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Column: A vote for Trump is a vote for misogyny

Jessica Cabe

The Republican National Convention started Monday, so it’s an appropriate time to for a reminder of who the Republican Party nominated for the highest office in the free world.

There have been plenty of think pieces on Donald Trump from liberals (or just reasonable human beings) about all the ways in which he’s a horrible choice for a presidential candidate. And his dedicated supporters decry these articles, claiming Trump may not be perfect, but “he speaks his mind, doggone it!”

Trump supporters, you’re not wrong. He sure does speak his mind. And there’s nothing I can say about him that he couldn’t say better himself. As a female (and a feminist), his remarks about women are some of his most offensive. Take it away, Donald.

“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] writes as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

“A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10.”

“My favorite part [of ‘Pulp Fiction’] is when Sam has his gun out in the diner and tells the guy to tell his girlfriend to shut up. Tell that bitch to be cool. Say: ‘Bitch, be cool.’ I love those lines.”

“It’s certainly not groundbreaking news that the early victories by the women on ‘The Apprentice’ were, to a very large extent, dependent on their sex appeal.”

“You wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful.”

“I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m going to be walking the kids down Central Park.”

“I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

“Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

“If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?”

“You have to treat ‘em like sh–.”

I could go on. In fact, I could fill the entire space allotted for this column with sexist direct quotes from Donald Trump. A quick Google search will bring up video clips and lists of his most appalling statements about women, including one video in which he admits that only time will tell if his newborn daughter will have big breasts like her mother.

Perhaps the most upsetting part of all of this is the willingness of Trump’s supporters to write off statements like these as if they don’t matter. They applaud him for speaking his mind even as they say they don’t agree with what he’s saying (personally, I rarely believe that second part).

The fact that Americans can’t see the damage that would be done by a misogynist like Donald Trump becoming president is mind-blowing to me. Never mind that he’s actually a terrible businessman who would have gotten nowhere without the fat check his daddy handed him when he started out, and never mind that he has no experience with or understanding of foreign or domestic policy, and never mind that he called Mexican immigrants rapists (fun fact: 2 percent of arrests of immigrants are for sex offenses, and you’re much more likely to be raped by a white, born-in-the-U.S.A. male) and called to ban an entire religion (that’s definitely what the Statue of Liberty says, right?). Never mind all of those things for a minute, and tell me you’re OK looking your sister, your mother, your daughter, or even yourself (I’m looking at you, ladies) in the eye and saying, “I’m going to vote for a man who once said I should treat women like sh–.”

“I’m going to vote for a man who consistently perpetuates the idea that a woman’s worth is in her appearance and her appearance alone.”

“I’m going to vote for a man who sees my sister, my mother, my daughter, myself as less because of sex and gender.”

Donald Trump should be ashamed of himself, but what about those Americans who allowed Trump — rooted for him — to get to where he is now? They should feel the greatest shame of all.

Jessica Cabe is a former Post Independent arts and entertainment editor. Her column appears on the third Thursday of each month.


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