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.
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.