Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s track record for insulting women is so dismal he can’t even see how truly extensive his misogyny is, even when he’s “apologizing.”
Trump said of his insults aimed at women throughout his presidential campaign, Wednesday:
“A lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment. There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do.”
The former reality television star and real estate mogul was in the midst of an interview with KSNV-TV, preceding a rally in Henderson, Nevada, when he made that ludicrous statement.
Reporter Jim Snyder asked Trump:
“Are you trying to tone it down now?”
“It’s not a question of trying, it’s very easy.”
Apparently, though, it’s not quite as easy for Trump to nix the misogyny as he thinks. After all, insulting women for the sake of entertainment doesn’t exactly make it okay. In fact, it doesn’t at all. Who’s entertainment does Trump think throwing vile comments at women suits—women? Hardly. Trump’s “entertaining” comments against such women as Megyn Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, Hillary Clinton and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, only serve to entertain fellow misogynistic men. Trump does not laugh “with” women, but “at” them, as do the intended audience of his “jokes.”
Though Trump may be trying to soft shoe his way into the hearts of the proverbial “American woman,” most sane, conscientious women in the country are flipping that old Guess Who song’s lyrics on the Donald’s head and singing out in a great red, white and blue chorus, “Stay away from me-ee… Don’t come hanging around my door/I don’t want to see your face no more.”
Now Trump, let women be. The damage is done, and there’s no going back, no mansplaining your way out of this one. Rival Hillary Clinton has helped seal that deal with a scathing ad using Trump’s own words against him, such as calling a woman a “fat slob” and stating that “A person who’s flat-chested is very hard… to be a 10.” Trump also said of Megyn Kelly after the first Republican primary debate:
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her, wherever.”
Trump also attacked former Miss Universe Alicia Machado most recently, calling her “Miss Piggy” because she’d gained weight, as well as calling her “Miss Housekeeping” due to her being Hispanic.
Yeah, it’s easy to see how Trump could possibly think of himself as the most respectful person to women around, isn’t it. He has the best respect for women. You’re going to love his respect for women, right? You’re going to be respecting women so much, so well, you’re going to get sick of respecting women.
That must be it. That must be where Trump’s at. He’s ahead of the curve—that’s the kind of leader he is. He’s miles ahead of us all in his respect for women. He’s been respecting women so much, so well for so long, he’s sick of it and throwing out the vile condescension just for kicks, which apparently makes it okay (in his mind), because it’s all a goof—just like his presidential campaign.
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And the ladies know that. That’s why they eat it up like candy, right? That’s why women love Trump all the more. That must be it. He’s got that old bad boy complex going, but deep down, America’s women know what a tender-hearted old softy Trump is, willing to throw his jacket in the mud for any woman hailing a taxi on a rainy day. You just have to get to know him—the real him. Can’t you see it?
Or… Trump could just be full of shit, like so many other rich, white men born into old money in a patriarchal, racist and sexist country.