Deplorable Donald

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PolitiFact discusses Deplorable Donald's recently-unearthed remarks from 2005, where he "bragged about trying to have sex with a married woman and being able to grope women:"

Trump: " 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 man: "Whatever you want."

Trump: "Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."

Trump's first non-apology ("This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago.") was received so poorly that he had to issue a second one:

I've said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more-than-a-decade-old video are one of them.

Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.

The backlash to Trump's pro-sexual-assault comments has been a personal one in a great many instances. For one, Slate's Jennifer Conti shares a conversation with her father about it:

When I was 10 years old, a man put his hands between my legs and squeezed. You remember, you were there and tried to help catch him. I'm 33 now and I still think about this often/feel violated and scared whenever I walk alone by strange men. You may say, some men are bad people and that what Trump said was just normal guy talk and he didn't mean it, but words matter. This is the proposed leader of our country and most powerful man in the world. I beg you not to vote for a man that encourages the kind of talk or behavior that made me so scared as a little girl and that still makes me sick to my stomach today. Please.

He tried to downplay Trump's remarks by calling them "typical bravado between guys "and the outrage over them as "just more left PC crap." Her response is insightful:

I share this exchange not to put my father in a bad light, but rather to tell a story about how many Americans interpret Trump's misogyny. My father is a well-educated, loving man who would do anything for his family, except maybe look beyond what is staring us in the face as a nation: that women don't matter as much as men. [...]

It's easy to say that Trump's comments are typical male banter, but words like his encourage a society that turns its back on sexual assault and devalues women. Words like his perpetuate a culture of silence and passivity. And my conversation with my father has convinced me that even many people who have witnessed sexual assault firsthand believe so strongly in Trump's phony message of change that they will overlook his avalanche of misogyny and hate.

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