Shortly after Donald Trump’s “Grab ’em by the pussy” video was made public, a slew of women came forward and accused the then-presidential candidate of sexually assaulting them. The misogynistic right (and the Russians) elected him anyway and now he is squatting in the White House. So, that is what made it especially icky on Friday when Trump officially declared April, Sexual Assault Prevention Month.
Sexual assault crimes remain tragically common in our society, and offenders too often evade accountability. These heinous crimes are committed indiscriminately: in intimate relationships, in public spaces, and in the workplace.
“Too often evade accountability,” does he mean like…himself? The guy who said “grab ’em by the pussy” sure as hell never got held accountable- he won the fucking election. And when the women came forward and said he assaulted them, he lashed out and called them all liars. But Trump isn’t the only one that has had to deal with scandal in his administration, anybody remember Trump’s bro, Rob Porter, The Wife Beater?
Trump’s declaration today was not something he thought up all on his own. He didn’t suddenly decide that he cares about the victims of sexual assault. He isn’t being some superhero trying to fight for what is right; he is merely carrying on a legacy cemented by President Obama.
In 2009, Obama became the first president to declare the month of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The former president, who actually cared about survivors of the heinous crime and who has never been accused of hurting women, declared:
We can lead this charge by confronting and changing insensitive attitudes wherever they persist. Survivors too often suffer in silence because they fear further injury, are unwilling to experience further humiliation, or lack faith in the criminal justice system. This feeling of isolation, often compounded with suicidal feelings, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, only exacerbate victims’ sense of hopelessness. No one should face this trauma alone, and as families, friends, and mentors, we can empower victims to seek the assistance they need.
When Obama spoke out for survivors, we all knew he was being genuine. And when Trump pretended to give a shit today, we all saw it for what it was: another of his many instances of gaslighting America.
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