Donald Trump has certainly been taking over the internet and television with his, uh, interesting run for the Republican presidential nomination. Known for his accusatory and crude remarks about everyone from Jeb Bush to Rosie O’Donnell, it has been almost impossible to go a day without hearing someone talking about his latest offensive statement.
A few days ago, I was sitting in an airport terminal, checking my Twitter and getting ready to board my flight, when I see these tweets of his from 2013:
I’m sorry- what? This epidemic of military sexual assault is expected because the government decided to treat men and women as equals and allow both to fight in the military?
I could probably write thousands of blog posts about what is wrong and horrible about these statements, and maybe one day I will. But right now, I want to shed light on something equally as appalling: Donald Trump is not the first politician to make such horrifying remarks that perpetuate the cycle of rape culture. In fact, he is a part of a long line of politicians and members of the legal community who have made such remarks. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
- “[Rape is] simply, like, nobody plans to have an accident in a car accident, nobody plans to have their homes flooded. You have to buy extra insurance for those.” -Barbara Listing, president of the Michigan Right to Life on why abortion coverage should be purchased as its own individual policy, including for victims of sexual assault or incest
- “[The sexual assault victim] was as much in control of the situation [as the perpetrator, and was] older than her chronological age.” -Montana Judge G. Todd Baugh on his decision to sentence a 54-year-old teacher to only 30 days in prison after being convicted of raping a 14-year old student
- “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” -Republican Representative Todd Akin responding to a local news interviewer’s question about whether he believes abortion is justified in cases of rape
- “If [sexual assault] is inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.” -1990 Texas Republican gubernatorial nominee Clayton Williams during to reporters and press while holding a cattle roundup on his ranch