From The New York Times, by Nicholas Kristof:
“JILL HARTH’S first concern with Donald Trump’s hands wasn’t that they were small. It’s that they were everywhere.
Harth and her longtime boyfriend were in meetings with Trump to forge a business partnership. “He was relentless,” Harth recalled in an interview, describing how on Dec. 12, 1992, he took the couple to dinner and a club — and then situated himself beside Harth and ran his hands up her skirt, to her crotch. “I didn’t know how to handle it. I would go away from him and say I have to go to the restroom. It was the escape route.”
You can read the entire story here.
“This may or may not actually be typical “locker room banter” for some men. But one thing is clear: It’s an explicit description of sexual assault.
Whether or not Trump is bragging for effect or machismo, he is saying that he thinks it’s no big deal to grab or kiss a woman in a sexual manner — either by moving too fast for her to consent or resist or by exploiting his power until “they let you do it.”
It is sexual assault to “just start kissing” a woman, much less “grab” her“pussy,” and not “even wait” — in other words, to act without warning or consent. It is sexual assault to exploit your power over a woman for the purpose of sexual favors.
This isn’t a joke. This isn’t even just a much worse version of the usual sleaze or insults that we’re used to on Trump and women. This is serious.
It’s serious because this kind of cavalier treatment of sexual assault is the definition of rape culture. When men see sexual assault as a punchline, or even something to brag about, they take it less seriously when they see or hear about it happening, and they take women less seriously who talk about it.
But it’s even more serious because it’s Trump saying it. For Trump, there is good reason to believe that these attitudes aren’t just theoretical bragging. They represent real behaviors that more than one real woman has alleged.”
I’m with every mother
Every woman who has ever had to suffer physical, verbal, or emotional abuse. #ImWithHer
— Jackie Summers (@jackfrombkln) October 8, 2016
— Raw Story (@RawStory) October 8, 2016
Here’s all the other extremely misogynistic things Donald Trump has said about women https://t.co/B4vJN2i0Jp
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) October 8, 2016
Remember when “binders full of women” was the most offensive thing a GOP nominee could say about women?
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) October 8, 2016
Today would be a good day for Donald “Somebody’s Doing The Raping” Trump to issue an apology to Mexicans & the Central Park Five #TrumpTapes
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) October 8, 2016
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