Trump video scandal
One of the most debated and discussed topics in this Presidential Campaign is Republican Nominee Donald Trump’s treatment towards and comments about women.
Around the time of the second Presidential debate, an Access Hollywood video was made public, during which Trump was having an off-the-record conversation with Billy Bush. His words described kissing and groping a woman. Many interpret the conversation to be describing sexual assault.
He issued a public apology shortly after the release of the video.
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” said Trump. “I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than decade old video are one of them…I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”
He concluded his statement by citing other issues, such as Bill Clinton’s assault of women and Hillary Clinton’s attempts to cover up the scandal.
At the first primary debate in August 2015, he was asked by Fox anchor Megyn Kelly about speaking his mind about women. She said, “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,” to which Trump replied, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
The feud rekindled a year later after O’Donnell’s tweet was posted saying, “He will never be president,” and celebrities who had worked with the actress in the past banded together against Trump’s claims.
However, in multiple Presidential debates, Trump has said, “There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do.”
Before the release of the Access Hollywood video, Trump had 28 percent of national women voters; now he has 24 percent. However, the women within this 24 percent continue to cite their reasons why he should be elected President. The hashtag #WomenWhoVoteTrump has gained popularity among women in the Republican Party.
According to CNN, one tweet read, “#WomenWhoVoteTrump are tired of corrupt politicians, Washington elite, Celebrities telling us who to vote for, MSM bias, the establishment.”
Despite the decrease in women voters for Trump, he still has quite a following. The hashtag alone has received thousands of uses. The election on November 8 will show how Americans have been impacted by the politician’s words.