A Christian Woman's Response To Donald Trump
We recorded our podcast for this week's discussion regarding women's rights prior to the comments Donald Trump made in 2005 became public. While there were still plenty of other issues to discuss on the podcast, which you can listen to below, I wanted to take a moment and personally respond to the controversy that has taken place since along with Mr. Trump's remarks.
More Than Words
What Trump said was more than just words and certainly cannot be justified as "locker room talk." I have heard men discuss a woman they find attractive before or even a woman they have been out on a date with, but his conversation does not fall into either of these categories. Trump's comments were extremely inappropriate, and not just because he is now running for public office. He bragged about sexually assaulting women, about his belief that because "he is a star" he can get away with it. Then he justifies his behavior in his "apology" by saying that his words do not compare to the actions of the Clinton's. I have a six year old who fights the same way — "But mom, she did it first!"
When No One Is Watching
There's an old saying "Integrity is what you do when no one is watching." I believe that can also be applied here. Trump thought he was having a private conversation, to which he admitted, so the words he spoke he never anticipated anyone else to ever see/hear. There have been many claims regarding how Trump views/treats women throughout this election; I've heard examples from Rosie O'donnell to Alicia Machado to Heidi Klum, etc. At the end of the day, the private conversation he had when his guard was down and he did not believe the cameras were rolling speaks more to me than the thousands of hours he has been on CNN/Fox News/et al.
Dear Republican Christians...
I know I'm not popular when I say that I cannot in good conscious support Donald Trump as a viable presidential candidate (and that was before these comments became public). I've heard the same argument that he tried to present, that his short comings do not compare to the crookedness and pure evil of Hillary Clinton. I've heard that all of us are flawed. I've seen memes of how God used David—a man after God's own heart—even after he committed adultery. Did we forget the part of how David repented? Or how he faced severe repercussions for his actions?
Setting An Example
Regardless, I don't want to debate who is the better candidate, the purpose of this post was to respond to Trump's comment regarding women in light of our discussion on women's issues. So, I leave you with this thought: What if it was your daughter that he "moved on"? Would it still just be a "locker room" conversation that should be left in the past? What example is he setting for your sons and daughters if he is elected president? Sure, it's a campaign video and they are meant to be bias, but this video came on the other day when my daughter was in the room. She heard the voice of the man who may one day be president demeaning women based on their appearance and I saw her face drop. Again I will say, these are more than words.
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