A few days ago, President Donald Trump issued a statement declaring April as “National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”
No, it was not an April Fool’s joke.
“At the heart of our country is the emphatic belief that every person has unique and infinite value,” the statement reads. “We dedicate each April to raising awareness about sexual abuse and recommitting ourselves to fighting it. Women, children, and men have inherent dignity that should never be violated.”
Inherent dignity that should never be violated. Hmmm. Let’s compare that to what the now-President once said in a now infamous 2005 interview on the very same topic:
“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
The president literally expressed his approval and self-admission of actually being a sexual assailant, and now he wants to pretend that victims of sexual assault actually mean something to him?
Mind you – his direct quote above was so damning that the guy to whom he said it lost his job. As for Trump? Well, he got to be president.
The ‘Trump Rule’ vs ‘inherent dignity’
“You know, it doesn’t really matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
That was the president’s response in 1991 during an Esquire interview concerning the role and impact of women in media. As you can see, this “respect toward women” is inline with his 1992 interview with New York Magazine in 1992, where he aptly summarized his overall view of women by stating: “You have to treat ’em like shit.”
“All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me—consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected,” he bragged in 2004. “The early victories by women on The Apprentice were to a very large extent dependent on their sex appeal.”
“I believe we’re all equal except women still have to try harder and they know it,” he added. “They will do what they have to do to get the job done and will not necessarily be demure about it.”
In 2009, Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean released a memoir entitled, Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks. In it, she wrote about what is allegedly known as “The Trump Rule – that Miss USA pageant contestants are forced to flaunt their wares in front of pageant owner Trump so that he could play his own personal game of Hot or Not.
“Many of the girls found this exercise humiliating,” Prejean wrote. “Some of the girls were sobbing backstage after [Trump] left, devastated to have failed even before the competition really began . . . even those of us who were among the chosen couldn’t feel very good about it—it was as though we had been stripped bare.”
I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.
In 2012, Trump himself called in to and threatened to show defense attorney Gloria Allred his penis. “I think Gloria would be very very impressed with [my penis],” he bragged.
In a 2013 episode of his Celebrity Apprentice, show contestant Bret Michaels described to Trump how fellow contestant Brande Roderick had gotten down on her knees and begged the rocker not to be fired.
“Excuse me, you dropped to your knees?” an amused Trump asked Roderick. “Yes,” she replied.
“It must be a pretty picture,” he responded, “you dropping to your knees.”
Why Trump’s sexual hypocrisy matters
In 2013, Trump Tweeted seemingly defending and excusing rape in the military; victim-blaming the mere presence of women for the monstrous act of sexual assault.
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2013
To what “geniuses” is Trump referring; policymakers who support the inclusion of women in the military (obviously a mistake in Trump’s mind), or the rape victims themselves?
With all the blatantly obvious and damning evidence against Trump with regard to sexual assault, why then the high-road April declaration?
Does Donald Trump actually care about sexual assault in America, or is he just pretending in order to reverse his record-breaking low favorability amongst pretty much everyone?
It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.
Maybe it is a face-saving step in preparation for the inevitable hurting the president will experience come the midterm elections of 2018. Perhaps it is yet another small gesture at hopefully securing his own second term come 2020.
The most likely motivation, though, is that it is all yet another ruse; the next rendition of the president’s long-con of American culture. The goal: to convince those not paying close enough attention that the Donald Trump persona is not as bad as nearly all experts agree.
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