By D’Anne Witkowski
At this point in the election, you hardly need me to point out that Donald Trump is a creep. He’s done so plenty of times himself.
Not only that, but even people like Glenn Beck are all, “Nope. He’s gross.” Trump is hemorrhaging Republicans faster than he can say, “Grab them by the pussy.”
Over and over again people are asking, “WTF? How did this misogynist, racist, ignorant circus peanut with a shower drain clog for a wig become the Republican nominee for President?”
But it’s really not such a mystery. Not if you’ve been following Republican politics at all. I’ve been closely watching this shit show for over a decade and I assure you that everything that’s happened in GOP Land has been leading up to this.
We’re talking about a party who has made it a priority to attack women, whether it be punitive reproductive rights laws, giving the middle finger to pay equality, or a collective shrug about rape culture. And now these clowns are all of a sudden upset that their nominee said, “Grab them by the pussy?” Fuck that noise.
Paul Ryan, for example, said, “Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified,” apparently unaware that speaking about women like they’re show ponies is itself objectification. And Ryan has finally said he can’t support Trump. Less than a month before the election.
The Republicans have been playing a sick and dangerous game of, “See no evil, hear no evil” when it comes to Trump for a year now. When he denigrated Muslims, that was okay. His racism was okay. Saying Mexicans are rapists was okay. Dabbling in anti-Semitic stereotypes was cool with his supporters. Fat shaming women? No problem. His complete lack of knowledge about how the government works? Totally fine. His refusal to release his tax returns? NBD. The White Power movement’s embrace of Trump? Hey, votes are votes, amirite? And then, of course, was his opposition to LGBT rights.
The list goes on and on. Over the past year Trump has been given carte blanche to say anything he wants and unlimited media coverage for all of the dumb shit that comes out of his mouth.
So to all of the Republicans who are just now realizing that their nominee is a steaming bucket of excrement, it’s too late. You’ve already stepped in it. This shit is all over you.
And make no mistake: You built this. Republicans have worked tirelessly over the years to demonize immigrants, to portray Muslims as terrorists, to deny voting rights to African Americans, to ignore and laugh off the institutional racism that fuels police shootings, over incarceration, and generational poverty. Not to mention the concerted effort to make the rich richer and make the poor poorer (and then punish poor people for being so gross and poor). This is the party that has been obsessed with what’s going on in America’s bedrooms and has mandated penis+vagina only sex, hold the birth control.
Add all of that together and you get Donald Trump. His is the face of the Republican Party, pussy grabbing and all.
The current Republican plan is to jump from Trump’s sinking yacht and put their efforts into preserving their do-nothing majority in the House and Senate so they can pussy-block President Hillary Clinton just like they cock-blocked President Obama. No matter how far behind Trump is in the polls come election day, we cannot afford to be complacent. Even if Trump’s Tower of Garbage is imploding, we cannot allow its architects to remain in power. Go vote. Grab the Republicans by the ballots.
D’Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and comedian living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.