Usually political ads are the same shit tied up with a different bow. One candidate attacks another, usually about something financial or moral, and hammers on it until you start to feel for the poor sucker who’s getting ripped a new one.
As I watched Hillary Clinton’s new ad highlighting Mr. Trump’s entangled relationship with the female race, I felt something I have never felt during a political ad: enraged.
Never, and I mean never, has there been a presidential candidate as misogynistic as Donald Trump. But, to quote Phyllis from Stephen Sondheim’s musical Follies, “didn’t you know, love?” Of course, I’ve seen the treatises in black and white containing Trump’s vitriolic and vile comments about the feminine gender, but seeing them presented in this stark a manner is shocking.
I won’t even attempt to try and summarize the ad, I shall simply let you watch it before we continue:
There are no hints of political malice, lies, or slander in this ad. It juxtaposes the words of the man versus the people that his message will reach.
Young people, regardless of sex, race, or gender, look up to authority figures to discover themselves. A child will look to celebrities, authors, and, yes, politicians, to formulate a persona. They will see these people as role models, someone to look up to and emulate.
What should a young girl, then, think about Trump’s words? To hear the female body described with such disdain is sickening, yet his statements can’t be refuted. The words aren’t floating around in a void; you hear his own voice saying them.
You can learn a lot about a man by the offhanded comments he makes. Speeches are filled with fluff, are vetted (though in Trump’s case, this is debatable), and come out tasting like manufactured American Cheese. Yet, what a person says off the top of their heads is often their true self manifested in language.
Trump has willfully and maliciously slandered women, to the point where he says (at the end of the ad) that he doesn’t respect women. There’s no filler in that statement. He was asked whether he respects women and he denied that he does. What more can be said?
Though Trump is a male, if he were to be president, his words would affect the entirety of those under him. To have a man in the oval office who doesn’t respect women is like trying to be taught by a teacher that hates children.
How do we respond is the pressing question here. Ayn Rand, in her book For the New Intellectual, says that “evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us.” In layman’s terms: evil is nothing unless we allow it to destroy us.
Trump is a cancer that has been slowly growing for months, with a starry-eyed populace too caught up in the carnival to blast it with radiation. Trump is a brand, one that has proved useful in this election cycle, and has allowed non-political beings to support him for the sole reason that they know his name.
I remember watching a cheesy TV cartoon special called The Great Bear Scare. A bear has to find his way through a mountain full of monsters, and the lesson he learns is that if he stops feeding them with fear, the monsters will simply disappear! (If you’d like to watch the cartoon, and I wholeheartedly hope you will, it’s available on YouTube.)
I suggest that, for the sake of women everywhere, we stop paying attention to this lunatic and focus on finishing him off, once and for all. Get out there and vote, telling him that, though there may be some gullible people out there, true Americans are not misogynistic, amoral playboys who go through women like tissues and objectify those they should love.
Whether you’re a man, woman, or any shade in-between, a vote for Trump is a vote for a return to The Dark Ages.
And this time, we have more to fear than The Bubonic Plague.
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