In the lead up to Sunday night’s debate president Barack Obama slammed Donald Trump’s “demeaning and degrading” comments about women and took aim at his deep-seated insecurity. Speaking at a campaign event for Illinois Representative Tammy Duckworth, Mr. Obama said that
“One of the most disturbing things about this election is the unbelievable rhetoric coming from the top of the Republican ticket. I don’t need to repeat it; there are children in the room. Demeaning women, degrading women. But also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled. Insulting our troops, insulting our veterans. It tells you that he’s insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office.”
The President was of course speaking of the recently released recording of Trump in 2005 bragging about his ability to commit sexual assault, which, along with a number of other recent revelations, has added to the mountain of evidence that Donald Trump is a violent misogynist. Obama added that Trump was revealing the true nature of his sadistically narcissistic character, saying “It tells you he’s insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down” and that “he doesn’t care much about the basic values that we try to impart to our kids.”
Obama is only the most recent political figure to attack Trump in no uncertain terms for his disgusting endorsement of sexual abuse. Although a shocking number of GOP leaders and voters have decided to continue to stand with Trump’s violent bigotry, the most recent controversy has led to an enormous schism in the party, with opportunistic Republicans abandoning their sinking ship in droves. Trump, in turn, has promised if elected to retaliate against those who don’t support him.
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James DeVinne is a student at American University in Washington, DC majoring in International Service with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia. He is a founding member of Occupy Baltimore and interns at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.