So I was meaning to put a post up yesterday about an interesting issue I found in a recent paper, but yesterday's "breaking news" about Donald Trump has put me in a foul mood. I don't want to fill the post with rhetoric and opinionated commentary, so I thought I'd hold off for a bit.
Rather than just stay quiet for a week or so, I thought I'd copy a comment I just wrote showing my state of mind. If you support Donald Trump, I suggest you don't read it. Then again, if you support Donald Trump, I suggest you just leave. My site, the internet, the planet. whichever you prefer.
By the way, that last comment might have gone a bit more off-topic than it should have, but this whole Trump-sexism thing has put me in a foul mood. Donald Trump has constantly said sexist and bigoted things while posturing about how he can do whatever he wants. Most famously, he said he could shoot a person in full public view and not lose any voters. In what world could it possibly be surprising he has sexually assaulted women?
And yes, I said Trump "sexually assaulted" women. Trump's remarks people have been discussing recently aren't just vulgar. They're admissions Trump has committed crimes and sexually harassed women. And that isn't surprising at all. It's perfectly in line with everything we've seen from him thus far, yet people are acting like this is shocking news they never could have anticipated.
Uh... no. This is exactly what I expected of Trump. Trump has spent his entire campaign basically going around saying, "I'm a vulgar, disgusting man with no morals who can get away with anything." And people supported him for it. What's changed? Oh, now we have recordings of this vile, disgusting man talking about how vile and disgusting he is? How is that any different than the hundreds of other things he's said in speeches broadcast on national television?
This is like how people praise and support stereotypical frat boys who sexually harass women for years without making any effort to hide it then act shocked when, "Oh my god, they raped somebody? How could we ever have anticipated that?" And just like with stereotypical frat boys, many of the same people will keep supporting Trump.
[*]Because hey, he just sexually harassed and assaulted women. It's not like he actually raped them. We've got to give him credit for that...?