The Sordid Spectacle of Trump

Late yesterday I ran across reports of the video below.

In this video Trump brags about using his star power to grab women by
the girly bits.

I hate what the GOP has done to American politics and I can’t stop looking.

Listening to Trump on this video is like having someone vomit on me and I
want Mike Pence to use his phobic white virtue to mop it up.

Mike Pence and his hypocrisy are the GOP norm.

Trump’s surrogates are spinning this tape as nothing; but Trump’s
surrogates and supporters live in a cherry picked reality.

I love Republican strategist, Ana Navarro: she lives in reality and has a true sense of decency.

Trump issued an apology.

You can see that he’s angry and reading from a script.

Trump’s apologists and enablers miss the point of these tapes.

These tapes substantiate the claims of at least 3 women.

Ivana Trump, for instance:

Screen shot of NewYork Magazine's coverage of Ivana Trump's rape allegation against Donald Trump
New York Magazine, July 27, 2015 story of Ivanna Trump’s rape allegation.

Donald Trump brags on this tape about forcing himself on a married woman.

He describes what these other women describe in their affidavits.

This is not about Trump, the flawed man; this is about Trump the predator.

These tapes lend weight to an allegation that I refused to believe:

A screenshot of an NBC News Article regarding the allegation that Donald Trump raped a 13 year old girl
June 29, 2016 NBC legal analyses of allegation that Trump raped a 13-year-old girl.

The man on these tapes objectifies the female body to such a degree that it’s easy to believe he would see a 13-year-old as just another piece of ass.

Screenshot of a July 7, 2016 UK Guardian story about the legal issues around rape allegations against Donald Trump
Article in the July 7, 2016 UK Guardian about rape allegations against Trump

July 23 LawNews article on the rape allegations against Donald Trump
LawNews, July 23, 2016

One of worst parts of the aftermath of sexual abuse are the abuser’s enablers.

Trump’s enablers forgive him and argue that we should forgive him too.

But these allegations, if that are true, are not theirs to forgive or ours to deny.

The Trump Tapes are evidence.

Our legal system uses rules of evidence to decide guilt or innocence.

Forgiving Trump is up to the victims.

RG 2016

 

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