Last night, the Washington Post released a tape from 2005 in which Donald Trump discussed at length how he pursues–and in some cases, sexually assaults–women. It was met with resounding denouncements from numerous party leaders, prominent legislators, and former opponents. It is a shame–and a blessing, I suppose–that this is what it has taken for Republican leaders to finally recognize Donald Trump’s awfulness.
My blog has never been sparing in its critique of Donald Trump. Since the day he announced his candidacy, I have been amply critical of the floppy-haired mogul. But to me, the tape released yesterday should signal the tipping point in this election. The recorded comments are more than appalling; they are disqualifying.
I previously had much sympathy for Trump supporters. In my mind, they were the “unprotected”: those who have been most susceptible to technological disruption and the dark side of free trade. I still believe many of these supporters have legitimate grievances, but my sympathy is dissipating. Considering the tape released yesterday, to support Trump is to voice more than an approval of his policies. To vote for Trump is to legitimize his bigotry, his intolerance, and his disregard for the dignity and respect that every woman in America deserves. To vote for him is to tell the rest of the world that this is what America stands for. Do we want our children to live in a world where the President of the United States has a history of condoning sexual assault? Do we want our children to know that we voted for a man with no integrity?
In elementary school, I was taught that character is who you are when no one is looking. Who is Donald Trump when hidden from the public eye?
We learned yesterday that he is a despicable man who thinks women are sexual objects subject to varying degrees of manipulation based on a man’s fame. But more than that (and often publicly), he is a condescending, pretentious scumbag who mocks the disabilities of reporters that scrutinize him. He is a fragile wimp who dodges tough questions from female reporters by claiming it’s their “time of the month.” He is a verifiable racist who collectivizes Mexicans as mostly “rapists” and “criminals.” He is a vengeful inciter of violence who praises brute strength as a response to dissent. He is a hypocritical fraud who hasn’t paid taxes for 20 years to the country he allegedly loves. He is a disgrace to the Republican Party, American politics, and common decency.
Who is Donald Trump when no one is looking? A pathetic, contemptible, bigoted loser who represents the worst of America. The truth is Donald Trump is a man who has no character, and America deserves better.