Column: It's too late for Republicans to start distancing themselves from Trump
Trump supporter waits eagerly to hear presidential nominee Donald Trump speak at a rally in Phoenix on Saturday, June 18 at the Arizona Veteran's Memorial Coliseum. Hundreds in the crowd were sporting "Make America Great Again" campaign gear.
It seems that recently, a lot of people have—for the first time—taken offense to something that Donald Trump said—which doesn't make any sense to me.
In case you missed it, a recorded conversation between Trump and then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush revealed what Trump just can't help doing when he sees a beautiful woman. Trump "just start[s] kissing" and "[doesn't] even wait." While he doesn't specify what he isn't waiting for, it's been commonly assumed that he isn't waiting for the woman's consent to be kissed.
He continued on to say, "When you're famous, they let you do it." Trump thinks that if you're famous, a woman who doesn't want to be kissed will happily allow it. He thinks that his fame gives him the privilege to advance upon women in a sexual manner without receiving consent.
This is terribly wrong and horrifying. Many people are picturing their female loved ones when they hear what Trump said, and they're appalled when they imagine their loved one in that situation with Trump.
But here's the kicker: This is not unexpected or new behavior from Trump.
How did so many people stick around with Trump for so long and only just now come to the realization that he's not a good person? He's been degrading women and minorities all over the campaign trail. Who could forget his generalization about Mexicans, declaring that they're all criminals, drug carriers and rapists? Or his call for a "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" as a response to a global increase in terror-influenced attacks? Or the time he mocked a reporter's disability on camera at a rally?
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the nasty things that Trump has said about good American citizens.
It's good that some of the big-name Republicans are finally denouncing him and withdrawing their endorsements of him, but it should've happened after the first few, if not the very first, discriminatory comment.
President Barack Obama agrees. He condemned the Republican party for taking this long to realize that Trump might not be the best person to place in the oval office and further criticized those leaders who still endorse Trump even though they won't defend his derogatory comments.
"You don't have to be a husband or a father to hear what we heard just a few days go and say 'That's not right.' You just have to be a decent human being to say that's not right," Obama said.
President Obama is completely right.
No person, regardless of gender, religion, race or any other characteristic, deserves to be degraded for who they are.
The fact that Trump has been discriminating and verbally attacking American people since his campaign launched should have been enough to ensure his campaign's failure. I'll never understand how he made it this far when he's been speaking this way the whole time.
Regardless, it's good that so many people are finally seeing the terrible person that Trump is. Though it should've happened sooner, it's good that his pro-harassment and pro-assault comments are finally driving people away. A Trump presidency would equal at least four years of hate and discrimination.
In no way could this ever make America great again—that much has always been clear.
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