By now, everyone has heard of Donald Trump’s claim about his despicable, lewd, vulgar speech as well as his acknowledgement of willful sexual assault. He has dismissed these comments, and acknowledgement of criminal activity, as just “locker room banter,” and did so again in the debate Monday night.
Well, professional athletes beg to differ with Trump’s claim that this is how men talk in locker rooms. Several have taken to Twitter to deny that this is how they act. From Boston.com:
“I haven’t heard that one in any locker rooms,” McCollum wrote on Twitter in a response to a tweet from Crawford. McCollum plays for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and Crawford plays for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Tamme, a tight end with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, asked that Trump “please stop saying ‘locker room talk,’” adding that “it’s not normal. And even if it were normal, it’s not right.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
One recently retired NFL player, Chris Kluwe, was having none of Trump’s comparison of his despicable speech, and wrote a letter to Donald Trump explaining to him, in detail, how wrong he was. From Vox:
Last Friday, audio leaked of you making incredibly demeaning comments about women andbragging about sexual assault. When asked to justify your statements, you claimed that this was “locker room talk,” and it’s just how guys speak about women.
You’re wrong, and only the type of wrong an over-tanned ham hock like yourself can accomplish, plummeting past the morass of gross incivility into the abyss of depraved sociopathy.
How do I know this? Simple. I was in an NFL locker room for eight years, the very definition of the macho, alpha male environment you’re so feebly trying to evoke to protect yourself, and not once did anyone approach your breathtaking depths of arrogant imbecility. Oh, sure, we had some dumb guys, and some guys I wouldn’t want to hang out with on any sort of regular basis, but we never had anyone say anything as foul and demeaning as you did on that tape, and, hell, I played a couple years with a guy who later turned out to be a serial rapist. Even he never talked like that.
Wow. Even a serial rapist never talked like Donald Trump. If eve there was a damning statement, that would be it. But Kluwe wasn’t done. He went into great detail about what players DO talk in the locker room, and none of it was what Trump claimed they discussed. Here are some examples from Kluwe:
We talk about our families. We talk about our significant others, our children, and our parents. We talk about our fears that if a Hitler wannabe who can’t even string together a coherent statement on domestic policy becomes president, what that might mean for those of us who are married to a member of a minority community, or are a member of a minority community, or have children going to schools where hopefully nobody screams racial epithets at them or tells them to go back to [insert foreign country they couldn’t identify on a map here].
We talk about travel. We talk about the cities we’ve seen, the stadiums we’ve played in, what vacations we might take in the offseason. We talk about what country might make a good safe haven if a Russian-backed presidential candidate whose foreign policy agenda can best be described as “gross negligence mixed with a spicy dash of treason” were to have control of our nation’s nuclear arsenal, and whether his stubby little baby fingers are strong enough to push in the launch codes on sturdy military-grade hardware.
We talk about money. We talk about what other guys at our position are making, what our next contract might look like, and how much paying taxes each year sucks, since we’re in the highest tax bracket and play in multiple states, requiring multiple filings. We talk about how allof us pay taxes, every year, and wonder what a presidential candidate might have to hide if he so stubbornly refuses to release his returns, what possible foreign debts might be lurking in that finance closet he so desperately holds shut with every ounce of his contemptible mental faculties.
There are more example’s in Kluwe’s letter to Trump, again, none of which descend to the level of vulgarity or bragging about sexually assaulting a woman. Kluwe, who is begrudgingly supporting Clinton, concluded his open letter to Trump with this:
So let me conclude with some advice for you, Donald. The next time you want to claim that something is “locker room talk,” take a moment to recognize the fact that were you in an actual locker room, you would be universally reviled as a cancerous, egotistical train wreck of a disgrace that no team could possibly find the time to employ and, honestly, would never even have on their draft board to begin with.
I’ve been in locker rooms, Donald, and you’re the type of narcissistic, pants-soiling fecal eruption that just doesn’t belong. Even football players are smart enough to know that.(Click here to read the rest.)
Wow, powerful stuff, isn’t it? These players are not willing to be tarnished by Trump’s broad brush stroke, and they are not alone. A quick search reveals the number who have been quick to deny Trump’s depiction of how these men act.
What has been surprising to me, and disturbing, are the number of men, and women, who are willing to sell their souls and morality in support of the Cult of Trump, and in so doing, sell out Conservative women, as this Federalist piece lays out so well. From Christian Leaders to the head of the RNC, these men are standing with Trump despite his abhorrent comments. Many try to drag the Clintons into this, but this has nothing to do with them, and EVERYTHING to do with who Trump is.
That speaks volumes about them, all of them, and none of it is good. Not one bit of it is good. They have exposed themselves to be hypocrites on a major league level, and will never again be able to make any comments whatsoever about Bill Clinton’s past. They have jumped in bed with a man of such deplorable, despicable, character that they have no room to talk EVER AGAIN.
This is where we are now in this country. It is mind boggling to me, especially to see religious leaders throw away all morality and ethics on behalf of a man like Trump, not to mention people for whom I previously had respect.
To attempt to justify in any way, shape, or form Trump’s claims of sexual assault by anyone, much less our leaders, religious and political, is a bridge to to Hell.
That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.
On a personal note, we are leaving Columbia today and heading home, at least to return the animals to the house. Thankfully, all is well at the house, with just a little water that got into the office. There are some limbs and branches down, but nothing major Thank heavens. We don’t have power yet, and will stay at a hotel tonight if power isn’t restored today, but I know the animals will be glad to be back home. Thanks for all of the dupport, friends. I appreciate it!