"Trump has been accused of sexually assaulting twelve women and a thirteen-year-old girl. The allegations range from groping and kissing women on the lips without their consent to ripping out chunks of his ex-wife Ivana’s hair while raping her. Although Trump has denied the accusations, his own words provide critical context for his denials. At a campaign rally in October, Trump invoked a classic rape culture trope by suggesting that one accuser was not attractive enough to assault. “Believe me,” he said, “she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you. Man, you don’t know. That would not be my first choice.
On January 20, 2017, a man who has violated and humiliated so many women will be exalted to the highest elected office in our government. In the meantime, all Americans must grapple with what that says about our culture and what it teaches our young people. The threat of Trump’s presidency is not only normalization, but glorification of misogyny and sexual violence—just as Trump has normalized and glorified bigotry and vitriol against immigrants, Muslims, Mexican-Americans, people with disabilities, and people of color.”
Associate Professor of Law, Washburn University