While the media has been trying to make sense of Donald Trump Jr.’s appalling “gas chambers” remark earlier today, somebody went through his Twitter feed and discovered this little gem.
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) September 15, 2016
There’s so much to unpack here, it’s hard to know where to start. The misogyny, of course, is classic Donald Trump. Women! All they do is talk about women-stuff like babies and diapers! Then there’s the symbolic choice to describe women as moving around in “herds,” like chattel, whose only value is for the pleasure of men and to take care of the living disruptions which are Trump’s children.
The elder Trump has made it very clear that he believes a woman’s only value is in her attractiveness and has a long history of exploiting women, whether its the models he smuggled into the country for his modelling agency or all the wives he divorced in quick succession.
Trump Jr’s comment – physically incapable – also dehumanizes women, discarding her ambitions and agency and reducing her to a simple-minded fertility-obsessed creature, an inferior being incapable of higher thought and not worthy of the same respect that the Glorious White Male deserves.
Then there’s the question of what he means by “birth pregnancy.” Overall, it just goes to show that this is the kind of person that Donald Trump has sired – a silver-spoon fed self-entitled douchbag who sees women as cattle and finds it appropriate to make Holocaust jokes to the media. He may have just had his Romney “Binders of Women” moment – and we can’t let him off the hook for this.
And just to put it in perspective…
Trump is saying that calling women “bimbo,” “fat pig,” “dog,” “piece of ass” was…fun for both parties. https://t.co/iq678gNp6F
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 15, 2016
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.