By electing Donald Trump, America has voted that culture of sexual assault is okay

Trump who has unapologetically boasted about his predatory exploits —“They let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the p#*sy!” — has been elected President of the United States.

Written by Radhika Iyengar | New Delhi | Updated: November 10, 2016 3:39 pm
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Donald Trump is the President-elect. Forty-eight hours ago that idea seemed unfathomable, to some even preposterous. But not to him. Over the last one year, Trump had been painstakingly building an angry, overtly misogynist, bigoted and racist machinery of supporters, because he knew that somewhere that resonated with the pulse of America. And now, it was time to reap the benefits. America had finally brought him to power.

Watch Video- Trump’s Crude Remarks Against Women

Trump who has unapologetically boasted about his predatory exploits —“They let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the p#*sy!” — has been elected President of the United States. By doing so, America sent out a strong message to its citizens – sexual assaults on women are “OK”. Feeling them up without their consent is not a big deal. If Trump, who is soon to become the official representative of the nation, can do it, so can anyone else.

And that is a very dark and disturbing wake up call. It’s a wake up call reminding us how deep-rooted misogyny is in America. Throughout Trump’s public history, he has exhibited a complete disregard for women. He has objectified them, scored them on a scale of 1 to 10, reduced them to animals by calling them “pigs” and “dogs”, and stated that pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers. He feels that women have no right over their bodies by calling abortion (barring scenarios relating to “rape, incest and life of the mother”) unpardonable. He has man-interrupted his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton during the Presidential debates, suggested that Clinton didn’t have the “stamina” (invoking her gender) to hold the highest office in America, and later hurled an insult her way by calling her a “nasty woman”.

Yet America picked him – a man who has indirectly spoken about the size of his genitals on a public forum. And in doing so, America turned its back on a candidate who has spent her entire political life advocating that “women’s rights are human rights”.

Trump’s rise to power has not only overturned the American political establishment, it has obliterated the entire progress made by women activists who have tirelessly fought to eradicate the thinking that women’s bodies are public property. Trump’s rise to power undoes every progress made by sexually assaulted survivors who have fearlessly stepped up to talk about their assault. Trump’s rise to power shows that America has absolved him of the unforgivable sexism he has consistently, unabashedly displayed. It gives the perverse an unconditional ticket to follow the footsteps of their newly-elected President.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a scary thought.

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    IML sood
    Nov 10, 2016 at 4:05 pm
    Why the news reporter shows her stupidity without knowing any reality but blindly believing the statements of those planted women by Democrats to win women votes as their President candidate was a women.People sitting in far away countries can hardly give fair judgment on the wisdom of Amercian people and better they keep their views for their good in the country they live.
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      Dan Patel
      Nov 10, 2016 at 11:45 am
      I thought that was done when America elected Bill Clinton as president. I am not sure why you are igmonring that small fact?
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        Sampat
        Nov 10, 2016 at 12:43 pm
        Unfortunately, far worse has happened in India in last elections, where some people basically said it's not only ok to kill innocents but we enjoy as long as they do not belong to "us". Where "us" is an evil mentality fueled by violent hate and bigotry.
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          Prakash H
          Nov 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm
          Hey moron. Dont cloud issues with your perverted judgement. Trump was preferred because of his openness and honesty in many issues. lt;br/gt;He is preferable any day to a Hilary who took a bribe of $ 25m from Soddys and another from Q'taris to sell the USA to Arabs.lt;br/gt;Research who is HUMA ABEDIN, the Saudi minder of Hilary, she comes from an Islamic terror linked family!lt;br/gt;IF HILARY HAD BEEN ELECTED, we would hv seen an ISLAMIC STATE OF AMERICA by 2030!
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            Jimi
            Nov 10, 2016 at 12:24 pm
            Ms Radhika ji, it is their culture and why these women did not worry then and waited till this time. Understand this and read other comments to know more and see your article again.
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              manian
              Nov 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm
              America has chosen Trump in the hope of a better future.Every human being has a personal sideand it is indecent to play it up when you choose him for office.The media in US indulged in excessive character ination to the point people got fed up with it.It has boomernged .
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                Manu USA
                Nov 10, 2016 at 1:43 pm
                Everyone knows Trump is corrupt n womanizers. But Clinton did same. IMO, most of politicians r corrupt n womanizers. May be few good like Vajpayee n Modi.
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                  Lalit Mohan
                  Nov 10, 2016 at 2:13 pm
                  Y do media support muslims who do flash trade of women?lt;br/gt;Open kothas in their area.
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