The Connector
The Connector
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I could fill this article with the ongoing list of powerful men in the media who have been accused of sexual assault, harassment or misconduct. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Louis C.K., Charlie Rose, and Bill O’Reilly are a just few of the first accused and certainly not the last. Following these accusations, all resigned, were fired, had their shows canceled, or had their upcoming appearances refunded as they slunk back into the shadows.

Their faces that once graced our screens in our favorite shows or movies are now thrown in our faces with headlines that reveal their true character. Thankfully, our society, as well as their superiors, have not let their transgressions slide. Those who were once silenced due to fear have spoken their truth and can hopefully begin to heal from the pain these men have caused while knowing that they are finally being punished for their inexcusable actions.

Yet, the President of the United States has still to be punished for his transgressions. Sixteen women have bravely spoken out and revealed their traumatizing stories of sexual assault, misconduct, harassment and even rape that our President has committed, according to New York Magazine article. Matt Lauer was fired the moment he was accused of sexual misconduct at NBC. He was fired before he went to court, before he voiced his defense, and before proof was even on the table, as were most of his fellow powerful media men. Yet, President Trump — the most powerful man in our country — has not even been put on trial after 16 different women accused him and proof was revealed.

How are we expected to stop sexual assault in our country if our own President can get away with it without any questions asked? We have proof in the form of a voice recording, which was transcribed by the New York Times, of President Trump saying, “Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” Billy Bush, former “Access Hollywood” host, was also present in the recording and was fired following the release of the tape. President Trump was not.

Not only do we have proof that President Trump committed sexual assault and that he believes he can get away with it due to his fame, we also have proof of him making inappropriate sexual comments to his own daughter, Ivanka Trump. In 2006 on “The View” he said “Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right? If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

We can not allow a misogynistic man accused of sexual assault sit in our White House any longer. Whether you are a Trump supporter or you aren’t, take a moment to ask yourself after you have heard him say these statements if you would allow him to be in a room with your daughter, mother, sister, niece, or even yourself?  If the answer is no, he should not be our President. If the list of powerful media men who have been fired for their equally awful transgressions are no longer allowed to represent their media outlets, Trump should no longer be allowed to represent our country. It is an utter disappointment and humiliation that he is still in office after accusations and proof have been publicized. We are a democratic America and we have every right to remove a President from office.