Unless you’ve been living under a particularly resilient and well-insulated rock for the past few days, you will undoubtedly have been following Donald Trump’s further descent into the cesspool of his own creation. I won’t bore you by going over the details that you’ve been bombarded with ad nauseam, but I’ll summarize the key points.
When Donald Trump was on Access Hollywood in 2005, a hot mic recorded him saying lewd comments about women. The following are the most damning excepts:
“Unidentified voice: She used to be great. She’s still very beautiful.
Trump: I moved on her actually. You know she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her. She was married.
Unidentified voice: That’s huge news there.
Trump: No, no. Nancy. No this was— And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’ I took her out furniture– I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
“Trump: Yeah, that’s her, with the gold. I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. I just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
Unidentified voice: Whatever you want.
Trump: Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” (Transcript courtesy of The Los Angeles Times)
When the news was broken on Saturday, several prominent Republican politicians jumped the sinking ship and denounced Trump once and for all. Paul Ryan rescinded Trump’s presence at a rally, which would have been the first major event they appeared at together. Trump issued an “apology” to try to put out the wildfire, which is summarized by this excerpt: “Let’s be honest: We’re living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we’re facing today. We are losing our jobs, we’re less safe than we were eight years ago, and Washington is totally broken.” He then went on to bash both Hillary and Bill Clinton, once again bringing up Bill’s infidelity, even though he’s not the person currently running for office.
I would like a respond directly to Mr. Trump (though I’m not quite sure he has gained the ability to read and comprehend):
I have watched your campaign from the beginning. Being a philosophical creature, I have tried to reserve and control my emotional arguments and focus on the platform which led to the burgeoning of your brand.
You might not know this, but I once supported you in 2012. I’m not afraid to admit it, as I was still learning to believe in objectivity and reason. I was inspired by your zeal and passion, yet I didn’t yet know at the time the depth of your moral collapse.
And now, here we are in 2016 and you have once and for all proved that you are unfit to hold public office in any way, shape, or form. Over the months that you’ve been campaigning, more and more material has been released that showcases the contempt you have for every living being that isn’t a white man of privilege.
When I was growing up, my parents didn’t push gender roles to the forefront. They are both traditional, but they also believed that every creature on this earth should be treated equally. Black or white, man or woman, gay or straight – we all have the same capacity to love, to heal, and to build our lives.
The fact that you could say that if you’re “automatically attracted” to beautiful women and that gives you the right to “just start kissing them” and brag about the fact that you “don’t even wait” means that you are a dyed-in-the-wool rapist. Just because you’re attracted to someone, it doesn’t give you automatic clearance to grope and objectify them. An individual is in charge of their own body until they give you permission to enter their personal space.
It was once said that you always judge a person by what they say in private because that’s truly how a person thinks when they’re not being watched. You knew this conversation wasn’t being taped and you said these awful things without hesitation or remorse.
You ask us not to judge you based on comments made eleven years ago, but you were still a grown man when you said them. You were not a teenager going through puberty, unable to get a hold of the bubbling emotion growing inside. You were a 59-year-old man, courting your future wife, and telling a television host that women are nothing but sexual dolls for your pleasure.
In a way, I’m glad that this may be the moment your campaign fails, because it is this one of the key issues facing out nation. What kind of role model would you be for young men, teaching them that if you’re attracted to a woman that she’s automatically open for shop. You’d be breeding a country of future rapists who feel justified in their act because their president condones it.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You will never be my president, Mr. Trump. I implore you to listen to the people within your party and pull the plug before you create an evil that can’t be stopped.
As a lover of humanity and every living being, I ask you to suspend your campaign and discover what it means to truly love your fellow man. A true president is rational, compassionate, and intelligent and you, kind sir, are none of those.
Either way, I’ll “See you at the debate on Sunday.”
Steven Krage, proud human being
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