Guest Post: An Endorsement of Donald Trump Is An Endorsement of Rape Culture

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A vote for Donald Trump is an endorsement of rape and all other forms of sexual harassment. Make excuses all you like, but it’s the truth. Granted, there are usually a host of issues that any given candidate has a stance on, but Mr. Trump’s other policy ideas have been so vague, I think it’s fair to say that normalizing sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination are among his only solid positions. And the scariest part is that if he is elected, it will only get worse. “And when you’re a star they let you do it.” Imagine what he will think he can do if he is occupying one of the most famous and respected offices in the world.

Mr. Trump has apologized, surprisingly, promising to be a better man and insisting: “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am.” Here’s the thing, though: They do reflect who you are, Mr. Trump. There are countless other examples of comments like this being made over the years, even in this election cycle, so claiming that somehow these particular comments are not representative of the whole is inconsistent with reality and frankly, rather insulting. Not only that, but the fact that instead of apologizing, your initial response was to try to blow it off as simply being “locker-room banter” demonstrates that you don’t feel you should have to apologize for it. You are only apologizing now because you think that not doing so will hurt your campaign. You are not sorry. You think this type of thing is excusable and a joke, and it’s disgusting.

When you, people of the United States, step into the voting booth in November, remember that the president (along with other elected officials) is supposed to represent not only your political views, but also the United States as a nation. When the rest of the world looks at us, the president is who they see. When your son or daughter or mother or father thinks about the face of America, the president is who they see. Is this the way we see ourselves? As defenders of rape and propagators of hate? If you feel that way, then go ahead and vote for Mr. Trump. I’m not going to stop you, nor do I have any right to. Just remember that your vote has consequences.

Mr. Trump is not going to stop his puerile behavior just because he’s elected. He’ll keep saying these things and worse because so far, he’s discovered that no one will stop him or call him out on it. And every time he does, you will have to answer for it because you knowingly helped put this misogynistic, racist, homophobic, cruel person in office. But this is our chance to turn things around, to show Mr. Trump and everyone else who shares his beliefs that this is not who we are. Electing him will be a huge step back in the progress that we’ve made as a nation toward equality. Please don’t take it with him.

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Jordan Barrows

Hailing from Helena, Montana, Jordan Barrows is a senior at the University of Arizona studying Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology. When not working in the lab or attending classes, he enjoys hiking, bike rides, playing music, and teaching.

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Dave briar
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Dave briar

Excellent post Jordan! You nailed my friend.

Kelly McCarthy
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Kelly McCarthy

You might want to edit that 🙂

Pete Talbot
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One Trump line in the “apology” that caught my eye, “If if anyone was offended by my remarks … ” Gosh, how could anyone be offended by spouse cheating, p—y grabbing, sexual assault, remarks?

LK
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LK

Hmm. Wonder if Slinky the Barking Seal has one of them bracelets that say WWJGBTP. I hear it’s the latest fashion among the Tealiban Party.

Who Would Jesus Grope by the P*ssy?

I’m sure that Greg Ginaforte has one.

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/pat-robertson-its-macho-for-trump-to-grab-women-by-the-pssy-with

My country right or crazy! How did we get here?

Publius II
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Publius II

If T=rump became Cdr (Groper) in-chief, sexual abuse in the military – and corporate culture – would only get WORSE!

Pogo Possum
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Pogo Possum

Thank you for the post Jordon. Trumps remarks years ago are deplorable.

Now watch the attached two videos of the real life horrors these women experienced as they discuss the rapes and sexual harassment they experienced and the inexcusable attacks directed at them to keep them silent. You will have a better understanding of what rape culture really is. I look forward to your condemnation of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

You wouldn’t want to be accused of endorsing Rape Culture with your support of either Hillary or Bill.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/10/09/juanita_broaderick_recounts_story_of_bill_clinton_rape_hillarys_intimidation.html

William Skink
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Pogo, do you really expect anyone at this site to acknowledge Hillary’s role in perpetrating rape culture?

Bill
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Bill

Did Hillary perpetrate it? Debatable, but enable it? Yes Which is worse? Actions or word. Both are unacceptable.

LK
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LK

Yes, because Dems have always been anti-woman ever since I can recall. Oh wait. That was the PUBBIES! Come ON, Skinky. You really should know better, and I think you do. But you simply choose to go all Zinke on us. What the hell. You’re a young outta stater seal wannabee. And that’s just real sad. Get a few miles on you and then come back when you have a real argument. “You’re still young, that’s your fault, you have so much yet to go through”. Yes, Skinky, that’s your fault. You fault the wisdom and experience that comes with… Read more »

Bob Williams
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Bob Williams

William Skink you can do far better than ask a sure to backfire double barrel loaded question like that. Sure she intervened once and lashed out another time, but if you truly believe she is/has been perpetrating rape culture then make your time stamped case to whom you now see fit. This is a time for reality. This is not a zero-sum Presidential game. The Ryan plan to cut taxes and increase debt through misnamed “reconciliation” may well be brokered in a Republican controled House. And power brokered by Mitchell in the Senate. The present plan to pack the USA… Read more »

Pogo Possum
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Pogo Possum

You are right William, it was a futile attempt to try and get Jordan and folks that think his way to be honest about the issue of rape. To expand on Jordan’s comments, “An Endorsement of Hillary Clinton Is An Endorsement of Rape Culture.” I am now waiting for Governor Bullock to retract his support of both Hillary and Bill Clinton.

Jordan
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Jordan

Hi Pogo Possum. If I’m understanding your comments correctly, you feel that it was wrong for me to condemn Donald Trump’s misogynistic words and actions and exclude Bill and Hillary Clinton from the same treatment. You’ve requested, albeit not in a futile manner, that I and others be honest about the issue of rape. In response, I would like to give a brief explanation for why I wrote about Mr. Trump but did not see fit to include the Clintons. First of all, my goal was to comment on Mr. Trump’s actions and what supporting him means. As I mentioned,… Read more »

Turner
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Turner

Is an endorsement of Hillary an endorsement of war culture?

William Skink
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William Skink

of course it is, but don’t expect this partisan post to even begin to reconcile domestic wedge politics with the exploitation of vulnerable populations in places like Libya, where extremists dictate the reality on the ground.

Don Pogreba
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Don Pogreba

You may very well be right, given your level of sophistication, one that dwarfs the rest of ours combined.

That being said, given your former defense of Libya under Qadafi as a model for African democracy, you may want to choose your examples better.

Just a thought.

Pete Talbot
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The last time I visited your site, Skink (something I swear I’ll never do again) and I made a critical comment on one of your anti-refugee posts, you answered:

“I have a solution, Pete, don’t like it, don’t read it.”

Perhaps you could practice a little quid pro quo.

Jordan
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Jordan

Hello Turner. You bring up an interesting point. I think that depends on whether or not you believe the United States possesses a war culture. Hillary has been cited on multiple occasions as being a politician whose policies tend to reflect the current social and political climate. Although she is usually criticized for this, I believe it is imperative that an elected official charged with representing the will of his/her constituents act in a manner in alignment with current public sentiment. Granted, this has exceptions, especially in cases where politicians must take direct action or act on information not available… Read more »

Jordan
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Jordan

I would also like to make a few comments in response to William Skink. First, you claim that my post was partisan. What exactly to you mean by that? I have taken the liberty of looking up the term on Dictionary.com: partisan (adj.) of, relating to, or characteristic of partisans; partial to a specific party, person, etc.: Now, in order to be partisan, my post would have to meet one or more of the described characteristics, meaning it would have to be partial to a specific party, person, etc. Based on this, I would assert that my post was anything… Read more »

William Skink
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William Skink

the platform for this post is a partisan blog that attacks Republicans. you may not see your post as partisan, but the timing and limited focus of your piece on a site like this undermines your assertion.

Jordan
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Jordan

Hello William. That’s a good point. I had originally posted this on Facebook with no connection to any other pieces, so that did not occur to me. I still stand by my assertion that the message of the post is nonpartisan, but I concede that, given the context, it could be interpreted as being partisan.

sonofanarchy
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sonofanarchy

Says the delusional left backing the fcking Clinton empire.

LK
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LK

Delusional? How so, Sonny? For you see, I’ve seen Hitlery ravaged on lefty sites too. You see, it’s not that I like Hillary, it’s just that the status quo, be it as it may, seems MUCH better than fascism right now. BTW, are you familiar with Spain about 1936? Franco, the little dicktater like the Donald, didn’t believe in election results either. And we should ALL know how that turned out! It’s just that the Donald has nothing to offer the country other than violence. And I don’t think that that’s what we need right now. BTW, the mafia called.… Read more »

LK
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LK
Pogo Possum
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Pogo Possum

Jordan, I am not certain if you will see this because Don has been deleting and blocking my comments. I shared your article and your responses with several of my close female friends. One of these women was forced to leave a profitable professional position due to sexual harassment and rape by a person of authority within her company. Another is a woman who was raped by an athlete when she was a college student years ago. I also shared it with a family member who was forced to quit a job she loved when she was 17 because of… Read more »

Jordan
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Jordan

Hello Pogo Possum. Thank you for your reply. You have made some good points, and I would like to try to clarify a few things if I can. First of all, I would like to apologize for any implication that I made of defending Bill’s sexual actions or anyone else’s involvement in putting down his victims. That was not my intention, as I hope to spell out below. The comment that I believe you are referring to had two purposes: 1) To reiterate that the assertion in my original post is not undermined by what Bill or Hillary or anyone… Read more »

LK
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LK

Jordan, paragraphs PLEASE! You have much to say, but please try throw in a paragraph now and then. For you see, I’m old. And my attention span is about as long as a good bowel movement now. So, please, throw one in now and then. Otherwise, I can’t make it to the end!

Jordan
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Jordan

My apologies, LK. I wrote the comment in Word and had paragraphs in there, and I falsely assumed that they would transfer over to here. Do you know if there is a way to edit comments once they are up in order to fix such errors?

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