GRAB EM BY THE PUSSY

The politically correct say that Donald Trump is “disrespectful to women”, and the moral decency people say “think about the daughters” in response to Trump’s 2005 comment where he says he tried to fuck a married woman, and that he takes tic tacs in case he just starts kissing women he approaches, that he doesn’t even wait, that women let him do anything, even grab them by the pussy.

Of course, Trump supporters would love for that to be the main narrative, because that just portrays Donald Trump as a raging, politically incorrect guy just having a bit of a banter with Billy Bush, and that the only people complaining are either crazy feminists or moral decency twats who are offended and want to police speech.

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Now let’s be clear: it’s okay to talk shit. I can say “I’m such a good pilot I do full flights in twin engine planes on one engine” even though doing so would be pretty much highly dangerous and illegal, but just because I say it doesn’t mean I actually do it, and its ok to say you do illegal and dangerous things as long as you’re making it up.

And if you look at the incident from face value, it certainly seems that way: Donald Trump was in some tour bus talking shit with Billy Bush, and he makes up vulgar and outlandish claims about his interactions with women just for fun in what was supposed to be a private conversation. Nothing wrong with that. So anyone crying about Trump saying “pussy” needs to just get over it, it’s just speech, right?

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Wrong (maybe), because more information has surfaced: Donald Trump allegedly forced-kissed CNN host Erin Burnett’s friend in 2010 after taking a Tic Tac. Ok you say, but the allegations were made recently, they could be made up – fair enough, but wait- there’s more:

In an April 2005 Howard Stern show, Trump admitted to going backstage in a Miss Universe/USA show and “inspecting” the contestants who were changing, and several 1997 Miss Teen USA contestants also recall Trump entering the dressing room – and that was when some contestants as young as 15 were changing – allegedly.

Ok, but that’s all talk. Miss Teen USA contestants were interviewed just recently and could have made up their changing room Trump sightings, while again Trump may have been just talking shit in the April 2005 show -and even if he did, the contestants in adult Miss USA were all adults and you could argue they knew what they were signing up for, surely there must have been fine print allowing Trump to watch them change.

Here’s something a bit different: in 1997, Trump’s former business associate Jill Harth sued Trump, with allegation details of attempted rape and unwanted groping (grab em by the pussy anyone?), among other less criminal but equally disgusting behaviors. The case was withdrawn voluntarily after Trump settled with Harth’s husband’s company in a breach of contract dispute.

Again, none of these allegations are definitive or proven, and we don’t know the facts, but it does raise questions about whether Donald Trump is a rapist, which is a fair question when Donald Trump accused Bill Clinton of being a rapist just in the last debate.

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Trump’s words himself show that he doesn’t have the most respectful view of women. While it should give every woman and every person who cares about the women in their lives great pause before voting for him, it is not disqualifying.

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Trump’s infidelity on its own is a non issue that is only a concern for moralists, adultery is just not a big deal and has very little to do with whether he would make a better commander in chief. Bill Clinton left the country with a surplus, and he adultried all over the place.

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Trump saying he sexually assaults women is not inherently incriminating or wrong, just as if you say you “kill cops” that doesn’t mean you should go to jail as long as it isn’t a threat, but the fact he says it himself in an unironic context can be somewhat incriminating when there are stories and accusations from the same era that corroborate his claims in the unreleased Hollywood Access recording.

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So here’s the bottom line: Complaining about Trump saying mean things is silly, but Trump supporters need to recognize that concerns about Trump being a rapist are as genuine as Trump’s concerns about Clinton being a rapist, and to be consistent, they cannot simply dismiss Trump rape accusations while touting Bill’s, especially when the rape accusations are highly plausible given Trump’s public behavior towards women.

Its also sad that this appears to be the incident that causes some republicans to change sides – the same republicans who stood by Trump as he said he was going to ban muslims do religious tests (“extreme vetting” – which btw if we actually vet people by crazy beliefs instead of just “are you muslim”, the Christian fundamentalists would all fail in addition to Muslims.). I say if you were on board with torture and killing the families of ISIS, as well as mass deregulation, you need to set your priorities straight because violating religious freedom, committing war crimes and destroying the planet are infinitely worse than “muh mothers and daughters and wives”.

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