I try not to get TOO political on this blog, but what the hell, it's my blog and I can write about what I want...
When I first heard Trump's comments with Billy Bush, I was more amused than anything. I mean, we ALL knew this was what Trump was like... this was just verification. And it was also amusing that of all the Bushes, it ended up being Billy Bush who brought Trump down.
But the more I hear people talk about this, the more angry I get. It's a well known statistic that 25% of women are sexually assaulted by age 18. I'm a woman and I have two daughters. It's horrifying that it's not only acceptable to "joke" (let's assume it was a joke, although i have my doubts) about sexually assaulting a woman. If that's "locker room talk," then locker room talk is unacceptable. If that's a joke that it's okay to make even in private, then there's something really wrong with our society.
Whatever his other politics are, I think it's horrifying to put a man who thinks that way and talks that way up as a role model for our entire country. What message are we sending to women? To young people?
People keep pointing out that Bill Clinton did it. JFK did it. Other politicians did it. Well, George Washington owned slaves, so does that make it okay? What Bill Clinton did wasn't okay and what Trump said (and likely did) isn't okay either. We need to move away from that, not repeat the same mistakes.
A lot of people in this country don't respect women. This is part of why we get paid less for doing the same job. And why so many women get sexually harassed and assaulted, and a lot of the time don't/can't even say anything about it. Because it's so acceptable.
Sexually assaulting a woman should be something that a man should be deeply ashamed to joke about, even in a "locker room" situation (whatever that means). The fact that Trump is clearly not ashamed, in spite of his bogus apology, is deeply troubling, as is the fact that so many people don't think he should be ashamed and simply accept that this is the way men are allowed to talk.