BuzzFeed reports: "Four women who competed in the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant said Donald Trump walked into the dressing room while contestants — some as young as 15 — were changing." Meanwhile, Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said that Republicans wavering in their support for Donald Trump should "stop pussyfooting around." A horrible choice of words, considering the context.
— Florida Democrats (@FlaDems) October 12, 2016
This is now the second report in a week that Trump made a habit of walking in on pageant contestants in various stages of undress, and bragging about how he “gets away with it” because he was the pageant owner.
It has become increasingly clear that Trump believes he is simply entitled to the bodies of women and girls.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, has been making the rounds in his defense. During an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, she decided the best way to talk about her candidate cavalierly bantering about sexually assaulting women was to say: “Enough of the pussyfooting around in terms of do you support us or do you not support us?”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 12, 2016
Conway evidently thinks her candidate’s ugly and dangerous words need more amplification. (She also imagines sexual assault wouldn’t exist if only women were stronger.) She is not taking this seriously, and neither is he.
Though Trump ostensibly apologized (only for the words, not the actions), he has undermined any sense of actual contrition by offering a running list of excuses for it and continually insisting it was just “locker room talk,” nothing more than a joke between men. Boys will be boys and all that.
And his campaign manager thinks turning that into a little fun wordplay is okay.
It is not. None of this is okay.
UPDATE: A disturbing new report from the New York Times on instances of Trump’s (self-admittedly habitual) unsolicited groping:
A woman sat next to Trump on a plane. About 45 minutes after takeoff, she says, the touching began. https://t.co/ZaE8dmHjYy
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 13, 2016
— Jay Yarow (@jyarow) October 12, 2016