Star Trek legend and LGBT activist George Takei took to Twitter today to slam Donald Trump over his deplorable “grab her by the p*ssy” remark. Trump tried to explain it away by saying it was just “locker room” banter, but Takei called it out for what it is – the expression of toxic masculinity and American rape culture.
When Trump says it’s just “locker room talk,” he’s defending the very culture that normalizes sexual assaults on women.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 8, 2016
This is not “locker room banter.” This is not idle tomfoolery or male camaraderie. Donald J. Trump is the living expression of rape culture and white privilege rolled into one. His sense of entitlement is so outrageous he feels that it’s acceptable for him to force himself upon women, that women are objects devoid of feelings or agency that he is free to use for his own pleasure when he pleases.
He speaks of just “kissing her…I don’t even wait,” giving the woman no option to consent or else pressuring her until she gives in. Joking about sexual assault normalizes it and desensitizes us to horrible, traumatic crimes that occur in the United States every 109 seconds. Donald Trump is a sexual predator that cannot be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office.