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Leaked Trump tape crosses the line from ‘locker room talk’ to sexual assault

Leaked Trump tape crosses the line from ‘locker room talk’ to sexual assault
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The face of the Republican Party—the person advertising to not only lead, but represent the entire country—boasted about forcing himself onto women.

In a tape from 2005 released on Friday by NBC, Trump said, “Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

The Trump campaign has attempted to nullify by labeling his comments as “locker room talk,” despite the fact that Trump was nowhere near the realm of an actual locker room at the time.

He was, however, at work — on an Access Hollywood bus parked outside the set of the soap opera “Days of our Lives” located within the property of NBC Studios.

Having played competitive sports my entire life, one could say I was raised in a “locker room culture.”

In all the years I’ve conversed with my teammates — locker room or not — not once have I ever heard anyone brag about forcing themselves on a woman.

Though Trump has apologized for his remarks since the tape’s leakage, his continued attempt to normalize rape culture makes him substantially unfit to lead a progressing nation of more than 318 million individuals — 157 million of which are women.

Tomi Lahren, the bombastic, blonde reporter from The Blaze whose viral rants attacking Hillary Clinton and defending Trump have propelled her to infamy, published a new monologue saying, “This recording does not surprise me at all. Be honest — most of you aren’t shocked, either. It’s Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman and reality star, not the Pope. Is anyone really that taken aback by what he said?”

I’m going to take a guess that the roughly 500,000 Americans each year who are victims of sexual assault were “taken aback” by the remarks of the presidential hopeful. Though he may not be the Pope, he is asking over 300 million people to trust him to protect not just their liberties and freedoms, but their sanctity of life.

In her segment, Lahren goes on to say, “I think you’re forgetting why we, the voters, chose Trump as our nominee over all of you. We are sick of this holier-than-thou you all parade around in public.”

Really? As if Trump using his fame to warrant the sexual assault of women isn’t acting holier-than-thou.

I find it shocking that people in the media like Lahren are still standing in support of Trump even after many prominent Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, have denounced their endorsement for the candidate.

Even life-long Republican Glenn Beck — Lahren’s boss and founder of The Blaze — has recanted his support for Trump. and has said voting for Clinton would be “the moral high ground.”

Announcing his candidacy for president on June 16, 2015, why did it take nearly 500 days for NBC to unearth the tape of Trump boasting about sexual assault?

After perpetuating on the campaign trail that if elected, he would put Clinton in jail for not releasing her emails, shouldn’t Trump release the rest of the footage of him on the job? If NBC had exclusive access to hours of video featuring Marco Rubio, Scott Walker or Jeb Bush on the job, surely they would be all over it.

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