Saturday Reads: Let the Record show that Donald Trump is a textbook Misogynist and Racist

31C71AEC00000578-3473482-image-a-31_1456945973359Good Afternoon!

It seems we’re finally getting a few journalists to investigate the appalling human relations history of Donald Trump and his well-documented racism and misogyny. The Republican party is lamenting this  because he’s their official standard bearer now. They would love to continue using code words instead of blatant bigotry. The rest of us better hope and pray that a few of the lemmings stop long enough to read up on  the man that is prepared to lead them over the precipice.  There is absolutely nothing redeeming about him.

I’m going to focus on some fairly long and intense investigations of Trump’s treatment of women as well as the astounding role that white identity politics is playing in this race.  None of these links are easy to read but every one should read them and share them.

Donald Trump’s campaign cannot stop attracting white supremacists.  Last week, David Duke argued that he would make a great Vice President candidate and “life insurance.” It’s very difficult to ignore that politics of “whiteness” and white resentment is an essential part of the Trump campaign.  (H/T to Jslat for this great link.)

But then, there’s the liberal commentator Jonathan Chait’s recent essay at New York Mag, “The Real Reason We All Underrated Trump,” in which he openly wonders whether Republican voters who’ve fallen for Trump are “idiots”:

“Most voters don’t follow politics and policy for a living, and it’s understandable that they would often fall for arguments based on faulty numbers or a misreading of history. … As low as my estimation of the intelligence of the Republican electorate may be, I did not think enough of them would be dumb enough to buy his act. And, yes, I do believe that to watch Donald Trump and see a qualified and plausible president, you probably have some kind of mental shortcoming. As many fellow Republicans have pointed out, Donald Trump is a con man. What I failed to realize — and, I believe, what so many others failed to realize, though they have reasons not to say so — is just how easily so many Republicans are duped.” 

It’s telling that Chait finds it easier to imagine that huge swaths of Republican primary voters are childlike and naive, rather than folks who quite rationally dig Trump’s direct appeals to their interests — their racial interests. Among Trump’s most notorious policy proposals is a moratorium on Muslims entering the country. He has called Mexican immigrants “rapists.” Maybe we should concede that these declarations are not incidental to his appeal among his supporters, but central to them. Calling them “idiots” posits that they’ve been duped, when perhaps Trump is saying precisely what they want to hear.

When Trump’s supporters aren’t being written off as intellectually incapable of knowing a huckster when they see one, their motivations are often ascribed to their being “working class.” But the working class today is nearly 40 percent people of color — and among people of color, Trump is profoundly unpopular. His coalition is nearly entirely white. Even the class part of the “working class” narrative is inaccurate; Trump’s supporters are wealthier than most Americans, and have higher incomes than supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The “working class revolt” explanation for Trump’s rise is overstated — and it can be a useful dodge to avoid talking about explanations involving racial grievance.

There have been outlets and pundits this election cycle who’ve shown they’re willing and able to dig into the role that racial grievance plays in How Trump Happened. Others haven’t, and continue not to. And that’s a problem.

The one thing that both the Sanders campaign and the Trump campaign have done for those of us that can see intersectionality of gender identity, sexual preference, religion, and race with justice, jobs, and opportunity is demonstrate that we have a serious cjones08082015problem in this country.  White, christian, male grievances are on display in each of those campaigns to the detriment of discussion of  actual issues. White straight male privilege shouts, screams, and violates everything that this county built on the idea of a melting pot based on representative democracy, and the idea of liberty and justice for all.

Trump’s treatment and characterizations of women should’ve been an automatic disqualifier for any political candidate. We’ve seen elected officials lose elections for all kinds of incredible comments about rape, women’s reproductive organs, and the role of women in society.  Donald Trump’s misogyny is part of his overwhelming appeal to white men who resent women.

Whiteness has always been a central dynamic of American cultural and political life, though we don’t tend to talk about it as such. But this election cycle is making it much harder to avoid discussions of white racial grievance and identity politics when, for instance, Donald Trump’s only viable pathway to the White House is to essentially win all of the white dudes.

cjones09122015This is piggybacking on Trump’s racist and bigoted comments on Mexicans, Muslims. and Black Americans.  Trump holds special contempt for women.  (The first two cartoons come from the mind and pen of claytoonz.com .)

Republican frontrunner and presumptive nominee for president Donald Trump once said that “smart women” act “feminine and needy” but that on the inside, they’re “real killers.” It is, he advised men, “one of the great acts of all time.”

On Friday, CNN pointed out that the description comes from Trump’s chapter on women from his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback.

“The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers,” wrote the erstwhile reality TV star. “The person who came up with the expression ‘the weaker sex’ was either very naïve or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part.”

Trump has taken heat for his sexist attacks on women over the years from comedian Rosie O’Donnell — who he called “fat,” “disgusting” and “a dog” — to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who the candidate said was unfairly “aggressive” with him in a televised debate and then accused her of being on her period.

The Boston Globe went after Trump’s behaviors in the Beauty Pageant Business and the resulting stories are horrifying.  This is a good summation of the evidence by The Daily Mail.

It begins with the recollections of a pin-up model named Rhonda Noggle. 

Noggle joined Trump in his limousine with a group of scantily-clad girls as they left the Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room.

Upon hearing the ‘bimbos’ and the ‘gold diggers’ comments, Noggle decided she’d had enough.

‘I told him I would rather be with a trash man who respected me than someone who was a rich, pompous ass,’ she told the Globe.

‘And I got out. And I took a cab ride home.’

Trump, in an interview with the Globe, denied he had ever made the comments and doesn’t recall Noggle getting out of the car.

As the Globe put it, ‘Noggle’s assertion of sexist behavior by Trump foreshadowed allegations of misogyny, racial bias, and sexually aggressive behavior that would roil this brief and fractious deal – Trump’s debut in the pageant business in which he would in time become a major player.’

You can read the Globe’s April 17th expose at this link. It is amazing to me that stories of unwanted fondling and harassment actually were the basis of the only business where he’s had success. 0811wassermancolor

Trump’s involvement in the calendar model competition came at a time when his reputation as an eligible New York ladies’ man was at its peak. He was between his first and second marriages, and his personal life was regular fodder in the New York tabloid gossip pages. Two years earlier, he had been featured on the cover of Playboy magazine.

The case of American Dream Enterprise Inc. v. Donald Trump, et al. — told through hundreds of pages of court records, several sworn depositions, and in nearly two dozen interviews — shows a darker side of Trump’s playboy image.

It foreshadows a reputation for sexism and misogyny that sticks with him nearly 25 years later, in his presidential bid, in which coarse descriptions of women and perceived sexist comments have left him with extraordinarily high unfavorable ratings among women.

The foray into the Calendar Girls pageant, however, also ushered in Trump’s interest in the business of entertainment. He later bought the Miss Universe pageant and gained national renown for his reality show, “The Apprentice.”

“I don’t believe there would have been an ‘Apprentice’ if there wasn’t a pageant first,” said Jim Gibson, a consultant and longtime pageant host who guided Trump into the pageant business and eventually to the Miss Universe event. “That got him in the higher hierarchies of the television business. And it did exactly what Donald wanted to do: It built his name.”

4221396001_4801061240001_4801034125001-vsThe coverage of Trump’s records of sexual harassment is well-documented in The NYT’s feature article “Crossing the Line.”  It will bring back every horrible memory of every woman trying to earn a living and it will bring on every horrible nightmare every parent has of the kind of treatment they never want hoisted on their daughters.

Donald J. Trump had barely met Rowanne Brewer Lane when he asked her to change out of her clothes.

Donald was having a pool party at Mar-a-Lago. There were about 50 models and 30 men. There were girls in the pools, splashing around. For some reason Donald seemed a little smitten with me. He just started talking to me and nobody else.

He suddenly took me by the hand, and he started to show me around the mansion. He asked me if I had a swimsuit with me. I said no. I hadn’t intended to swim. He took me into a room and opened drawers and asked me to put on a swimsuit.

–Rowanne Brewer Lane, former companion

Ms. Brewer Lane, at the time a 26-year-old model, did as Mr. Trump asked. “I went into the bathroom and tried one on,” she recalled. It was a bikini. “I came out, and he said, ‘Wow.’ ”

Mr. Trump, then 44 and in the midst of his first divorce, decided to show her off to the crowd at Mar-a-Lago, his estate in Palm Beach, Fla. “He brought me out to the pool and said, ‘That is a stunning Trump girl, isn’t it?’ ” Ms. Brewer Lane said.

Donald Trump and women: The words evoke a familiar cascade of casual insults, hurled from the safe distance of a Twitter account, a radio show or a campaign podium. This is the public treatment of some women by Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president: degrading, impersonal, performed. “That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees,” he told a female contestant on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Rosie O’Donnell, he said, had a “fat, ugly face.” A lawyer who needed to pump milk for a newborn? “Disgusting,” he said.

But the 1990 episode at Mar-a-Lago that Ms. Brewer Lane described was different: a debasing face-to-face encounter between Mr. Trump and a young woman he hardly knew. This is the private treatment of some women by Mr. Trump, the up-close and more intimate encounters.

Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey have documented a life long obsession with and oppression of women by Trump.  Read it and prepared to be angry.

Documenting all of the horrible things that Trump has said about women on Howard Stern led Chris Hayes to tell Michael Steele that he really would love to read each one and ask each Republican on his show if it represents his beliefs and the beliefs of the Republican Party.  The Stern comments are a case study in misogyny.

Donald Trump’s rise toward the Republican nomination has been fueled, in part, by his candid and often crude style — more Howard Stern, say, than Mitt Romney.

And the roots of Donald Trump’s rhetoric come, in fact, in part from The Howard Stern Show. Trump appeared upwards of two dozen times from the late ’90s through the 2000s with the shock jock, and BuzzFeed News has listened to hours of those conversations, which are not publically available. The most popular topic of conversation during these appearances, as is typical of Stern’s program, was sex. In particular, Trump frequently discussed women he had sex with, wanted to have sex with, or wouldn’t have sex with if given the opportunity. He also rated women on a 10-point scale.

“A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10,” he told Stern in one typical exchange.

Women make up a majority of the American electorate, and any of dozens of Trump’s remarks would be considered a severe blow to most candidates for public office. Trump has, in the Republican primary, proven largely immune to the backlash that the laws of gravity in politics would predict, but there are also suggestions that he has a deep problem with some women voters: 68% of women voters held an unfavorable view of Trump in a Quinnipiac poll released in December. In a Gallup poll also released in December, Trump had the lowest net favorable rating out of all the candidates among college-educated Republican women. And should he win the nomination, his comments are sure to become ammunition for Democrats against what they have long cast as a Republican “war on women.”

Trump has a history of making crude remarks toward women. He reportedly said of his ex-wife Marla Maples, “Nice tits, no brains,” and more recently, he has called Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly a “bimbo” and a “lightweight” and said she had “blood coming out of her wherever” during the first GOP debate.

It’s really hard to believe that one of the two major political parties can elect such an Donald-Trump-tweet-Hillary-Clintonincredibly flawed, hateful, misogynistic, racists, and bigoted candidate.  It is said that parts of  the Republican Party are still trying to draft an independent candidate.  The problem is that it’s not because of Trump’s statements towards women, people of Muslim faith, or people of racial and ethnic minorities.  It’s because some of the things he says are seen as too liberal, to dove like, and not really ‘evangelical christian’ enough.  This means they’re fine with the misogyny, bigotry and racism.

Two central figures in the draft talks are Kristol, who edits the Weekly Standard, and Erickson, a talk-radio host. While Kristol acts as a lone operator and has huddled privately with Romney and other Republicans, Erickson leads an organized group with former Senate staffer Bill Wichterman and others called Conservatives Against Trump, which has been meeting regularly for months.

Coburn, known for his fiscal conservatism, and Sasse have been atop the group’s recruit list for some time. Wichterman is among those who have reached out to Coburn. Friends of the 68-year-old former senator said he is listening but is unlikely to pull the trigger, in part because of health concerns.

Earlier this spring, Kristol had his eyes on Mattis, who is revered by conservatives for his public break with the Obama administration. The general, now a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, met for several hours in mid-April with Kristol, Wilson and GOP consultant Joel Searby at the Beacon Hotel in Washington to go over how a campaign could work.

But soon after, Mattis backed away from the idea because he wasn’t ready to risk politicizing his reputation with a campaign that had little hope for success, according to two people familiar with his deliberations who requested anonymity to discuss those conversations. Mattis declined through a spokesman to be interviewed.

Kristol then reached out to Romney asking for a meeting to ask for his assistance. The two met May 5 at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Washington where they talked about possible contenders. Kristol detailed their discussion the next day to The Washington Post, which irked some Romney associates.

When asked this week to comment on further developments, Kristol declined.

“These conspiracies for the public good are time and labor intensive!” he wrote in an email. “In any case, things are at a delicate stage now, so I really should keep mum. Suffice it to say that serious discussions and real planning are ongoing.”

Potential candidates include a newbie Senator from Nebraska who is really a horrifying person all in his own right.   Sasse is an ideologue with some fairly strange ideas . c9a0fb89b7e82e00791282a6e5ae83ce

So what is a “Ben Sasse,” and how did he arrive at this wrong conclusion?

Sasse was elected to the Senate in 2014. In that cycle of Establishment vs. Tea Party Senate primaries, it was unclear in Nebraska which candidate, Sasse or former state Treasurer Shane Osborn,represented which side. It was such a muddle that FreedomWorks, one of the original national Tea Party organizations, switched its endorsement to Sasse after originally endorsing Osborn, prompting theresignation of one of its vice presidents. Since coming to the Senate, Sasse has amassed an arch-conservative’s voting record. He was recently the lone dissenting vote against a bill to combat opioid abuse, which he believes is a state- and local-government issue.

We’ve talked that the general election will get very ugly because it’s obvious that Trump is not shy about playing all the cards in his deck of hate.  I hope this kind of information continues to get out to the public.  Given Trump’s disapproval among women, women will be behind Hillary.  There is very little chance that his racist comments and ability to attract white nationalists will appeal to any racial minority.  This is the deal, however.  Whatever are we going to do with those white men and the few hangers on among them?  It’s not easy to ignore the privileged class.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

As always, this is an open thread.  Please share everything and anything!!!


46 Comments on “Saturday Reads: Let the Record show that Donald Trump is a textbook Misogynist and Racist”

  1. ANonOMouse says:

    I’ll be the first to admit that I underestimated Trump, or perhaps a better way to put it was I overestimated the decency of people who voted in the GOP primaries. Still, I don’t think Trump is bullet proof. I think the problem has been that most of what happened and most of what was said at the GOP debates and in Trumps rallies is unknown to the public at large. All most folks know is that Trump says over the top things and that he’s a TV personality. That being said, I don’t believe Trump can keep his ship afloat during the GE where he’s dealing with the entire force of a Democratic Party that will expose everything they know about him. We already know it ain’t pretty!!!

    I also know to expect the worst accusations imaginable against Hillary, but their problem remains what it’s always been, smears and second hand gossip aren’t facts. Trump on the other hand will have to deal with the facts that will be presented against him.

    Now if Bernie will just get the hell out of the way we’ll get on with the annihilation of Trump and the Inauguration of Hillary.

  2. janicen says:

    To my mind, Ivana’s horror story about Trump tearing out handfuls of her hair and then raping her should be enough for anyone. What concerns me about the sheer volume of the disgusting tales of his treatment of women is that people can so easily become inured to it. One or two stories can get people’s attention but too many stories and people get bored with it.

  3. Truthdig has an article up today calling for Bernie to join forces with the Green Party, and it even implies that Jill Stern should move to the veep slot and allow Bernie top the ticket. It explicitly calls for Bernie to NOT endorse Hillary.

    Truthdig is the most dishonest, biased site imaginable and it purports to be (surprise, surprise) the Truth Teller in all things left of center. While, for me, the article evokes Mouse’s dead horse gif, I actually know people who read the site and swallow their vitriol hook, line and sinker.

    I copied the link, but I cannot bring myself to paste it.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      You mean this one?

      And Truthdig is detestable. Also, I can’t imagine Bernie falling for the notion of having a chance as a Green Party Candidate. That would only deliver the election to the GOP and Bernie would be a bigger pariah than Ralph Nader. Plus that would effectively end his Senate career. The Democratic Party would remove him from all of his committee assignments and he would lose all those juicy field trip perks.

      Here is a list of the committee assignments the Democratic Party has given to Bernie

      Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Budget.
      Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. …
      Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. …
      Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. …
      Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

      • Thanks, Mouse. That’s the one! (I have to scroll it off the screen really fast so it doesn’t give me a headache. It rivals Bernie in that regard.)

  4. My most serious concern is the sidelining of the down ticket contests. I believe Hillary, as president, will work her heart out to build and support the infrastructure within the Democratic Party to ensure gains happen in mid-terms as well as presidential election years. That’s the long game I see her playing, and I don’t see anyone else (Howard Dean’s 2004 efforts aside) with the vision and talent to accomplish that goal.
    It amazes me that people complain about how dysfunctional government is while electing a majority of candidates, at both state and federal levels, who explicitly promise to sabotage government function.

  5. Jslat says:

    I’m so amazed and perplexed by the praise Dirty Donald gets for “speaking his mind.”. When that mind contains such biased, hateful, disgusting garbage, what is ” refreshing” & “honest” about spewing that garbage in public?
    His supporters will ignore or forgive any reasoned explanation of his misogyny or racism because he says what they think. No appeal to them will change them. BUT they are not the majority thank goodness.

  6. Jslat says:

    Speaking of white supremacists and nazi tactics, Sheriff Joe in AZ is one step from possible criminal changes for racial profiling. Wonder if that will make him change? NOT!

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/14/478050934/in-racial-profiling-lawsuit-ariz-judge-rules-sheriff-arpaio-in-contempt-of-court

  7. janicen says:

    Has anyone else received their Woman Card from the Clinton campaign? I’m bummed because I gave them an extra $10 outside of my monthly contribution just so I could get a Woman Card and I got a nice thank you letter with a request for more money but no Woman Card. I emailed them but no response. My daughter sent them some money after I did, I’ll see if she gets hers.

    • earlynerd says:

      I just checked on when I ordered mine: April 29th. The reply email said four to six weeks (!) so between May 27th and June 10th for me.

      • janicen says:

        Okay, so maybe it’s the same for me. I think that’s around the time the whole thing blew up. Thx.

        • NW Luna says:

          Yep, that’s what they told me. 4-6 weeks. Does seem odd they can’t print & ship faster.

          • Jslat says:

            They were deluged with requests for the card. It really hit a nerve with women. Also, brought in many, many newdonors to HRC campaign.

  8. Pat Johnson says:

    No question: Donald Trump is a very sick man. The danger is in not recognizing his mental instability, This man is a mental case.

    His bragadaccio, hubris, vindictive language, vulgarity, should be enough to convince the average voter to consider this man holding the keys to the nuclear codes.

    And I would not be surprised to discover that the Clinton campaign does not trust Bernie to go rogue and run as an Independent which is why they are treating him with kid gloves. Would not put it past him as he seems drunk on his new power.

    This election is taking its toll on everybody and November can’t come soon enough,

  9. bostonboomer says:

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  10. Sweet Sue says:

    The whole transgender bathroom brouhaha reeks of Karl Rove.
    Remember when he made sure that gay marriage bans got on the 2004 ballot in swing states?
    This is a minefield for our girl; what are your thoughts?

  11. Jslat says:

    The really scary part of Dirty Donald’s “speaking his mind” is the effect as president it would have on the economy andnational security. This week his comments on the national debt alone would have caused chaos in the financial global markets.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/donald-trump-2016-debt-comments-213891

    • Jslat says:

      And yet on Face the Nation, the Bern was touted as the likely winner in OR!! Also, heard that Clinton was sloughing toward the nomination!!!

      WTF! She will never win in the media’s eyes.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        They have to make it look like it’s still a race or they lose the attention of the public. The only reason Bernie is even in the race is the media, especially NBC/MSNBC, has given him so much coverage. They will not report it’s over until Bernie leaves the campaign trail.

      • Jslat you hit it just right. That is the kind of news items that really piss me off. I’ve taken to posting pictures and quotes with a “fuck” theme on my Facebook. Fuck it, fuck off, people shooting middle fingers. It is my way of protest against all this shit. Bernie, Trum, Media, Bernie supporters etc.

        • ANonOMouse says:

          Buck Fernie!!!!

        • Jslat says:

          JJ have to share this with you! When I read your Bucket of Shit post, I started thinking of 2008 election primary. Obama was referred to as an “empty suit.” Your post made me envision the Bern & Drumf as suits full of shit. Just saying 😊

    • ANonOMouse says:

      These actions remind me of the Ron Paul/Libertarian voters that used the same tactics at the State Conventions both in 2008 & 2012. I’ve said from the beginning that a lot of the Bernie voters are former Ron Paul supporters.

    • janicen says:

      The violence and intimidation are Republican tactics and it’s made me realize something. I think the Republicans are holding something over Bernie’s head which is keeping him in the race. The only people who will benefit from a violent, contested Democratic convention are the Republicans. Bernie can contest all day long and he won’t secure the nomination. This insanity in NV is over such a paltry number of delegates it really makes me think that the end game is not to take the nomination away from Clinton, that’s a done deal. This is about reinforcing the “Clinton’s baggage” meme and showing voters that there is supposedly violent resistance to Clinton. The only question is, what do they have on Bernie? Is the the FEC stuff? Maybe the Republicans are the ones stalling the FEC investigations into Bernie’s shady campaign and they are threatening to proceed with the inquiry if Bernie gives up.

      Something is keeping Bernie in the race and it’s not that he thinks he has a chance of winning.

  12. Nevada Convention looks horrible. I think it was a mistake for Hillary Clinton in 2008 to have nominated Obama by acclamation, because it left her open to these Bernie Bros to attack her and are now on a Party SMEAR campaign to damage her beyond the primaries. They are yelling corruption and that she stole/rigged the convention in Nevada. She has more votes than Bernie and if anyone stole anything it is Sanders who isn’t even a registered Democrat and is concurrently running for the U.S. Senate in Vermont.

    Apparently there was a fight, someone is on the floor, paramedics called and a near riot. The act of intimidation is on. We need to tell the people about Bernard Sanders’ less than great voting record, where he refused to introduced HR676, where he did introduce a bill to dump nuclear toxic waste in a primarily Mexican community in Texas and that their limited taxes shows his family benefited from via Jane Sanders…this I believe is the reason we MAY NEVER SEE their tax returns. I think someone needs to demand public access on the companies’ records and file a complaint in regards this nuclear waste disposal bill as it reeks of direct benefit.

    I have had enough of this torch and burn Sanders campaign against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. Enough of “WHICH HILLARY”, etc. ENOUGH!

    • ANonOMouse says:

      And the good news is that in the end, they lost and they’re going to keep losing!

      • Yelling they will kill Democratic Chair Roberta Lange as they rushed the stage and someone in periscope saying”Someone will die there tonight”?

        Sorry, Benard Sanders doesn’t get a pass on doing a hostile take over of a party, because they can’t organize one. His top brass is linked both to Putin and Karl Rove. Need I say more!

        • Jslat says:

          I read that it was the hotel that requested that everyone leave not the Democratic officials. The videos and tweets from a SANDERS supporter are pushing a different story to stir up more trouble.

  13. Jslat says:

    Again, hold on to your hats, it’s only going to get rougher! And uglier!

  14. MsMass says:

    “French female ministers decry sexual harassment”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36297081
    A familiar story.
    And for encouragement:
    http://bluenationreview.com/busting-the-myth-of-the-closing-hillary-trump-race/

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