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

With Mother’s Day approaching, I think it is worthwhile to revisit some of the president’s words 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.
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.”
Worst of all, there 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 let’s not even go into the 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 with women is marred by abuse.
As domestic violence writer Lundy Bancroft wrote: “An abuser can seem emotionally needy. You can get caught in a trap of catering to him, trying to fill a bottomless pit. But he’s not so much needy as entitled, so no matter how much you give him, it will never be enough. He will just keep coming up with more demands because he believes his needs are your responsibility, until you feel drained down to nothing.”
Photograph by George Cassidy Payne

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