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Op Ed: POTUS: Predator of The United States

Op Ed: POTUS: Predator of The United States

By EMILY GROTTLE

No matter how many times someone tells me I need to accept the fact that Donald Trump is the president, I will not, because I can never respect this man. Trump has been accused on multiple accounts of sexual harassment, and he continues to demean and belittle women because he is a celebrity in the eyes of the media. We need to break the silence on Trump and recognize that what this man has been getting away with for years is simply unacceptable.

According to The Atlantic, along with the 2005 recording of Trump saying it is okay to “grab them [women] by the pu**y,” he also said “when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.” This is a dangerous abuse of power and further proves that he not only disrespects women, but also believes that being famous means he has immunity when it comes to the rights of others. This screams in the faces of women that speaking out against sexual assault, especially against someone in a position of power, is useless. This is not okay.

Two women shared their experiences with Trump’s sexual assault with The New York Times. Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks are just two of the many women whom Trump has assaulted. Ms. Leeds, now 74, was in her thirties when Trump assaulted her. She was on an airplane, sitting beside him in first class. According to The New York Times, Leeds said “about 45 minutes after take-off, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her…[he] grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hands up her skirt.” She only told a few people at the time of the incident, but went public when Trump said during the second presidential debate that he “had boasted about kissing women without permission and grabbing their genitals. But he had never actually done those things.” Crooks also spoke out about her experience with Trump after he said this.

Crooks was only 22-years-old when Trump assaulted her at work. According to The New York Times, she was working as a receptionist for Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower in Manhattan. Crooks introduced herself to Trump as she was aware they would be doing business together. She told The New York Times that when they shook hands, “he would not let go, instead, he began kissing [her] on the cheeks…then directly on the mouth.” She was shook up and was quoted saying that she “can’t do anything to this guy, because he’s Donald Trump.”

Trump denies all sexual assault allegations made against him (of which there are many). By denying the claims against him, Trump takes away the agency of these women. The women who chose to speak out should not be silenced by him or his supporters.

If people in power are allowed to believe that treating women inappropriately is OK, then what does this teach our youth? The rape myth cannot continue. The fact is that an accused rapist and sexual predator is our president. One can turn a blind eye to that fact or choose not to believe it, but it is true and women have spoken out.  What is frightening about Trump are his insistent remarks that he did not commit the sexual assault crimes he was accused of. The dangers of the patriarchy are deeply seated into him and his personality.

If you are a supporter of his, I urge you to consider this information. Sexual assault is never OK. By reporting it and talking about it, we can hope to dispel the rape myth and let voices of victims and survivors not just be heard, but be listened to.

Comments

  1. Grant Raycroft

    Excellent piece! Thank you for speaking up!

  2. It is easy to sweep this issue under that rug with so much controversy surrounding this administration. It is important to remember who this person is and what he supports in his everyday life. That will be a true reflection on how he will run this government. No respect for the country as a whole and even less respect for his own voters. NOT MY PRESIDENT!! Well Said Emily!

  3. Snowflake Detector

    Emily, this is why no one can take snowflakes seriously. They think their feelings override reality. You don’t like President Trump therefore you don’t accept him as the president. Having thoughts and feelings that are divorced from reality are called delusions. Delusions are usually a symptom of some type of metal illness or psychosis. It’s important to seek treatment immediately
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  4. Grant Raycroft

    Dude, this is like the third article you jumped into and basically done the same thing. Are you okay? Grottle cites her sources pretty well. You instead seem to make up ideas about how delusions and “metal illnesses” function. Please do not give psychiatric advice when you yourself seem so uninformed and divorced from reality on the subject.

  5. 7N

    Very well written. I’m glad to see there are plenty of people out there who recognize that there is no reason to just give up and accept an awful person in a position of power without doing everything possible to correct that. Stay strong and don’t let any idiots tell you otherwise!

  6. Snowflake Detector

    Grant, I’m an expert on mental illness, I have to deal with snowflakes everyday. I have seen snowflakes curl up into a ball at the mention of American President Donald Trump. It’s sad really. Sad in a very amusing way.

  7. Author

    How dare you comment on my mental health based on an article about the trauma that surrounds victims of sexual assault brought on by President Trump. I feel bad for you, and honestly doubt you know anything about mental illnesses. The fact is he does not respect women enough to keep his hands off them, just in case you didn’t know women are not objects. I’m sorry that you can’t accept reality and are living in your own delusional world of accepting a patriarch like Donald Trump.

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