Use Mother’s Day To Reflect on Trump’s Legacy of Abuse Towards Women

Use Mother’s Day To Reflect on Trump’s Legacy of Abuse Towards Women
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George Payne, founder of Gandhi Earth Keepers International.

A graduate of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, George Cassidy Payne  is a SUNY Adjunct Humanities Instructor. He serves on the National Council of The Fellowship of Reconciliation, the nation’s oldest peace and justice organization. In 2014 he founded the online educational resource called Gandhi Earth Keepers International.

 

Use Mother’s Day To Reflect on Trump’s Legacy of Abuse Towards Women

This Mother’s Day I am going to take some time to reflect on the president’s views and comments about women.

In 2013, Trump tweeted that military sexual assault should basically be expected because men and women serve in the military together.  Matt Lauer gave Trump an opportunity to restate his comments in a forum hosted by NBC. Trump said. “Well, it is a correct tweet.”

About journalist Megyn Kelly, he said she had “blood coming out of her wherever” after she questioned Trump for having demeaned women as “fat pigs” and “dogs.”

About Carly Fiorina, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he said: “Look at that face!” “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” About reproductive rights, he said, “there has to be some form of punishment” for abortion if it were to ever be banned in the United States — and that punishment should fall on women.58c2fd1a1d000037037cdc10

During the debates, Trump mocked Clinton for being a few minutes late returning to the stage during a Democratic debate saying, “I know where she went, it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it.”

After Clinton challenged Trump on his history of criticizing women’s looks and bodies, focusing on the specific example of Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe who says Trump called her “Miss Piggy” (after she gained some weight) and “Miss Housekeeping” (because she is Latina), Trump defended fat shaming Machado, telling “Fox and Friends” that “she was the worst we ever had.” “She was a winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and we had a real problem,” he said. “We had a real problem with her.”

Even more appalling are is the Robert Ailes crimes. The former CEO of Fox News, was accused by many women of sexual harassment, including former news host Gretchen Carlson. But Trump defended Ailes, telling “Meet the Press”: “I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them.”

And there is that infamous Access Hollywood video.

Put bluntly, on January 20, the nation collectively witnessed the most public act of domestic violence ever recorded. Trump is an abuser. His words are abusive. His actions are abusive. His policies are abusive. His history with women is marred by abuse. His taking the oath sanctioned this abuse and made women all over the world less safe.

Consequently, the scholarship of domestic violence advocates is more urgent than ever. As Lundy Bancroft once wrote:

The abusive man’s high entitlement leads him to have unfair and unreasonable expectations, so that the relationship revolves around his demands. His attitude is: “You owe me.” For each ounce he gives, he wants a pound in return. He wants his partner to devote herself fully to catering to him, even if it means that her own needs—or her children’s—get neglected. You can pour all your energy into keeping your partner content, but if he has this mind-set, he’ll never be satisfied for long. And he will keep feeling that you are controlling him, because he doesn’t believe that you should set any limits on his conduct or insist that he meet his responsibilities.


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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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