IT 'S NO SECRET I dislike Donald Trump. I don't particularly hate the guy, because it takes excessive energy and effort to end up being enraged at individuals I have no idea personally and will likely never ever satisfy, when sufficient people remain in my instant orbit who fit the bill. He isn't wicked, he isn't really Hitler, he isn't really the Angel of Death.
The thing that repels me about Trump is the conceit and bellicosity he motivates in his followers. We lived through Adams-Jefferson, Lincoln-Douglas, Nixon-Kennedy, and the violence of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.It stinks.That stated, not everything bad can be laid at The Donald's Ferragamo-clad feet. Some occasions have actually been exaggerated exactly because the GOP front-runner has developed such a poisonous environment that individuals jump at the opportunity to paint him and his campaign in the worst light (not that he requires any assistance).
And because he's fomented such toxicity, it's poetic justice that, when he actually hasn't done anything horrible or criminal, individuals believe he has.Which brings me to Corey Lewandowski. Trump's project director was charged this week with misdemeanor battery in Florida after he supposedly manhandled a press reporter at a Trump press conference. Michelle Fields, previously with the Breitbart company, asserted to have actually been gotten hold of by the arm and pressed far from the candidate when she attempted to ask him a question. Later that day, she tweeted pictures of a contusion on her arm.
Lewandowski rejected understanding Fields, much less attacking her. The Trump project called her a phony. Then, video was released (by the Trump campaign) that clearly revealed Lewandowski getting Fields and pushing her back. She didn't fall, but that was only because of her fantastic reflexes, not any chivalry from Trump Inc.Now, Lewandowski has lawyered up, and Trump is safeguarding his individual. Because, you understand, Trump is faithful. He also chose not to say sorry, which is directly from the bully playbook.
I find all of this to be distasteful. Hang on, you may be amazed where this is going.Even though I'm disgusted with Trump's brand name of politicking, exactly what is starting to really anger me is the effort to frame exactly what took place to Fields as violence versus women instead of a regular, albeit inappropriate, political street brawl.
Nearly right away after Fields tweeted her swelling, commentators began to conflate Trump's recognized misogyny (a full-throated, old-fashioned, anti-metrosexual stress) with abuse. Conservative female commentators, not the kind you 'd expect to be whiners, brought out a manifesto demanding that Trump fire Lewandowski.Now, I'm no fan of Trump's macho swagger, however I also don't like the reflexive "woe is me for being a woman" in proof whenever a woman is not treated like a Faberge egg.
Let me be really clear: I condemn any use of violence versus innocent victims, be they women, children or men. I likewise am acutely knowledgeable about the scourge of domestic violence both in the United States and worldwide, having experienced it personally, along with in my migration practice. I defend mistreated women against deportation. I am close to women who have been abused. I understand, thoroughly, about broken bones and swellings.It's wrong to conflate what happened to Fields, something that has happened to me when trying to squeeze on a train at rush hour, with real abuse. It politicizes a really severe subject, and trivializes it for higher home entertainment value when it ought to be treated gingerly and with regard.
The minute I saw the tweeted bruise and that the alleged victim was a woman, I understood this would last throughout numerous news cycles. I indicate, if making gross attacks on Megyn Kelly's propensity to bleed became a weeklong headline, it was inevitable that a case of actual, physical contact in between a male Trump fan and a woman would be a cause caliber. And while Trump is worthy of all the criticism in the world for his buffoonery, boorishness and arrogance, it doesn't indicate he must be painted as some political Bluebeard. It's lazy opportunism, and harms a worthy cause.It's the very same thing that's happened with this ridiculous crusade versus "date rape" and the so-called rape culture on schools. To correspond a bad date and combined signals with the genuine violence of rape leads to cases such as that at the University of Virginia, and other incorrect accusations. It's wrong, hazardous, and dishonors genuine victims.
That's why I'm mad about this attempt to frame exactly what took place to Fields as "abuse." She was pressed, she was pulled, she probably, under the law, was "attacked." However, she ought to not be an example of domestic violence, or proof favorable that the Trump project supports beating up on women.Trump is a lot of things, however he's not Stanley Kowalski. This simply doesn't pass the smell test. Which's saying a lot, for such a foul-smelling campaign.