These are the epithets that kick off a new ad running from the Our Principles PAC, founded by a former Mitt Romney campaign manager, that highlights the sexist, insidious, anti-women slurs spewed by Republican front runner Donald Trump. These are unacceptable statements coming from a would-be political leader. They are unacceptable coming from anyone.
That Trump is offensive is old news. It’s what, in part, has propelled him to such astonishing heights. He voices ugly prejudices held by many fellow citizens, and in so doing gives them permission to embrace their inner jackass. Yet to hear these sexist remarks read in quick succession nevertheless shocks, even while it suggests some of us still possess some quaint, naïveté. Trump hurls comments loaded with sexual abuse and innuendo, reducing women to rateable body parts, judging them, as befits a beauty contest producer, on their looks.
“That must be a pretty picture—you dropping to your knees.”
“It really doesn’t matter what they write, as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
“Women: you have to treat ‘em like shit.”
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