Donald Trump has said morally reprehensible things pretty much daily throughout the course of his campaign. Mexicans are rapists. Let’s ban all Muslims. Stop and frisk is great for Black people. He basically spews bile at every opportunity. You know the drill. (And if you don’t, here’s a pretty comprehensive list of Trump’s insults.) His latest spate of extremely problematic statements come to us in the form of leaked audio of married, 60 year old Trump proclaiming his love of groping women while media personality Billy Bush eggs him on. “Grab them by the pussy,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”
As has been the way of this election season, this “revelation” (can we even call something so on-brand as this a revelation?) came sandwiched between Trump insisting that the Central Park Five are guilty despite DNA evidence to the contrary and Trump implying that Hillary Clinton is somehow responsible for her husband’s affairs. I don’t know how you go about ranking the terribleness of the racist, misogynistic, hateful phlegm Trump expectorates, but I think it’s fair to say that the fact that Trump’s proud to be a standard issue dirty old man isn’t somehow worse than any of the rest of his toxic bile. It’s all troubling. It’s all terrible.
So why do I feel so profoundly exhausted and depressed about the conversations surrounding Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” casual misogyny?