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The Pussy Grabs Back: the Political Mess of this Weekend

Oct. 10, 2016
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As if we needed another reason to dislike Trump, this weekend was as messy as the thing on his head he calls hair.

If you're out of the political loop, this weekend was an onslaught of happenings from this wild presidential election. Firstly, a recording was released from 2005 of Trump crudely describing a sexual encounter with a woman, and how he treats women essentially as objects, in which he says, and I quote, "grab her by the pussy".

I'm truly at a loss as how to follow up on that sentence, but amazingly, this rabbit hole goes deeper. In response to his disgusting comments, writer Kelly Oxford took to Twitter and turned this whole thing around in a truly heart wrenching way. She shared her first sexual assault, and asked women to do the same to prove that rape culture is alive and thriving, especially in young girls.

Literally MILLIONS of women responded to the thread, bravely sharing their harrowing experiences. The thread brought about the hashtag #notokay and an amazing discussion about rape culture. Specifically: if this mile long Twitter thread doesn't convince you that rape culture exists, maybe the fact that a man can say things like "grab her by the pussy" and still be considered a viable presidential candidate will.

Other than the amazing discussion brought forward by Oxford, the only shining light that's come out of this is the fact that some Trump supporters are finally, FINALLY, seeing that maybe Trump isn't the best leader for our future. There have been reports of the released recording being the final straw for some of his supporters, and even though it's taken them way too long in my opinion (the disgusting things he's said about minorities and women in the past have blown past you but this put up a red flag? I guess beggars can't be choosers), they’re finally seeing the light. I think Rob Fee sums it up perfectly in this tweet:

As the icing on the cake to all of this, Sunday was the second presidential debate between Clinton and Trump. I'll be honest, I could only handle so much of this, because listening to Trump try to talk about actual problems and policies in our country is like listening to a scratched gramophone record of Hitler's speeches on repeat. But as expected, here's the gist of what happened: in response to undecided voters' questions, Clinton gave well thought out, insightful answers while being continuously cut off by Trump spewing nonsense, and handled it all like a champ. Honestly she deserves a medal for how respectful she's been while having to take that garbage carrot of a candidate seriously. Meanwhile Trump, as expected, gave "answers" that contradicted previous statements he's made while trying to tear down Clinton and creepily stalking behind her as she walked around the stage (I say "answers" in quotes because it's so hard to get a straight one out of that guy).

As usual, glorious memes have saved this train wreck of a debate. If #notokay hasn't given you at least a bit of a relief from this continuous mess Trump has created, then these responses to the debate should.









I'm exhausted. I'm sure you are, too. I still cannot believe that this is an actual, serious thing that is happening in our political world, and that so many of the crazy stuff that Trump has done are real life events that have occurred in 2016. The only call to action I have is to tell you to get out there and vote. Please make sure you are registered and ready for the final election, because we much as we share memes and tear Trump down on Twitter, the only true thing that will stop him is all of us coming together and voting to make sure that rotten bagel never steps foot in office.


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