Trump’s tower of political reign comes crumbling down
October 27, 2016
On Friday, Oct. 8, The Washington Post published a video from 2005 in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was recorded having obscene and degrading conversations about women with Billy Bush.
Recorded a few months after Trump married his third wife, Melania, Trump is heard talking about his entitlement and control over women.
“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,”Trump said. “You can do anything.”
“Grab them by the p—,” he said. “You can do anything.”
In addition to condoning assalt and boasting about groaping women, Trump brags about his promiscuity with married women.
“I moved on her like a b—, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump said.
Claiming that the video was “locker room talk,” Trump apologized “if anyone was offended.”
Turns out that lots of people were.
The video has proven to be detrimental to the Trump campaign, causing many previous supporters to condemn Trump’s comments and question his fitness to serve as commander in chief.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, said he was “sickened” by trump’s statements on the video, reports the Washington Post.
“Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests,” Ryan said in a statement.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also publicly voiced his opposition to Trump’s comments.
“Hitting on married women?” Romney said in an interview with the Washington Post. “Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.”
Decatur students are also voicing their concerns with the Republican nominee’s lack of respect for women.
“He might have the right to say what he wants, but as someone in the public eye he has the status of a role model for many people,” said junior Anna Mahany. “This makes it completely inappropriate and wrong for him to say those things because it makes people think that what he is saying is ok.”
Junior Alex Hall has similar opinions.
“Trump’s allowed to say what he wants, but this is just unacceptable, especially since he’s running for the presidency,” Hall said.
*Photos courtesy of creative commons labeled for reuse for modification