I have to say, I will be glad when this election (and the votes, and the recounts, and the possible riots) is and are over. I miss the days when I used to have to think about what to write. These days my Drumpf bookmark folder (exactly what it's named) overflowth to the point I'd need the patience of five silveradepts to compose all I've read into anything even semi-workable. I am not silveradept. But my admiration for what they can do with what's otherwise just a link list is basically endless.
Anyhow...*contemplates stabbing eyes out with toothpicks to avoid writing*
Before we talk about Drumpf, let's talk about Pence.
But before we do that, let's talk about the name "Drumpf". It was Trump's grandfather's legal last name in Germany just before him and his family, *ahem*, immigrated to the US. Also, I'm German (75% spread out over my mom's and dad's sides; also something like 15% English, 10% Irish) so I'll have none of this, "Oh, that's racist against Germans" crap here, because really? I think I'm allowed. There was a legal name change in my own family, on my mom's side, to make the name conform to a more common English spelling, though it sounded the same in both English and German, so there.
When I use the name Drumpf, it's simply to point out he's an ethnic German proto-fascist with an Anglicized last name, because I'd hate anyone to forget, that's all.
Anyway, when a bunch of GOPers went all yellow-bellied like, "Trump has got to drop out over this 'grab them by the pussy' comment because I have daughters/a mother/a girlfriend/a wife" I inwardly blanched, and hard, because who seriously wants his running mate? He's from hell. His name is Mike Pence and he's the real extremist on the GOP ticket..
The number of alleged sexual assault victims Trump will sue after the election (but not before) as part of his plan for his first 100 days in office is up to 17. Assuming Trump's conducted 3,500 lawsuits, if you divide that figure by the number of years he's been old enough to sue (49 - slightly more if you say the legal age to sue might be just 18) he's conducted an average of 71.42 lawsuits per year (1.4 new lawsuits every week), so fitting just another 17 into his obviously hectic and busy, if not downright bizarre court schedule should be a breeze, and what's another 17 more between judges who likely are already quite sick of him?
Time to crash course through what it all means. First of all, it's alright to be racist, xenophobic, slyly white pride, misogynist, accused rapist, sue-happy, authoritarian, contrarian, and basically just plain nuts, but it's not alright to brag of wanting to have an affair with some man's white wife? That crossed the line? Not the "grab them by the pussy" part (though if the theoretical pussies belong to white women, all the worse), not the other parts of the conversation (like force-kissing women without expectation of nor permission given for such moments), but the part where he chased some man's white wife was the part that - perhaps together with other rancid elements of the moment in question - blew the whole thing up.
When Hillary Clinton said, "Women's rights are human rights" and when people in general say, "Political correctness is just being polite and kind to each other, what's so hard about that?" they can point to Donald Trump for what not to do. A woman has a right to not get kissed without permission nor expectation that such a kiss will occur. A woman has a right to not be grabbed by her private parts without permission nor expectation even if some arrogant man fancies his fame gives him the right to grab whatever he wants, and a woman has a right to expect better of someone running for the top office in the US than him reducing women to objects which hold more objects which in turn can be trivially obtained.
Even if you go with the line that it was all just talk, I'll gander most men don't talk like that. Men who do, or who claim they or other men do, and women who back them up and claim women talk "even worse" without, most of the time, presenting evidence, are likely a small subset of the American population, which can get raunchy but doesn't generally delight in boasting about sex crimes in colorful, LOL terms, so when the rest of us either ignore people who claim such talk is normal or argue against their remonstrations, well, I guess that's how it goes.
As to being sexually assaulted but until others come forward keeping silent over fear of retaliation, fear of the predator's denials, and the shame and stereotypes foisted upon us by people of both binary genders should we tell what happened or report it to the police (usually out of the question, even now, given strong societal norms) I've had a few rounds of that. At least four spring to mind that were bad enough to remember over the course of my life. I reported zero of them. Only one fits exactly what Trump was talking about when he claimed he grabs women by the pussy, so I'll describe that.
I was in the eight grade, and so was he; I was white; he was black. I knew him only as a face and name in my homeroom. I was passing him in the hallway during class one morning, out on a hall pass, probably to use the bathroom and/or get a drink of water. I don't know why he was in the hall. I had never spoken to him besides to say Hi, and before I could even say that, as we passed in the hall he not only grabbed my pussy, he picked me up by it and carried me several feet away, attacking the area with strong, probing fingers through the cloth of my pants the entire time, before finally slamming me to the ground, laughing. Then he walked away, high on the moment, on what happened, on what he'd done. Proud of himself.
That was my introduction to sexual assault. While it would not be my last, it was by far the weirdest, if not scariest, incident I've endured.
While I probably eventually (and by "eventually", I mean north of 20 years later) told my mom, and while I could go on about why I didn't report it (you automatically assumed it was your fault, or would be made into being your fault, and that you should feel ashamed anyone felt compelled or able to touch you sexually, because somehow that reflected poorly on you or your ability to defend yourself - even when you were as blindsided by the act as I was) I'd rather focus on the fact that I was only 13 and had never been touched in a sexual way by anyone. It was not the way I wanted any first time to be, and again, I didn't even know him outside of homeroom and didn't want to.
So I wasn't out there asking him to, nor was I waving a sign saying, "Hey, come carry me around by my pussy for a minute, would ya?" I wasn't even talking to the dude, and I never had. I was in total shock, with no time to react. While I struggled to get away from him (which made the whole situation worse, forcing him to grab me down there even harder) until he chose to let me go, there was nothing I could do except scream. Which I didn't do. Because you were taught to be ashamed.
I wish I could tell you I handled it well afterward, but I didn't. I came to see cosmic revenge by God as my best bet - since no one human would ever believe me nor somehow avenge what he did - so I probably spent the better part of my downtime for the next few summers praying his house would burn down, with him in it. He was on my bus route so I knew the house. I watched him step away from it every day to get on the bus.
I feel bad now that I didn't have more Christian charity toward him, but it took me the better part of the next 30 years to begin feeling it. He never bothered me again, for what it's worth. And somehow I knew he never would.
Lest you think Trump's some wacky innocent who's simply had some bad sexytimes with his mouth (a predator in name only, not in deed) but is otherwise perhaps maybe I dunno, a good guy...you might think again. He cheated on his first wife, Ivana, who accused him of rape, to get with Marla Maples, who eventually - but only after they had a child out of wedlock - became his wife, has several allegations of sexual assault currently standing against him in court, and by his own mouth has admitted his sexual affairs would - not could - be the undoing of any eventual run for the highest office (this was said by him back in 1999, while comparing himself to Bill Clinton, because LOL that's a good comparison).
He also called Ken Starr a total wacko for his witchhunt against Bill Clinton and expressed sympathy for what Starr put Hillary through. You can get a full rundown here and here on Trump's about-faces concerning Bill Clinton's sexual scandals and even on Hillary's fitness for the presidency (hint: as recently as 2008, he said she'd be great).
He himself has admitted - or at least not disagreed - that he's a sexual predator who victimizes his targets, with one of those admissions made with his daughter Ivanka sitting laughingly by his side. So he's no stranger to the idea that he should have seen at least 17 accusers crawling out of the woodwork of shame he ensconced them in coming long before they did. Once he claimed in the second debate that he'd never acted on any of the brags and boasts he made in his 2005 Billy Bush tape, that's when women began coming out to say, "Oh yes, you did", and I don't blame them a bit.