Donald Trump brags about sexual assault, so what? His supporters don’t believe his sexual exploits taint his ability to be president. When Trump was recorded via hot-mic in 2005 saying, “…I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait…when you’re a star, you can do whatever you want,” he clearly understood that all women desire the advances, attention, and approval of powerful men. When Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” during a speech. He wasn’t inciting racial epithets or creating an environment where open bigotry was acceptable and presented as patriotic. When he said, “If she gets to pick her judges – nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know,” speaking about Hilary Clinton at a Wilmington, North Carolina rally. He wasn’t insinuating that 2nd amendment crusaders shoot the democratic nominee for President of the United States. According to Donald Trump’s logic, what appears to be obvious to the majority of Americans isn’t so. One thing is for certain, The political movement Trump has tapped into is dangerous for the American Dream and the man himself is un-fit for political office.
During the third presidential debate on October 19th, 2016, Clinton once again called Trump out on his history of misogynistic behavior. He adamantly denied the accusations with, “No one respects women more than I do,” to which large pockets of the audience erupted into laughter. Fox News political commentator Chris Wallace as moderator was forced to silence the audience so that the debate could continue. The debate audience didn’t know anything about Trump that the majority of Americans and his avid supporters didn’t. The trouble is Trump’s avid supporters for some reason don’t care.
Many laughed from afar as Trump likened to a middle school bully insulted his way through the republican primaries. It seemed hard to imagine that an openly racist, openly sexist, openly bigoted salesmen would ever get anywhere near The White House. Could you imagine civics educators teaching America’s children that becoming President of the United States only requires stating your awesomeness with conviction and publicly ridiculing anyone who expresses otherwise. Imagine fathers’ teaching sons’ on playgrounds across the country that they can grab and kiss all little girls at their’ will. Can you imagine a world where President Obama could say, “Grab them by the p**sy,” without public outrage?
The majority of Americans aren’t laughing anymore rather they are looking upon Trump supporters as renegades running amuck in utopia. Now, I do not dare say America is or ever has been parallel with utopia. However, our current way of life may be remembered as utopic once America suffers a Trump presidency. The America Trump proposes bans Muslims, reduces African-Americans to ‘hellish’ inner-city dwellers, and subjects women to objectivity purposed only for man’s affection and approval.
Is this the society that Lincoln, King, and Kennedy sacrificed their lives trying to save? A “Whites Only” police state where only men regulate the “unalienable rights” of the many. Former Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino president John O’Donnell authored the 1991 New York Times best seller “Trumped!: The Real Inside Story of Donald Trump-His cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall.” O’Donnell quoted Trump in the book saying, “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes… Those are the only kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else…Besides that, I tell you something else. I think that’s guy’s lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks.” Trump confirmed during a 1997 interview for Playboy magazine that O’Donnell’s accusations were, “probably true,” further cementing Trump’s nonchalant demeanor towards common decency.
Quite frankly, this election scares me. I am terrified not only because a man that represents the Anti-American dream may be our next president, but also, because of what it says about modern day America. His very nomination for the highest office in our land is a signal that a considerable amount of us desire to live in Trump’s America. For the first time in a long time, let’s be Americans first. Let us become countrymen protecting a dream of an imperfect republic striving for perfection. I do not plead for Clinton, Stein, or Johnson for president. I plead knees bent, head bowed, and hands clasped together for America. Now, suffrage is one of the most sacred and hard fought for rights in our history. One should never demand a vote for one candidate over the other, but by all means follow your heart on November 8th. Make America great again and don’t vote for Trump.