Not Just Locker Room Talk

Genevieve Wisdom, Reporter

In the midst of a bizarre presidential election, so many scandals have come to light it takes a lot to shock the voters anymore. However, one leaked video has sent the public into a frenzy. Twitter has been blowing up with furious responses from everyone from Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton to stars like George Takei and Zendaya. Even the Tic Tacs company got involved.

The video is, of course, of presidential candidate Donald Trump. In this particular video, he was caught saying saying lewd, sexual comments about women, including his soon to be costar, and bragging about sexually assaulting women. All of this happened while he was married to his third and current wife, Melania.

Trump claims to have tried to have sex with a married woman, saying, “I did try and f**k her. She was married.” He then proceeds to objectify the same woman; “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the phony t**s and everything. She’s totally changed her look.” Because this woman refused to sleep with him, he resorts to insulting her appearance. He also talks about making unprecedented sexual advances. He says, “You know I’m just automatically attracted to beautiful- I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.” He also claims that his fame lets him get away with it; “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” He openly says he does these things despite the women asking for it, he just does what he wants. Possibly the worst, he says he can “Grab them by the p***y.”

What Trump is describing is clearly sexual assault. Sexual assault is defined as “sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim” according to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Trump describes grabbing women by their genitals, and kissing them without hesitation, despite not having consent. He tries to justify it, however, by saying “This was locker-room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close,” an apologizing to those who were offended. He apologizes for making those comments, but never for his actions. He even denied that it was sexual assault at the second Presidential Debate. The case that Bill Clinton has said worse could be compelling. However Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about his affair and alleged sexual assault, and rightfully so. So when Donald Trump lies about his actions, he stoops to the level of Bill Clinton.

He also claims that this was “locker room banter.” Many pro athletes have retorted that they have never heard anything this offensive in a locker room, and they would never say anything of that caliber. Now, I understand that people may say questionable things in a locker room- it’s a vulnerable place. However, it doesn’t excuse sexual assault. Donald Trump was not only aggressively objectifying women, he was confessing to sexual assault, which is never excusable. However, the main reason the “locker room banter” argument is useless is simply because Trump was not in a locker room. He was in a bus with a microphone with a coworker heading to work. Not only is this kind of talk unacceptable in a locker room, he brought it into a professional setting. This comments caused the other man in the bus to be fired, and he didn’t claim to sexually assault anyone. However, despite a few Republican politicians pulling their endorsements, Trump refuses to leave the race. He said there is “zero chance” he will leave the race, and that he has “tremendous support.”

At the most recent and final debate, Trump said that the claims of him sexually assaulting women have been debunked. They have not. There have even been rumors that one of the women accusing him will soon come forward. The accusations are still out there. Even if these claims are debunked, we cannot have a president who not only talks about women in this disgusting, sexist way, but brags about sexually assaulting them. These actions are not only offensive, but threatening and dangerous. Do we really want a president who acts without thinking? Who says they “don’t even wait” before acting? Who says “You can do anything” when you’re a star? This language shows how reckless and uncaring Trump is about hurting others. No matter how much you dislike Secretary Clinton, Trump is dangerous and selfish and will ultimately hurt our country if elected.