There are still a few right wing hold outs that don’t want to hold Trump accountable for his statements about sexual assault. To hear them tell it, all Trump did back in 2005 was to use the sorts of language that all boys do “in the locker room.” And that’s exactly the sort of reasoning that Corey Lewandowski tried to use on CNN to silence all comments about it after the debate. That’s just how boys talk, he said.
But first of all, Trump was a 59-year-old man at the time. Just short of qualifying for AARP membership. Also, it wasn’t any sort of locker room. It was two grown men talking about women in a demeaning way. It also wasn’t just Trump saying that he’d LIKE to grab some poor woman by her genitals. Trump was saying that he does this sort of thing. That he walks right up to women and puts his hands on them without their consent and that he feels comfortable doing it because he’s rich enough and famous enough that he can lawyer his way out of it.
I’ve been in a few locker rooms myself and have said a few things that were a little off color, but I’ve never been in a locker room and heard anyone talking about how they casually engage in unwanted sexual contact with people and get away with it. Trump’s comments weren’t just about objectifying women – that would have been unpresidential enough – but what his comments really describe is the misuse of power for sexual gratification that is ultimately illegal.
And that’s just what CNN’s Van Jones points out to former Trump Campaign Manager. “He grabs them by the P word,” he said thrusting his hand forward, “that is assault, sir.” That was the end of the locker room defense for the remainder of the segment, though Lewandowski did continue to raise his voice and interrupt.
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