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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Trump, Harassment, and Rape

Andrew Kaczynski reports at Buzzfeed:
Donald Trump, who repeatedly advocated for Mike Tyson during the boxer’s 1992 rape trial in Indiana, said on Monday that he knows nothing about it.
“Do you still think Mike Tyson got a raw deal when he endorsed you?” Trump was asked.
“I don’t know anything about it. I know he endorsed me. I heard he endorsed me,” Trump stated. “I don’t know anything about his trial. I really don’t.”
Trump, a longtime friend of Tyson, opined at length about the trial on television, in newspapers, and in magazines.

Alana Horowitz Satlin writes at The Huffington Post:
Donald Trump continued his apparent push to alienate all women voters by comparing the U.S.’s relationship with China to rape.
“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing,” he said at a rally Sunday. “It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world.”
The “rape” he was referring was the trade deficit between the two countries, not an actual act of sexual assault. Advocates against sexual violence sharply criticized the Republican presidential front-runner’s comments.
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“Using the word ‘rape’ to describe anything other than sexual violence trivializes the experience of survivors,” added Colleen Daly, a spokeswoman for the group End Rape on Campus. “The statement perpetuates our cultural indifference to rape and desensitizes us to all forms of sexual violence.”
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Trump has spoken flippantly about rape before. After past allegations that Trump assaulted ex-wife Ivana resurfaced last year, his lawyer claimed that “you cannot rape your spouse.” In reality, over half of all women who report being raped identify their partner as the attacker, data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows. 
Mark Hensch reports at The Hill:
A Democrat in Arkansas’s Senate race on Monday released a campaign ad documenting some of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s comments about women. 
 “Donald Trump has repeatedly spouted offensive comments denigrating women,” Conner Eldridge said in a statement. "This has to be called out for what it is: serial harassment.
 “I’ve prosecuted domestic violence and cases in which criminals have harassed and abused women in horrible ways, including verbally,” continued Eldridge, a former U.S. attorney. “A senator should strongly condemn these comments. Instead, Sen. [John] Boozman [R-Ark.] is an enabler of Donald Trump’s reprehensible behavior.