March 24, 2023

America is facing one of the toughest decisions in the presidential election. How do you vote when the world is against both nominees?

Millennials are fully involved in social media, where both campaigns are running ads, supporters of either party make their voices known and political memes circulate.

Circulating recently through the news and social media are Donald Trump’s comments about women. Several women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault by Trump and it has rocked his campaign. Yet the GOP defends their nominee.

Regardless of your political party, regardless of who you plan on voting for in November, how does someone like that remain in the light of the political stage? Trump stated the allegations were “preposterous, ludicrous and defy truth, common sense and knowledge.” Accusations of sexual assault are taken seriously in the real world, so why not the political one?

During the Bill Cosby scandal, the man nearly lost his career. Why shouldn’t this be the same? Some will argue it is because Cosby was not running for president, but is this the man you want leading your country, your daughters?

Trump supporters defend him on national television, comparing Trump’s comments to Beyoncé lyrics. Betsy McCaughey, the Republican former lieutenant governor of New York and current adviser to Donald Trump, took to CNN to defend her party’s nominee. In an article on Quartz, the interview is recounted where McCaughey stated, “I abhor lewd and bawdy language,” to CNN’s Don Lemon. “I don’t listen to rap music. I don’t like that kind of thing.”

Lemon said many are not fond of rap lyrics, but those artists are not the ones running for president.

Naturally, people took to Twitter to express their thoughts regarding the issue, reacting to McCaughey’s statement with shock and confusion. McCaughey continued to make appearances on CNN where she argued the Clinton campaign is failing because it is running on political correctness.

“She has said she’s going to make sure that men talk respectfully to women,” McCaughey said. “That whites are taught to show more humility in the presence of blacks, that chubby beauty queens won’t be fat-shamed, that illegal immigrants will feel welcome and that people who disagree with her will be labeled bigots, racists, homophobes, xenophobes and other deplorable names.”

She went on to disregard Trump’s comments on the bus as nothing more than “locker room talk.”

The issue with brushing off those comments as nothing more than “locker room talk” is generalizing men into beings who look at women as nothing more than objects. By using the term “locker room talk,” Trump and his supporters are saying that degrading women is something all men do in the locker room among one another.

However, those men that do talk like that are not the ones running for president.

Regardless of where your vote is going, realize that defending a presidential nominee’s actions by comparing him  to someone who isn’t running for president is not a valid argument at all.

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