By Drue Wigton //
In 2015, Donald Trump publicly said “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” about his rival Carly Fiorina.
On ABC’s “The View” in 2006, Donald Trump said “… she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” about his daughter, Ivanka.
In an interview with Howard Stern in 2016, Donald Trump said “I’ve known [her] from the time she’s 12, her parents are friends of mine, and the first time I saw her she walked into the room and I said, ‘Who the hell is that?” about Paris Hilton. If it’s not painfully obvious, our current president has a poor track record when it comes to publicly speaking about women.
Figure: An example of Trump using his twitter to attack women
As a woman living in this country during the Trump administration, it was honestly appalling to see the different effects this past 4-year term, and another possible 4-year term, had/ could have on our rights. I’m currently sitting on my couch during election day and thinking about everything that president Trump has said and done over the last few years. There’s a lot, and it has carried over into this election as well. There continues to be remarks made by Donald Trump that are blatant attacks against minority groups. It’s crazy to think how the president of the united states is supposed to be the representation of the people, and how this president falls way too short of that.
As of right now, Donald Trump has 26 sexual assault allegations made against him, including sexual harrassment, physical groping, and rape. Although this should be a painfully obvious problem, these allegations are often shut down and ridiculed by many. What are these reactions supposed to tell us about a woman’s voice in America? There is such a double standard when it comes to women speaking out about their experiences, and for this to be reflected in the United States government is abysmal, in my opinion.
When it comes to the actions taken by Donald Trump to suppress the rights that women have already fought so hard to have, there’s a lot of examples. When it comes to access to healthcare for women, Trump has done many things to limit the current access granted. He has supported legislation in favor of blocking insurance plans that provide abortion services, he has cut funding for different family planning programs, and not to mention the appointment of multiple people (i.e Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Mike Pence…) who are openly against women’s healthcare rights such as contraceptives and abortion. It has been interesting to see how this platform has been able to use “All Lives Matter” to their advantage, but fail to recognize the lives that they put in danger/neglect when it doesn’t fit their narrative.
The Trump Administration’s actions have had an insurmountable effect on our rights as women in America The degrading words used by Trump to describe women not only dehumanizes us in the face of his supporters, but it causes others to view us as less professional, less intelligent, and ultimately lesser than our male counterparts.
Although the results of the election are still not in, and it seems like we’ve been waiting on Nevada for years, this election has proven to be one of the most influential elections that we have seen in history. Not only is Biden 4 million votes ahead of Trump in the popular vote, meaning that a Trump victory would yet again be fueled by the electoral college, but the outcome of this election has a huge future impact on this country, and the divide between the people as a whole. I have hope for this country, and I can only cross my fingers that my hope is reflected in the decisions made by our government. But like Donald Trump said about women in the New York Magazine in 1992, “You have to treat [women] like shit.”