Reactions To Donald Trump's Conversation With Billy Bush Are Rightly Angry
If you think Donald Trump is scary when he's scripted during his numerous rallies and campaign events, you'll think he's downright petrifying when he's unscripted. On Friday, The Washington Post acquired a tape of Donald Trump and Access Hollywood host Billy Bush talking in an extremely misogynistic and dangerous way about women from an off camera recording in 2005. And, unsurprisingly, those who have listened to the tape have plenty of reactions to Donald Trump's Billy Bush conversation.
Starting, of course, with Trump himself, who followed up a terrible discussion about women with a terrible answer attempting to divert attention away. Said Trump, "This was locker room banter. A private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended." (Billy Bush, for his part, deleted his Twitter.)
But, really, in what locker room do people hear banter like this? Said Trump in the recording:
Wait, there's more.
So, there you have it — our possible future president's view on consent.
Needless to say, Twitter came out in full form following the Washington Post recording. Many that use the social platform for humor went straight to jokes:
TRUMP: I don't see how this hurts me— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) October 7, 2016
CONWAY: *we see smoke like in the cartoons from running away so fast*
MAKING AMERICA GRAB YOUR PUSSY AGAIN— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 7, 2016
While others used their fact-checking skills to see if Trump's statement held merit.
I'm now in a locker room and can confirm that Trump's "locker room banter" defense is not playing well among locker room banterers.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 7, 2016
But, for the most part, the response was (rightfully) incensed. After all, considering the language Trump used in the recording shows a lack of consent — during a time when one in six women are sexually assaulted during their lifetime, according to RAINN — it's terrifying to think that a man who so mistreats 51 percent of the population is so close to the White House.
The Trump tape...Do you know how real this is for women? That we never know who talks like this after we leave a room? I feel so sick. Sick.— Mo Ryan (@moryan) October 7, 2016
When I vote next month I'm going to let out a blood-curdling battle cry when I hit that button.— Aly Semigran (@AlySemigran) October 7, 2016
This was not a lewd conversation. This was a man who is running for president saying that sexual assault is OK if you are famous.— Dodes 濾 (@racheld) October 7, 2016
Hey, @realDonaldTrump, there's a thing called consent and grabbing women "by the pussy" & kissing them without asking or waiting isn't it.— Alexi McCammond (@leximccammond) October 7, 2016
BEING A CELEBRITY DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO ASSAULT WOMEN. https://t.co/fT8H3t74lx— UltraViolet (@UltraViolet) October 7, 2016
"But like, really, SHOULDN'T the President have the right to grab whatever pussy HE wants?" - some men.— Alicia Lutes (@alicialutes) October 7, 2016
Offended by the way Trump talks about women? Let's take a quick look at how we've been talking about Hillary.— Rhea Butcher (@RheaButcher) October 7, 2016
For 30 years.
Happening already: press treating this as pearl-clutching over “vulgarity” instead of anger at an assdouche who doesn’t see women as human.— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) October 7, 2016
Considering the second presidential debate is on Sunday, this is hardly the last we'll be hearing about the leaked conversation. And, already, Hillary Clinton has released a statement on Twitter, speaking for the 51 percent of women everywhere reading Trump's words.