Amanda Carpenter, a Conservative commentator, says that leaders in the Republican Party are “fools” for not defending women from the sexism that’s surfaced in the election cycle.
“Over the course of the GOP primary, it became clear that too many Republicans felt it was too politically risky to do anything that would offend the types of voters Trump was attracting in droves — the types who showed up at rallies wearing T-shirts that said, ‘Trump that b—-‘ and ‘She’s a c—, vote for Trump,’” Carpenter wrote in a column for the Washington Post.
Carpenter says that Trump’s supporters have told women that “locker room talk” is how men talk behind closed doors and women need to “get over it and vote Trump.”
“Perhaps, they should talk to some rape survivors,” she said. “They need to hear what those women heard when Trump bragged about grabbing a woman’s genitals, aggressively kissing women without consent, and getting away with it because he’s rich and famous. That wasn’t boyish banter. That was a confession of assault.”
Carpenter added that party leaders who have stood by Trump through his comments, such as Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former New York City Major Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee need to be “named and shamed.”
“The GOP is about to learn a hard lesson when it comes to the women’s vote: defend us or lose us,” she said.
Publication date: October 26, 2016