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Chuck's Collegiate Politics: Trump's hurtful words feed into rape culture

I am tired of this election, I really am. It feels like we are in the midst of some Adult Swim cartoon every day.

Donald Trump is by far my least favorite person in existence after the past few months. I don’t think I can name one quality about him that I like.

After the audio clip that came out this past weekend, I have no respect for this man. Not that I did before, but he has made me realize that it is possible to dislike a human being this much.

The fact that he is still a serious candidate in this race disgusts me. The fact that he stated that he feels that social class can justify sexual harassment is repulsive. That isn’t locker room talk, it’s perpetuating rape culture.

For those who don't know what rape culture is, it is how society normalizes the act of rape and sexual assault undertones.

Now, I know a lot of you are probably thinking, “This kid is just spitting young, liberal rhetoric.” Yeah, kind of. I’ll continue to do that as long as the Republican nominee for president condones rape culture and is going on trial for assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 1994.

Let’s get into the thick of this. I am disgusted to live in a country where we are taking Donald Trump as a serious candidate. The GOP will say the same about Hillary, because, you know, emails are more serious than a man who tolerates this kind of sexist behavior.

Even within that, there is an obvious argument that rape culture exists on the left with the actions of Bill Clinton in the '90s. Those are also inexcusable at any account. The GOP and Donald Trump has tirelessly ripped into Hillary about her husband’s actions. But these audio files show how hypocritical of a man Trump can be.

His hypocrisy aside, I need to address the state of rape culture in America as a whole.

The sickening excuses made for people who partake in such culture is despicable. Celebrities, politicians, athletes and even everyday people are all able to get away with these actions because “boys will be boys.”

It’s time to end this madness. Now.

We can't carry on and just excuse this as "locker room talk." So as long as women are afraid to walk home alone, words like those are not just talk, they are verbalizations of the reason why they're afraid. They're the reason why guys will assume "she was asking for it." 

It's 2016 and we need to stop feeding into people who excuse such behavior. I am sick of it, I can't imagine having a man who perpetuates rape culture hold the presidency.

In the debate, Trump excused his remarks as "just words." For a man who gets offended whenever someone lashes out on him on Twitter, he of all people should know that words are not just words. 

What he is saying shows his true character.

Whatever, I'm sick of Trump. 

Chuck Greenlee is a sophomore studying communications and public advocacy at Ohio University. How do you feel about Trump's remarks? Let Chuck know by tweeting him @ChuckingAround.

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