Carol Robertson is a staunch Donald Trump supporter. When asked about the sexual assault and rape allegations her candidate of choice is currently facing, Robertson told a CNN reporter that she thinks these women need to “grow a set.”
“You know, it’s been a lot of years. Get over it,” she uttered, minimizing their experiences to nothing more than finding a strand of hair in a cup of soup.
While it’s jarring to hear a woman defend sexual assault, Robertson isn’t the only female who attends rallies for a candidate who has demonstrated on numerous occasions that he thinks of women as second class citizens who deserve to be called “fat pigs“, or worthless if he doesn’t consider them attractive.
Wisconsin voter Debbie Shields says she believes that Trump is a “loving and compassionate father who was chosen by God “for a time as this.” Another Wisconsin woman who only goes by Shirley also told CNN that Trump’s character flaws aren’t really that big of a deal. She believes Democrats “have no issues they can win on, so all they can do is try to pick on Trump and his character.”
When TYT field reporter Jordan Chariton asked an unidentified female Trump fan whether she would in the very least be happy about the possibility of Hillary becoming the country’s first female president, she replied “Absolutely not. I don’t believe there should be a woman President…I just don’t believe it should be female leaders.”
What I never seem to understand about feminist-bashing conservative women is their inability to see how ironic it is that they attend political rallies, share their opinions and cast their ballots when the America they’re nostalgic about wouldn’t allow them to do any of those things. If a woman thinks that females have no place in politics, why isn’t she the kitchen making her husband a ham sandwich? Women are not to be heard, right? And to be honest, I wouldn’t mind never hearing from someone that ignorant again.
With four days left until the general election, poll numbers indicate that Trump and Hillary are in a tight race. It’s sobering to realize that there’s a huge chunk of the U.S. voting population that doesn’t think of sexual assault as something horrendous enough to disqualify a presidential candidate. When the topic of rape culture comes up, conservatives love to claim it’s much ado about nothing. But the reaction, or rather inaction, to these rape allegations demonstrates how dominant rape culture is in America.
There have only been a few times when right wingers made a big deal about rape, and the most recent example had to do with the transgender community wanting to use bathrooms that they identify with. Think about how voraciously conservatives supported North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law that would clearly discriminate against the trans community because they “worried” about the possibility of females getting raped in bathrooms.
The possibility of rape in bathrooms was Governor Pat McCrory’s ridiculous fear-mongering argument in favor of the law even though there hasn’t been any evidence to support the claim. On the contrary, Trump has been caught on tape talking about groping women, and grabbing them “by the pussy” without their consent. While Gov. McCrory condemned Trump’s language as “disgusting” he hasn’t turned his back on Republican candidate.
Aside from the more than dozen women who have come forward accusing Trump of assaulting them, his own ex wife Ivana accused him of violently raping her in the late 80s after he was furious about the plastic surgeon she referred him to. Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen defended his client by arguing that “by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.”
“It is true,” Cohen added. “You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”
This election unequivocally proves that right wing Trump supporters don’t really care about the safety of women. Females have been a convenient prop to fit their discriminatory agenda, but when protecting them becomes inconvenient, the right kicks them to the curb. In fact, as soon as one of their own is accused of harming women in any way, they’re indifferent to say the least.
WATCH: Trump holds mask-optional Mount Rushmore rally and fireworks celebration
President Donald Trump left the White House during the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday to attend an Independence Day event in South Dakota.
Trump was told not to attend but did so anyway.
“Trump coming here is a safety concern not just for my people inside and outside the reservation, but for people in the Great Plains. We have such limited resources in Black Hills, and we’re already seeing infections rising,” the Oglala Sioux president, Julian Bear Runner, told the Guardian. “It’s going to cause an uproar if he comes here. People are going to want to exercise their first amendment rights to protest and we do not want to see anyone get hurt or the lands be destroyed."
One of COVID-19’s unlisted side effects: An increase in police power
As governments across the globe expand mass surveillance programs in the name of public health, activist and whistleblower Edward Snowden warns that we are watching them build "the architecture of oppression." Perhaps more insidious are new measures that simply expand the power and discretion of the police to "enforce social distancing" in the name of flattening the curve — many of which were passed swiftly in just the past few weeks.
Women on the frontline: Nurses are patients’ last contact before passing away
Every night, from their balconies and windows, the French publicly applaud healthcare workers and nursing staff on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19. In France, nearly 90 percent of nurses are female. So how are these women coping with this unprecedented crisis? FRANCE 24 spoke to four of them.
"For the moment, our most important mission is to help patients but if this continues, they will have to find cannon fodder elsewhere," said Leslie, a palliative care nurse in Marseille, working 12 hours a day to care for people at the end of their life.
Like all hospitals and clinics in France, her department is constantly receiving critical Covid-19 cases: "We have drastically reduced visits, so imagine telling families, who know their loved ones are at the end of their life, that they have no right to see them. Psychologically, this is incredibly difficult for us. We are their only contact before they die. "