If I’ve been too subtle in the past I’d like to officially go on record that I 100% believe Donald Trump cannot and should not be our next president. Not only is he skipping so many steps in becoming president (hey, try to get elected governor first at least) along with the fact that he has no clue how the hell government works (other than how to get away with not paying your fair share in taxes), the man is simply not acceptable to be the figure-head of our country. He cannot be the image that we put forth as the United States of America. He is vile. He is that creeper in college who was always an extra close talker and conveniently could never walk next to you without “accidentally” groping some part of your body. “Damn, girl, chill out. I was just walking by.” Similar to: “I’m sorry if anyone was offended.” We all know that guy. No apology for their actual actions, just sorry for you because you didn’t find the humor in sexual harassment (you uptight bitch, you). He is the grandfather of all the Brock Turners in the world. The guys who scathe through life objectifying women and feeling entitled to anyone in the room no matter how that person feels about it. He is not the person we should be hoping becomes president for the sake of our children or our grandchildren or our mothers or sisters or neighbors or even our brothers and ourselves. To excuse his ongoing behavior as normal is not only dangerous and insulting to women, it should be seen as a massive slap in the face to men. There’s “locker room banter” and then there’s revealing that you walk up to women and grab them right in the “pussy” (his term, not mine). Not all men go around bragging about sexual assault. And not all men are completely oblivious to what sexual assault actually is. But with Trump put as president, which is a position that serves as a role model to children all across the world, how can we be so surprised if more and more of this behavior is excused? And I understand that a lot of people support Trump simply because he is not Hillary. They would rather hold on to the mistakes made by Hillary than make Trump take on any responsibility for his ongoing lifestyle that has always put his own needs above anyone else’s. There is a difference between a person who has made mistakes, met consequences for those mistakes, addressed the american people for those mistakes, apologized and gave a plan of how they can do better and a person who consistently berates and puts down anyone that is not just like them and have the closest thing to an apology out of their mouth be “I’m sorry if anyone was offended.” Give me a break.
I have attempted a few drafts where I try to reason with Trump supporters’ logic and why they are still, after everything that is known about him, planning on voting for Trump. But there is no way of truly understanding that because I care about others and I care about what’s represented by our country. Our brains must be wired differently. No one is perfect, I’ll give you that. But when you have a lifestyle of taking advantage of vulnerable people, a history of degrading women, a history of multiple bankruptcies, an ongoing history of not paying taxes, a history of cheating on wives, and a known reputation for arrogance and bullying and having a hot temper and acting on impulse–how can you stand behind that and truly believe this is what our country needs? Speaking in politically correct terms is just simply thinking before you speak. It’s not a flaw to think of others before you open your mouth, especially when you’re speaking to the entire country. And maybe even to the entire world. (One made up by diversity.) If you like him because you feel he “tells it like it is,” then we have different views of how the world is and that’s still not a good enough reason to vote him as our president. And Trump likes to always shift the attention of his indiscretions to that of former president Bill Clinton (which I’m sure will come up in Sunday night’s debate while we, yet again, stray from talking about the actual important matters at hand), Bill Clinton was impeached for his behavior. Does Mr. Trump think his behavior is excused because a past president who was impeached for acting similar did it too? And do we really believe that because he constantly says things alluding to that, that once he’s in the white house he will actually become a better man? He will be a stand up guy? Hillary will not take your guns. Just calm down on that. She will not leave you “unprotected” in your home while all the bad guys come and rob you and possibly kill you. That commercial funded by the NRA is such bullshit. Now she may make it harder for you to own a gun if you’re convicted of a felony and/or on the terrorist watch list. Sorry, folks, but if those two things effect you when it comes to gun ownership then I really don’t care what your stance is on common sense gun laws. So what is it? Do you really want to get a guy in the white house who will undoubtedly be impeached so that Pence can ride out the four years?
This audio tape that was just released–did you really need to hear a recording of that to know this is who you have representing you? He is not anyone I would want representing any sort of free world. And while I’m totally disgusted in all that is Donald Trump, the huge problem lies in all those who excuse his behavior and do not believe his words and actions do really matter. I mean he wants to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it while also refusing access to Syrian refugees–screw the rest! And the people who excuse his behavior do not do it silently but they try to put the blame on the women he has victimized. “So what he called a woman fat! She ballooned up to ‘170’ and had sex under the sheets on a reality show. What a despicable whore!” “So what he ‘pinned her against the wall and started kissing her’ she still took the job, didn’t she” Victim blaming at its finest. I have to think that the men, and unfortunately the women, who have defended him like this are also the ones who ask what the girl was wearing, how much did she drink, and was she flirting after she comes forward about being raped or sexually assaulted. It’s not the man’s fault for being a chauvinist, it’s the women’s fault for looking a certain way/walking a certain way/smiling or not smiling a certain way. Yes, yes. Sign me up for more of that please. Let me figure out a way to explain this to our children. Let me figure out a way to explain this to myself.
And I completely understand that people feel just as strongly about Hillary Clinton not becoming president. I may not agree but you’re entitled to your opinion. But just because you don’t want her does not mean that you have to support him. Vote third-party, if you must. Let’s deny climate change like we deny Trump is unqualified to be president. Or demand he drop out of the race. It’s really the only chance you have. I dont agree with Mike Pence on policies, but I do belive that four years of him will do this country a lot better than four years of Trump.
We have another debate tomorrow where Trump will be in damage control and will start trying to tear apart Hillary. She will not break. Women have been able to handle belittling and harassment and verbal attacks much longer and with much more grace than a rich, white, privileged man.