Well, it happened. After months and months of making jokes and sharing ridiculous memes on social media, we’re now living in a world where Donald Trump is President-elect.
From telling women they’re “fat pigs” and openly glorifying sexual assault, to demanding Planned Parenthood stop doing abortions, Trump is a far cry from a president with a progressive stance on women’s issues. Now that he’s about to take office, feminists’ worst nightmares have come true.
Here’s what we need to need to brace ourselves for when Trump is sworn in.
1. Lack of concern for victims of sexual assault
Before he started his presidential campaign, Trump expressed an alarmingly sexist “boys will be boys” attitude about sexual assault. In 2013, he tweeted about the rising number of reported sexual assaults in the military, saying “What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” Ugh.
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2013
2. An anti-abortion stance
“I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3 percent. I don’t know what percentage it is,” he said at a debate in Texas earlier this year. “But I would defund it, because I’m pro-life.”
Here’s the thing, though: Planned Parenthood doesn’t even get any federal funding for abortions because the Hyde Amendment — a dated piece of legislation that should be scrapped — only permits federal funding for abortions performed when women were raped, in cases of incest and where a mother’s life is at risk. Trump clearly needs a primer on both reproductive justice and how federal funding works.
3. Glorifying the mistreatment of women
In a 1992 New York magazine feature on Trump, he candidly shared his sexist views on women.
“You have to treat ’em like shit,” said Trump.
And we should expect no less from Trump when he takes office soon. In the same article, Trump reportedly boasts about dumping an entire bottle of wine down journalist Marie Brenner’s back after she wrote an article about him that he didn’t like. Not exactly presidential behavior.
4. The belief that having an attractive wife will win public opinion
In a 1991 Esquire interview, Trump made a comment that suggested he felt having a youthful, sexually attractive wife could solve any PR problem.
“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
Let’s see how long that attitude works out for him.
5. A culture of sexism cultivated by Trump
In April, Trump came under fire for retweeting a comment that equated a woman’s power with her ability to sexually satisfy a man.
Trump retweeted user @mplefty67’s comment, “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
Trump deleted this retweet, claiming that one of his staffers had sent it in error. Regardless of whether or not that’s true, having a President who generates a work environment where it would even be fathomable that retweeting such a disgustingly sexist tweet might be a smart move doesn’t exactly bode well for the White House.