As time goes by, more and more women are coming out to tell their stories of sexual abuse at the hands of the GOP nominee, Donald Trump. Trump, in typical Trump fashion, has responded by threatening to sue them all. Yeah, that’s the kind of guy he is.
But what is more is that this is the guy the GOP has gotten solidly behind. The same people who for DECADES now have lambasted President Bill Clinton for his immoral behavior are now bowing down in service to a man who gleefully asserts his entitlement to sexually abuse whatever woman he damn well chooses. The hypocrisy is off the charts, especially from the religious leaders who have long deplored the behavior of Clinton, who, by the way, denied these relationships at least, as compared to the man who BRAGS about them. That is where the “Grand Old Party” is these days – nominating and supporting a sexual predator to be President.
My, how the times they have a’changed.
Recently, radio host and pundit, Steve Deace, read a powerful, poignant, and upsetting piece by Nancy French from the Washington Post. By the end of French’s piece, I was in tears. Minutes later, I was still in tears. Why? The absolute betrayal French laid out in her piece by the GOP of women in general and sexual abuse survivors in particular by choosing Trump.
French’s piece is a powerful one indeed, and I highly recommend reading it in its entirety as she relates how she was sexually abused by her family pastor, how it impacted her life, and the repercussions of the GOP’s choice of nominee for President. Here is salient portion of French’s piece as it relates to the election:
He didn’t do anything wrong. You caused this. You enjoyed it. You deserved it.
Instead of those words bouncing around my head, they are bouncing around my Facebook feed, off the lips of my friends, from the screens of my phone and laptop. They are directed toward Bill Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s accusers. Republicans who have lamented the Clintonian proclivity to malign women are now defending the same activities because … well, they idolize power or their own strategic cleverness. Trump, like the preacher, is too important to abandon. We have become what we said we despised.
I realize now — only now after all these years — it’s all been a facade. The “religious right,” which I’ve defended my whole life, abandoned the posture of “family values” when they had the chance to gain a seat at the table.
Here’s the truth. The GOP once was alive but is now dead. It confuses me to hear the values preached from the podium but ignored in real life; it feels odd to just repurpose a political party into an extension of the trump Empire without acknowledging the values which had so recently dwelled there.
My party — which should’ve been a place of a certain set of values — now shelters an abuser. I’m thinking of this when the GOP presses against me and asks me to close my eyes just one more time. […](Click here to read the rest.)
No kidding. That is exactly who this party, which formerly proclaimed itself to be the keepers of morality and “family values,” is endorsing and protecting: an abuser, a sexual predator.
The sense of sorrow, of pain, and betrayal French gives voice to is what had me in tears. That a man like Trump, who treats women so terribly, is embraced and held up as the new leader of the GOP is a bridge way too far, in my opinion. (You can also read more about French’s piece at The Daily Wire.)
The behavior of Trump, the GOP, and some of its members seem to reinforce a recent comment by Hillary Clinton about some Trump supporters: they are “deplorable.” Now you know I am not one to agree with Clinton on much, but in this regard, she may have a point.
Why do I say that? Well, there is ample evidence of “deplorable” behavior by Trump supporters in this piece by David French, husband of Nancy French, and a writer for National Review. Steve Deace mentioned this disturbing article on his Facebook page the same day as Nancy French’s WaPo article came out. Check out some of the crap with which they have been dealing:
I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.”
I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.” The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.
I share my family’s story not because we are unique or because our experience is all that extraordinary, but rather because it is depressingly, disturbingly ordinary this campaign season. The formula is simple: Criticize Trump — especially his connection to the alt-right — and the backlash will come. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Uh, yeah. I think that qualifies as “deplorable” behavior, don’t you?
The abuse leveled against the French family, and others as the above article highlights, as a result of not supporting Donald Trump makes the actions of Obots pale in comparison. Again, I contend this behavior is even worse since many people now supporting Trump are the same ones who decried the cult-like worship of Obama and the heinous acts by Obots. The hypocrisy is mind-blowing.
So yeah – there’s some deplorable behavior going on from the people French describes in his article and from the behavior of Trump himself. That the GOP has embraced this man despite it all says a lot, and none of it good.
And yes, it is a betrayal, one many of us will not soon forget.
This is an Open Thread.