“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” – what then U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump said about then Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly after she asked him about a number of highly insulting comments he has made about other women
“Nobody respects women more than I do. Nobody!” – Donald Trump
A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted March 8th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
“One of the hardest parts of this is all those little girls who are going to have to wait four more years.” – U.S. Senator for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren, on March 5th, the day she ended her candidacy for whatever now passes as the U.S. presidency, on all of the “little girls” she met on the campaign trail who hoped she might be their country’s first woman President.
“I moved on her like a bitch. … “I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.” – Donald Trump, from the infamous 2005 Access Hollywood tape of him bragging about what he can do to women, released weeks before the 2016 presidential election where millions of Americans went out and elected him President of the United States.
This Sunday, March 8, 2020 is or was, depending on when you read this post, International Women’s Day – a day placed on the calendar more than 40 years ago by the United Nations to celebrate women and to raise public awareness about the ongoing struggle to end gender abuse and discrimination.
As the sun rose on this International Women’s Day, one of the first things that came to mind for me was the was the well-attended and very highly moving of women’s struggles and achievements that the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce hosted in Niagara Falls, New York a few days earlier, on Friday, March 6th.
Then my thoughts turned (as I know those of at least a few of the women attending the Niagara Falls event did) to the day before, on March 5th, when Elizabeth Warren, the last serious female candidate running for U.S. president this year on the Democratic Party side, spoke to reporters on the lawns of her Cambridge, Massachusetts home to made it official – that she was ending her presidential run because she could no longer see any path forward to victory.
As I watched Warren announce her departure, live on one of the American cable channels, I was struck by the amount of decency, dignity and strength (so uncommon in U.S. politics these days) that she showed. The one time she looked like she was about to break down in tears was when a reporter asked her what kind of a message it is for the country that there are no longer any serious female candidates running for president in her party.
That is when Warren talked about the many little girls she met on the campaign trail who looked up to her as a role model. And that’s when she spoke the words I quoted above, that “one of the hardest parts of this is all those little girls who are going to have to wait four more years.”
That is amazing, when you think of it. The United States, that has so long prided itself in being “the world’s greatest democracy,” remains one of the very few democracies in the world that still hasn’t had a woman holding the highest office.
Even relatively new and sometimes rocky democracies like India and Pakistan have elected female leaders, and as recently as this past year, Finland celebrated the election of the youngest female prime minister in the world with the swearing in of 39-year-old Sanna Mirella Marin.
As for Canada, we had a female prime minister named Kim Campbell for about six months in 1993, before we scurried back to the men . Maybe we should talk the Green Party’s Elizabeth May in to coming back and try for another.
How does Prime Minister Elizabeth May sound to you?
Now I digress.
The point is that a number of democracies – Canada, Germany, and Great Britain, included – have already had women presidents, chancellors and prime ministers.
Yet, here is the United States – now just a few years she of its 250th anniversary as an independent democracy – with what Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was generous enough to say himself; with “two old white guys” (himself and Joe Biden) left running on the Democratic side.
Then, on the Republican side, there is another old white guy who, as a U.S. presidential candidate in 2016, and as the country’s president now, is beyond any compare when it comes to the way he has gone out of his way publicly to insult and sexually objectify women, and to generally treat women – especially women who criticize or challenge him – like human garbage.
Even as the first reports circulated earlier this March that Elizabeth Warren was about to announce she was leaving the presidential race, rather than acting the least little bit presidential himself and wishing her well after caring enough about her country to run, he could not resist insulting her one more time, in a racist way, with the name; ‘Pocahontas.’
None of this disgusting behaviour seems to matter though with literally millions of Americans who make up the female segment of his so-called base, and who are often heard proudly calling themselves; “Trump girls.”
Even after the infamous Access Hollywood tape was released, just weeks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, these so-called ‘Trump girls’ voted for him anyway – someone of them using the excuse that he is no better or worse than former U.S. president Bill Clinton who was caught having his way with a White House intern.
Really? Even if it is true that he is no better or worse than Clinton, if you were that disgusted with the way he treated women, why would you want another one like him in the Oval Office?
I’ve heard some Americans say that Trump’s supporters are willing to loop past his disgusting and at least sometimes even dangerous behaviour because the economy seems to be doing well and the value of their stocks are up.
Their stocks are up? Is that all that the soul of their country, and their own soul, for that matter, is worth?
The presidential election Americans face this year – 100 years after women in that country finally won the right to vote – may be the last chance to win back the soul of the country. There are many people out there, including many American friends I know, who are having nightmares about what the consequences will be for the United States and the rest of the world, if Trump win’s another four-year term as president.
Hopefully, there are still enough women in the United States and enough voters in general, to make damn sure that doesn’t happen.
To watch a video that was made last year, when Elizabeth Warren launched her campaign for the presidency, click on the screen below –
Now, for all the ‘Trump girls’ out there, contrast that with the infamous Access Hollywood tape and some of the filth that comes out of the mouth of the individual who now holds the highest office in America, click on the following screen. –
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