Trump, Huckabee and the Republican attack on women
Donald Trump regularly makes disparaging comments about women, while Mike Huckabee proudly defends forcing pre-teen rape victims to give birth to their rapist’s child. While all of this disgusting discourse is being blasted through all forms of media, the Republican party has the unearned gall to claim that the war on women was cleverly crafted by Democrats to discredit the right-wing.
It’s a classic case of conservatives refusing to take ownership of their own disdain toward women, and unless they realize how backwards they are when it comes to women’s issues, they’ll experience a repeat of 2012 with savvy female voters avoiding them like the plague.
Recently Mike Huckabee spoke with CNN’s Dana Bash about a 10-year-old girl in Paraguay who became pregnant after she was raped by her own step father. Since Paraguay is an incredibly conservative country that has banned abortion in nearly every circumstance, the girl wasn’t able to terminate the pregnancy and recently gave birth. In Huckabee’s world, officials in Paraguay did the right thing.
“Let’s not compound a tragedy by taking yet another life,” Huckabee told Bash. “A 10-year-old girl being raped is horrible. But does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child? And that’s really the issue.”
Huckabee fails to mention that both the physical and mental well-being of a child as young as 10 is in danger when she is forced to give birth to her rapist’s baby. Not only does the girl have to decide what to do once the baby is born, she has to deal with a 9-month pregnancy and fight through constant reminders that she was brutally raped.
There are also many complications that could occur when someone so young is giving birth, meaning that the girl could have died during delivery. Anti-choice purists like Huckabee never seem to consider the life of the mother when supporting abortion bans.
While Huckabee pushes to force women to have babies they might not even be able to support financially, he’s also in favor of cutting governmental programs that would support new mothers. For instance, he doesn’t support mandatory paid maternity leave. In essence, life is precious to Huckabee as long as it’s in a womb. After birth, that baby better find some bootstraps and stop relying on government cheese.
Then there’s circus clown Donald Trump. He attacked Megyn Kelly for asking him reasonably tough questions during Fox’s Republican debate by saying she had “blood coming out of her whatever.” Shaming women for having menstrual cycles is as classy as him calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals” in the past.
The latest misogynistic vitriol to come out of Trump’s mouth was directed to supermodel Heidi Klum. During an interview with The New York Times, Trump randomly took it upon himself to claim that Klum is “no longer a 10,” as if he’s the ultimate arbiter of attractiveness. Homeboy looks like a troll took a massive dump on his head, and he has the audacity to criticize the way women look?
Here’s a helpful hint to Republicans who are currently hoping to become the next President of the United States: learn from the not-so-distant past and stop antagonizing women with your hateful language and invasive policy ideas. Part of the reason why Republicans lost big in 2012 was because they alienated women by focusing all their attention on the culture wars. You’d think they’d learn from their mistakes, but they’ve only compounded them.
Finally, I’d like to share a helpful hint to women who vote for Republicans: stop voting for people who clearly have no interest in serving your best interests. You’re not property, and you should have access to family planning options so you decide your own destiny. But if you’re into creepy middle-aged men telling you how to live your life, go ahead and support the red team.