An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Dear Mr. Trump,

I, amongst many, many, many other people find your crude and frankly disgusting comments not only disgusting but offensive, shameful and misogynistic. The video that was released of you over the weekend making said comments in 2005 does not represent a “one-time thing”. The fact it was released sixteen years ago and that it was a long time ago would have held substantial weight, however, it is not a one-time thing. There are many instances over many years where you have made suggestive comments. You claim to respect women and that nobody respects women more than you do, that you are a gentleman, yet all of the evidence disproves this. You have a repeated history of making misogynistic comments and showcasing misogynistic behaviour. It would be a one-time thing if, in fact, you had only said something of the sort one time. But that is not the case.

Some people find it funny. I do not. Neither do thousands of other people. What you consider to be funny is sexist, hurtful and embarrassing. It is not “locker room talk”. By refuting it as nothing more than that only perpetuates a culture where people believe the notion that sexual assault is acceptable and it is not. By saying that the release of the video was an attempt by the Clinton campaign to sabotage yours or to act as a “distraction” makes it appear as though sexual assault, misogynism, and rape are only a “distraction” to you and not a genuine issue. It is not acceptable to sexual assault a person. It is not acceptable that someone with such an authoritative position as you, as the candidate on the Republican presidential ticket thinks making jokes about sexual assault is acceptable.

By comparing your history of such comments to Bill Clinton’s rape allegations does not make yours any less disgusting. By comparing it, you are attempting to excuse what you did by pointing the finger and saying “what he did is worse.” What he did is inexcusable. What you did is inexcusable. However comparing the two situations does not add more weight to your argument and is an attempt to shed a more positive light on yourself, even though what you did is equally as disgusting and shameful.

Here are just a few quotes that convey this behaviour:

“It doesn’t really matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

“It’s certainly not groundbreaking news that the early victories of women on ‘The Apprentice’ were, to a large extent, dependent on their sex appeal.”

“Rosie O’Donnell is disgusting, both inside and out. If you take a look at her, she’s a slob. How does she even get on television? If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie. I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers and say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’

There is a supremely interesting article here [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/donald-trump-sexism-tracker-every-offensive-comment-in-one-place/] that only proves this.

When you make comments about women’s body sizes, their chest, their looks, their attractiveness, you are holding women everywhere to unrealistically high standards and teaching women that they are worthless or unattractive if they do not attain to YOUR standards. That only perpetuates a society of women who do not think they are good enough or beautiful or pretty because you have said they are not if they don’t look a certain way. Your comments are damaging to the mentality of the general population. Furthermore, you state that it is not possible for a woman to become successful unless she is “good looking” or that if she is successful, it’s because of her looks, not because she is intelligent, hard working, deserving, driven, ambitious.

How do you expect to win over the female American population in the election, if you disrespect and demean them with your misogynism?  How can you justify being a gentleman, someone who respects women more than anyone else, when your repeated history of sexist comments and actions point to the contrary? These comments do nothing more than embarrass you and portray you as a misogynist, so why continue to do it if that’s not who you want to be perceived as?

I guess what the point of this is that you should either accept you made these disgusting comments and apologise and actually change that, or, rather than proclaiming to be so self-righteous, a gentleman who respects women when in reality you’re the antithesis, accept that you are a misogynist and do not respect women.

 

 

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