With dozens of prominent Republicans and millions of voters across the country continuing to stand by Donald Trump even after his despicable bragging about sexual assault was revealed last week, many have been left to wonder if Trump really could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose support. For at least one congressman, that seems to be more or less the case.
Blake Farenthold (R-TX) was asked on MSNBC Tuesday night if he would revoke his support for Donald Trump if the nominee admitted he had raped someone – which, by the way, is far from a theoretical possibility. “That would be bad,” the congressman replied nonchalantly, “and I would have to consider – I’d consider it.” He then went on to discuss whatever dastardly deeds the GOP has recently decided to blame Hillary Clinton for.
Someone on Farenthold’s staff must have at least a smidgen more humanity than the representative because he later apologized halfheartedly in a series of tweets. The first instinct, however, was to disgustingly deny the seriousness of rape and thereby insult millions of victims throughout the country.
Rape is inexcusable and indefensible and the fact that statement is an “opinion” in the current political climate shows just how ingrained men’s sense of entitlement towards women is in the country. Someone for whom rape is not a disqualifying characteristic in a president is so thoroughly steeped in rape culture as to be dangerous. If it weren’t so frightening the delusion of someone for whom rape is easily brushed aside as a mere slip-up – at least for white men – but using a private e-mail server is the epitome of evil would almost be comical.
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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.