Last week, Hillary Clinton unveiled one of her most devastating ads of the campaign. It features clips of girls and women looking in the mirror amid snippets of Donald Trump degrading women over the years. In case you missed it, watch it here.
Process this for a moment, folks. How can anyone who thinks it’s even remotely acceptable to treat women in this way even think about running for president? And how would Trump react if anyone else said half those things about his own daughters, Ivanka and Tiffany?
Well, Trump got a chance to dig himself out of this hole on Wednesday. Instead, he dug himself a new one. Apparently he thinks that degrading women is perfectly fine if you’re entertaining your audience.
The Donald came to Henderson, Nevada; a suburb of Las Vegas, for a rally at the Henderson Pavilion. Just before taking the stage, he had a chat with Jim Snyder of KSNV in Las Vegas. The conversation soon turned to Trump’s degrading comments about women.
Snyder asked Trump if he understood how some people–especially those who have daughters–would be concerned that some of Trump’s remarks about women could be hurtful to “girls who are struggling with their body image and the pressure to be model perfect.” Trump claimed that in a lot of those cases, those clips came when he was being interviewed on “The Apprentice.” For that reason, “a lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment.”
However, in the same breath, Trump claimed that “nobody–nobody–has more respect for women than I do.” Um, Donald? You have an awfully funny definition of “respect” if you think degrading women is at all acceptable, even as “entertainment.” And apparently that definition includes fat-shaming former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
Almost as disturbing as the comments themselves is Trump’s demeanor. Think Progress got a clip.
Notice that when Trump says that he was degrading women just for entertainment and then says he respects women, he said both in a way that makes it seem like degrading women is an everyday thing for him. That should send a chill down anyone’s spine. It’s as if Trump either doesn’t know, doesn’t understand, or refuses to understand how outrageous and hurtful his comments are to women of all ages.
Almost as chilling is the thought that the religious right is willing to overlook these remarks, along with Trump’s other outrages. What message does it send that the likes of Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, Richard Land, Wayne Grudem, and others are so determined to roll back abortion and marriage equality that they are willing to give this country to a guy who thinks degrading women is even remotely okay for any reason? And what does it say that they are willing to give this country to a man who thinks such degrading comments are just “entertainment”?
Most of us wouldn’t allow someone who thinks this is at all acceptable anywhere near our own homes. We shouldn’t allow anyone who thinks this is at all acceptable into the White House either.
(featured image courtesy Gage Skidmore, available under a Creative Commons BY-SA license)