Reactions To Donald Trump's 10-Year-Old Comment Show Voters Have Had Enough
After an 11 year old video of Donald Trump making lewd comments was released on Friday night, many voters seemingly reached their tipping points. But on Wednesday night, things went from bad to worse. According to CBS News, another vintage video of Trump making comments about a group of young girls was released, and the moguls alleged comments aren't just inappropriate this time — they're almost sickening. Many on social media seem to agree as reactions to Donald Trump's 10-year-old comment show that many voters have simply had enough.
Trump's comments from Friday's video pale in comparison to Wednesday's. If there ever was a reason for people to become upset about the way Trump allegedly speaks about women and girls, it should be at this time. In the 1992 Entertainment Tonight Christmas feature footage, a then 46-year-old Trump asks a young girl a question and then turns to face camera. "I am going to be dating her in 10 years, can you believe it?" Trump says. According to CBS News, the video was shot in Trump Tower. The Trump campaign did not immediately return Romper's request for comment on the video.
It is understandable that voters have had enough, many of them now taking to Twitter to share their reactions to the recently unearthed video footage and vent their frustrations with Trump:
New trump video. Even more disgusting. “I’m gonna be dating her in 10 years, can ya believe it?” pic.twitter.com/y2Kl7jUx87— Adam Shapiro (@adamshapiro) October 13, 2016
Just FYI, before Trump says differently...— Atticus Goldfinch (@AtticusGF) October 12, 2016
Men don't talk about dating 10 year old girls when they grow up.
Sexual predator do that.
the only shocking thing about Trump looking at a 10y/o & saying he'll be dating her in 10 years is that he didn't add "unless she gets fat"— maura quint (@behindyourback) October 13, 2016
Trump once looked at a 10 year-old girl and said he'd be dating her in 10 years.— Dave Pell (@davepell) October 13, 2016
Luckily, she'd be eligible to vote for Hillary in 8.
Donald Trump is something you’d scrape off your shoe.— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) October 13, 2016
Hillary Clinton literally has a plan to save the world.
This is not hard, people.
A 46-year-old Donald Trump looked at a group of 10 year olds and said he’d be dating one of them within 10 years. https://t.co/UGGuZy4xmO— Matt Viser (@mviser) October 12, 2016
breaking news: donald trump is a bad person. we now go live to the last 70 years, where the story is developing— Kris Straub ☠️ (@krisstraub) October 13, 2016
There's video of Trump remarking about a 10 year old girl: "I'm going to be dating her in 10 years." I'm speechless. https://t.co/cHFul7bjRs— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) October 12, 2016
Win or lose, Trump made our world uglier. I don't want any reality shows from him after this, no cutesy late night sketches. I want nothing.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 13, 2016
For those who question timing of Trump stories, ask yourself: Does timing make them any more true or false?— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) October 13, 2016
Looking forward to hearing Trump's surrogates tomorrow talk about how "all men" talk about ten year olds that way.— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) October 13, 2016
We always knew that Trump was awful. These audio leaks are just other forms of confirmation.— deray mckesson (@deray) October 13, 2016
The conversation is less than a minute long but it is unsettling to listen to. Sure, Trump made those comments in a joking tone. And in 1992, he could not foresee his political future and know that footage like this would be criticized. But even though Trump had the reputation of being a playboy billionaire and might have found the joke funny at the time, it's not garnering the same response 24 years later. It is not the kind of joke that goes over well with most people, as Trump's team is quickly discovering. Instead, it comes off as out of touch and crude, as so many social media users have argued.
All of Trump's comments toward women — whether from 24 years ago or 11 years ago — should be taken seriously. Yes, people do change. Yet, videos like these continue to be released in the weeks leading up to the election; Comments made about a young girl becoming a future wife are not an example of "locker room talk" and cannot be brushed off as such — people are beginning to wonder what else is hiding in the innumerable video archives.
If nothing else, these comments serve as an example of what not to talk about, anywhere or at any time. As videos like these continue to be released, voters will continue to react accordingly. People must hold Trump, a candidate for president of the United States, and all others accountable for their words — no matter what they try to argue.