance.
For Trump defectors, there is a tipping point, a line in the sand. A point where after months of support they turn their backs on Trump, realizing that he will act on the ridiculous words he speaks if given enough power. For Senator John McCain that was Oct. 8 after the 2005 Access Hollywood tape was leaked. But if Trump is elected, for many Americans that tipping point will come too late.
Many won’t vote for Trump because they’re girls, because they have a daughters, because they have a wife. Rather, we, as Americans, shouldn’t vote for Trump because we have a basic sense of morality. We know that Trump’s views towards women are only symptoms of a sickeningly misguided world-view that motivates him to perceive nearly every group and every person as inferior to him.
Trump has an insatiable hunger for power. Power over businesses — yes — but mainly power over people.
“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said in the 2005 leaked tape.
You can “just start kissing them.” You can “move on her like a b!%*h.” You can “try and [email protected] her.”
Donald Trump is applying for the position of most powerful person on this planet: the leader of the free world.
What will he do with this power?
Anything.

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