Guess what? Donald Trump is a pig but this isn't surprising
by Rachel Poe
Features and Lists Co-Editor
When I originally started writing this, I was going to compare Donald Trump to this kid who was in my biology class in 10th grade that would try to cheat off my labs and, when I called him out on it, told me to go make him a sandwich and that women only belonged in the kitchen. Back then I was disgusted that some boy thought that he was better than me even though I was clearly the more competent one in this situation. It was frustrating but luckily I had enough self-respect that I didn’t let it get to me, nor did I let him get away with it. I told him off then promptly ignored him for the rest of the year. (I’m pretty sure that he ended up failing the class and getting expelled so joke’s on him anyways.)
But Trump has surpassed the level of a high school bully. Since the primaries, Donald Trump has been spewing hate-speech without consequence; one could even argue that it’s what gave him an edge since he severely lacked any hard policy ideas. He’s been insulting Mexicans, Muslims, and African-Americans since the he announced his candidacy for president, but for the purpose of this article, I’m going to be focusing on Trump’s vulgar remarks towards women. I just want to make it perfectly clear that I believe that all of Trump’s derogatory remarks should disqualify him from the presidency but in light of Trump’s recent bullshit, I’m going to be focusing on just this special brand of Trump stupidity.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, a video of Trump from 2005 was leaked on Friday of him and Billy Bush- yes, a relative of Jeb!- degrading women. A short summary is that Trump believed that he could make moves on women, despite those women being married, because he was a star. Trump believed that he could just “grab ‘em in the pussy” because he could “do anything.” Yup, that man could be one of the most powerful people in the world in less than a month.
Trump’s disgusting language aside, the kind of mentality that goes along with it is too problematic to ignore. It’s violent and selfish, completely disregarding the fact that 1) Trump was married himself at this time and Melania was pregnant with their son Barron and 2) these women could, you know, not be interested in his advances. I know that it’s too much to ask for Trump’s tiny brain- to match his tiny hands- to wrap around the idea that a woman could be uninterested but really, who would be okay with being groped by a giant Cheeto?
Clearly, this isn’t Trump’s first time taking heat for his comments about women. He continuously calls Rosie O'Donnell a pig and let’s not forget his response to Megyn Kelly when she called him out about it during one of the Republican primary debates. Trump alluded to Kelly’s menstrual cycle with “blood was coming out of her ears, coming out of her wherever” because claiming a reporter is on her period because she called you out on your bullshit is the mature, presidential way to handle it. It also just came to light that Trump called 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” referring to Alicia’s slight weight gain after the competition and her Latina background. Then, because he’s just a dick, he “invited” a bunch of reporters to watch and put her weight under a microscope. Oh yeah, and then called most of the reporters overweight too.
But the icing on the cake would definitely have to be Trump’s comments about his own daughter: “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her” which is just- ew. He also, when asked about what his one year old daughter Tiffany had of mom and dad's, only talked about her legs and that they would have to see if she would have her mother's breasts. A one year old child, his one year old child. I shouldn't have to tell you that's not normal.
Trump is a slimy, narcissistic, misogynist pig whose disrespectful comments about women have been consistent since the 1990’s. This is more than an issue of Trump just saying mean things. If Trump has no respect for the people he could potentially lead, then how can we trust him to protect us, to not treat us like second class citizens? I personally cannot respect someone who lacks any sort of common human decency. To Trump, women are nothing more than their looks and that he is fully justified in exploiting and objectifying them because of his celebrity status.
Trump has since attempted apologize for the incident saying that he “not a perfect person” before spinning the whole thing into a slam on Hillary and Bill Clinton. As if he couldn’t get more disingenuous, Trump was clearly reading off a teleprompter during his “apology,” breaking his usually candid behavior. Whether this was an attempt to seem more presidential or a decision made by his campaign so he didn’t say anymore more stupid shit is unclear, but nevertheless, Trump has never seemed less sincere. If he really felt bad for his actions, he would have owned up to his bullshit without attacking his opponent.
Trump’s campaign has been taking blow after blow since the beginning of October and now seems to be scrambling. Trump is now trying to drag Bill Clinton through the mud by bringing three of his alleged assault victims to the debate on Sunday. Sorry, Donald, but last time I checked, Hillary was your opponent not Bill. Sexually assaulted women shouldn’t be used as props in one man’s war against another. That’s low, even for you Donald.
So fuck you, Donald Trump. Your wife and the roughly 157 million other women in the United States deserve better.