People are pointing out that you don't need to have a daughter to condemn Trump's sexism

Harriet Marsden@harriet1marsden
Tuesday 11 October 2016 09:15
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Trump's misogyny and language of sexual assault has been widely condemned. But people have noticed sexism in the response.

Fresh off the heels of the tax evasion scandal, we now have #HotMicGate - a video recording of Trump bragging to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush about women.

The recording, which the Washington Post released last week, revealed some fairly explicit and disgraceful behaviour.

I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. I don't even wait [...] Grab 'em by the p***y.

- Donald Trump (2005)

Some high profile Republicans have released statements denouncing his sexually aggressive language.

The internet was quick to point out that perhaps what Jeb should have said was, as a person, he cannot excuse them.

As it read, it coud have been interpreted to mean the comments are only abhorrent to him because they could potentially apply to his own granddaughters.

Mitt Romney also weighed in on the scandal.

But again, he cast the women in terms of their relationship to their protective menfolk.

Which responses pointed out:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the comments are “repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance":

As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape.

- Mitch McConnell

But surely it is Trump who is demeaned by his words?

Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am.

- Donald Trump

Given his history, many would argue this point is debatable.

This is hardly the first time Trump has revealed distasteful views towards women. He's been doing it for his entire career.

In fact, it has recently been revealed, Trump himself once said that his views on women would disqualify him from running for office.

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His 'apology' simply added fuel to the fire.

This was locker-room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.

- Donald Trump

Many criticised describing his comments as 'locker-room' talk, as an attempt to describe Trumps comments as the norm for all locker-located men tars a gender with his words.

And to hit back at his opponent, Trump assembled a panel of women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault.

Just to be clear, in response to allegations of outrageous sexism, Trump conveniently forgot it was Hillary who is running for President. Not Bill.

People were also quick to point out that there has been no such strong condemnation for his violently Islamophobic rhetoric, his ongoing absurd racism against Latino communities, or his casual condescension towards African Americans.

So the backlash among Republican upper echelons following only this latest outrage speaks volumes.

And let's not forget, there are still women who will vote for him.

We have to ask, what's it going to take? Trump dumping a cat in a bin?

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