— Arisha Ali (@ali_arisha) October 12, 2016
Ok. Don't be shy. How many of you are for #repealthe19th because you wanted slavery again and miscounted?
I wanna see hands.
— 5'7 Black Male (@absurdistwords) October 12, 2016
From the NYTimes today:
… More than three decades ago, when she was a traveling businesswoman at a paper company, Ms. Leeds said, she sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. They had never met before.
About 45 minutes after takeoff, she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.
According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.
“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”
She fled to the back of the plane. “It was an assault,” she said…
Mr. Trump’s claim that his crude words had never turned into actions was similarly infuriating to a woman watching on Sunday night in Ohio: Rachel Crooks.
Ms. Crooks was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower in Manhattan, when she encountered Mr. Trump outside an elevator in the building one morning in 2005.
Aware that her company did business with Mr. Trump, she turned and introduced herself. They shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks. Then, she said, he “kissed me directly on the mouth.”
It didn’t feel like an accident, she said. It felt like a violation.
“It was so inappropriate,” Ms. Crooks recalled in an interview. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”…
“None of this ever took place,” said Mr. Trump, who began shouting at The Times reporter who was questioning him. He said that The Times was making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.
“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims…
The proximate cause of today’s #Repealthe19th comes from two graphs at FiveThirtyEight…
what the electoral map would look like if only men could vote versus only women pic.twitter.com/lTSYeEQcbf
— laura olin (@lauraolin) October 11, 2016
… the first of which Trump’s idiot son Eric tried to use as an indicator of positive momentum for fundraising this morning. Women! We’re nothing but trouble!
And we have memories. Long, long memories.
It’s almost exactly the 25th anniversary of Anita Hill’s testimony about her sexual harrassment by a soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice. Thousands of men, that Fall, heard stories from the women in their lives that they had great difficulty believing, because who could have imagined? But women didn’t need to “imagine” — even when it hadn’t happened to us directly, the stories had been shared by so many of the women we knew, usually starting as warnings when we were still children. Trump’s endless, uncaring abuse of women was never a secret, it was just something that Very Serious People (mostly men) didn’t need to know about, so they never bothered to pay attention.