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Outraged Americans to Trump: ‘Real men don’t say these things’

Latest Trump scandal has some Republicans calling for their nominee to quit. Elsewhere, Americans debate sex assault and rape culture


 
Supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a rally February 19, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Trump is campaigning throughout South Carolina ahead of the state's primary.  (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Supporters wait for Donald Trump tFebruary 19, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — On a bus headed to the set of the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” in 2005, Donald Trump was secretly recorded saying he was drawn like a magnet to beautiful women. “I just start kissing them,” he boasted. “I don’t even wait.”

After the recording was released Friday, backlash didn’t wait, either. Critics across the political spectrum said the Republican presidential nominee’s comments crossed the line from vulgarity to assault and underscored a need to push back against misogyny and so-called rape culture.

“Someone with such disrespect for women, with such a misogynistic lifestyle who boasts about using his power to sexually assault women cannot — and will not — be the leader of this country,” said National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill.

On the tape, Trump brags about women letting him kiss and grab them because he is famous. “When you’re a star they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.” He adds seconds later, “Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”

Dozens of Republican officials called for their own presidential nominee to quit the race. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, tersely stated: “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”

Kelly Oxford, an author and social media personality, posted an account of an older man on a city bus grabbing her crotch and smiling at her. She asked other women to share their own harrowing assault stories, and thousands did, pushing #NotOK into a trending topic on Twitter.

Trump has provided plenty of fodder for the conversation. He has called a Miss Universe winner “Miss Piggy,” referring to actress Rosie O’Donnell as a “pig,” and speculated that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him tough questions because she was menstruating.

One sidebar of the debate centred on whether men really talked that way when they are not around women. “All men talk like this, get over it,” wrote someone with the Twitter handle @psychicempress. To which many replied: “No they don’t.”

Since that 2005 conversation, sexual violence against women and how society deals with it are more often discussed, in part because of the rise of social media. The issue was at the centre of an outcry over a six-month jail sentence for a former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman. Fox News chief Roger Ailes was recently ousted over charges of his mistreatment of women.

And sexual violence is the main issue surrounding charges that Bill Cosby, 79, drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby, who has faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct from various women, says his encounters with women were consensual.

In a statement, Trump initially called his remarks “locker room banter.”

Brandon Morrow, a pitcher with the San Diego Padres, tweeted that he’s been around locker room banter but Trump’s words were “a few of the most disgusting things I’ve heard a man say.”

Daniel Weingarten, a 24-year-old Los Angeles-based actor and writer, posted a video in which he shot down the notion that men behind closed doors talk like Trump. “Real men don’t say these things. Real men don’t brag about sexual assault like it’s a badge of honour.”

Trump called the taped comments “a distraction from the issues we are facing today.” He said that his “foolish” words are much different than the words and actions of Bill Clinton, whom he accused of abusing women, and Hillary Clinton, whom he accused of having “bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”

Right-leaning radio host Laura Ingraham tried to defend Trump, saying that while “objectifying women with graphic language is appalling,” liberals have “little credibility on this issue.”

But Trump supporters were easily swamped by outraged Americans.

“As a human being, I am appalled by Trump’s words,” tweeted Matthew Carson of Tallahassee, Florida. “As a father of 4 boys, I pray I can raise them to be better than that.”

 


 

Outraged Americans to Trump: ‘Real men don’t say these things’

  1. Even if a person is dimwitted enough to give Trump another pass this time, there is no question that the incident proves – once again – that the “man” is simply stupid.

    He doesn’t know, or care, that the correct method of communication is (a) Think, and (b) Talk. Trump does it in reverse: (a) Talk, (b) Think. Bad idea for the “man” who would be president.

    He needs to have his stupid filter re-inserted into what passes for his brain.

  2. SOME men both say and do these things.

    It’s an attitude, and an act of dominance.

    It’s also sexual assault.

  3. The self-righteous hypocrisy of the political left is astounding to any fair-minded individual.
    The response to Trump’s WORDS is wildly disproportionate when compared to the ACTIONS of Bill Clinton.
    Furthermore Clinton committed his acts while serving as a Governor and President. Trump made his statements as a private citizen.
    Somehow in this twisted world we inhabit, the crude words of a Republican (which, incidentally were spoken while he was a Democrat) are more offensive than the disgusting behavior (including alleged rape) of a Democrat President of America.
    The outrageous sexual behaviors of former Leftist Presidents of France and Italy while in Office including open sexual orgies and drunken and drug- related group sex is proudly accepted without batting an eyelash!
    Talk about double standards and hypocrisy!

  4. What I can’t buy into is the fact the republicans didn’t know this before now. Donald Trump is not the one we should be weary about, but Republicans in general.

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