In light of the recent monumental inauguration, I felt that the day couldn’t go unnoticed here on the blog. Whilst I enjoy sharing sweetness & light in the form of happy, inspiring posts about fashion, beauty and the home, I have always said that I want to discuss more hard-hitting topics too. After all, none of us live in a vacuum. Our lives are shaped by the world around us and I’m sure that this titanic event will truly have an effect on us all.
Without further ado, here are 5 truly stupendous quotes that have come from the horses mouth so-to-speak…
- “there has to be some form of punishment” for abortion if it were to ever be banned in the United States – and that punishment should fall on women
In a March 2016 interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Trump claimed that if abortion were to be legislated against, he believed that a woman should be punished should she receive one. He later backpedalled claiming that the medical professional carrying it out should be reprimanded. This does not negate however, the very fact that Trump is hoping to take away this freedom for women to decide what to do with their own bodies.
We’ve already seen the distressingly sad repercussions of anti-abortion laws based on Catholic ideals in Ireland when in 2012, Hindu Savita Halappanavar died due to medical complications after being refused an abortion.
I realise that abortion is rather a polarising, emotionally charged topic that incites much disagreement. However, I believe that a woman should have freedom to make decisions relating to her own body. Especially, the right to be able to request an abortion when her own health and life is at threat.
Why should the State be able to dictate that their own religious ideals, directly conflicting with her own personal beliefs, must apply to her and her body?
- that if his daughter were to be sexually harassed at work, “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company”
In a discussion with a USA Today columnist Trump expressed a keen understanding of the variety of obstacles women in the workplace face and the protections they deserve.
Couple this with his childish antics when he called an opposition lawyer “disgusting” for requesting a break to express breast milk. Or his belief that sexual assault is an expected consequence of allowing women to serve in the military. Can we really believe that the soon-to-be President of the United States is “going to be really good for women” as he so claims? Will he really be supportive and understanding of women’s rights? I don’t think so.
- on African-Americans: “In the good old days, this doesn’t happen because they used to treat them very very rough. And when they protested once, ya know, they would not do it again so easily…” [US Uncut]
The President Elect has time-and-time-again called on his supporters to despise and physically assault anti-Trump protesters, many of whom are people of colour. “If you see any somebody throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Just knock the hell out of them…I’ll pay for the legal fees, I promise.” [US Uncut]
What sort of person would ever get away with making these comments? This is the very definition of inciting a riot – “urging or instigating other persons to riot” and is a criminal offence. I would be appalled if a regular citizen made these comments, but I am absolutely outraged that someone running for President would. And that he would still be taken seriously by the electorate!
“These people are bringing us down, remember that they’re bringing us down… These are not good people. These are not the people that are going to make our country great…these are the people that are destroying our country.” And it is this kind of sweeping generalisation on a segment or segments of society that is the very reason we see so much racial hatred in the United States and why we are seeing movements such as #BlackLivesMatter gaining real traction.
US Uncut hit the nail on the head when they stated that whilst Trump’s comments might be shocking, he is in fact profiting from them rather than denting his reputation:
‘Trump spouts racist rhetoric, causing anti-racist activists to protest him. Then Trump encourages his followers to attack the protesters. This causes more activists to show up, until Trump rallies look more like two opposing armies on a battlefield, screaming and hitting each other while Trump cheers them on.’
In all honesty, I expect Mexicans will be rather glad of the wall Trump planned to build in the hopes that it might keep Trump out of their country!
- “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” [Donald Trump’s Twitter]
There is strong scientific research supporting the ‘concept’ of global warming and climate change and to believe that this is just a made-up story is farcical! NASA, a United States government agency, are contributing to research and evaluating the science behind global warming with varying evidence provided in order to support their theories. Rising sea levels, global temperature rise, warming oceans and shrinking ice sheets are all touted as evidence of this ‘concept’ amongst other scientific evidence. With a strong scholarly consensus surrounding the existence of global warming how can Trump willingly ignore it? What scientific evidence does he have to show us that global warming is but a figment of the Chinese imagination?
His disbelief will essentially result in zero steps taken to prevent or reverse climate change. In fact, given his particular affinity with oil tycoons and fossil fuel companies, he may in fact cause more harm to the planet. A planet that he shares not just with Americans and those that voted for him, but with all of us.
We should be worried.
- “Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.” [Donald Trump’s Twitter]
Trump is forever coming up with charming things to say about women, particularly successful and prominent ones. He frequently spouts rhetoric claiming women are only valued for their looks: “it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.” [Esquire] Slightly more worryingly, he claimed “if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” [The View]
Is it really true that all a woman has to offer is her looks? This only serves to enforce my understanding that he does not see women as equals. Nor does he believe in the female intellect or their ability to do a job just as well as a male counterpart.
And whilst I’m on the subject of women and his opinion of them…”all of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.” [How To Get Rich, 2004]
Don’t flatter yourself Donald!
Here’s hoping your new Presidential team will be taking the reins when it comes to your Tweets.
I know we can’t be all doom and gloom, and it’s important to share a balanced viewpoint, so look out for my next political post about the positive impact I’m hoping Trump might have on the world.
What do you think of the new President of the United States? Love or loathe? Let me know in the comments below!