Olivia Harvey
October 15, 2018 9:12 am

On October 2nd, President Trump gave a speech in which he mocked the Senate testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. While the crowd laughed and cheered, Trump attacked Ford’s account of the alleged sexual assault perpetrated by then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And Trump recently said his offensive and tasteless comments “don’t matter,” because “we won” (referring to Kavanaugh’s eventual confirmation).

Trump continued to imply that Kavanaugh suffered much worse than Ford did during the hearing, and he insisted that he personally treated Ford with the utmost respect.

“You seem to be saying that she lied,” Stahl said, regarding Trump’s attitude toward Ford.

“You know what? I’m not going to get into it,” Trump retorted, “because we won. It doesn’t matter. We won.”

However, what Trump says does matter. He’s our president—the most important representative of our entire country. By insisting that mocking a victim of sexual assault doesn’t mean anything, he’s showing his followers that they, too, can mock women and dismiss their experiences. He also seems to be implying that the ends justify the means—a dangerous and scary line of thinking for any leader.

Winning is clearly much more important to President Trump than building a stronger, more inclusive and loving community—and at the end of the day, that’s both sad and disheartening.

However, hope is not lost. If Trump’s words anger you, make sure to turn up to the ballots on November 6th and vote for the candidates who best represent your values.

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