There was a phrase which entered a broader national awareness back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Male Chauvinist Pig. It was a slang term for misogynists, men who – Sincerely! – viewed women as inferior and inherently unequal to men. While it has never completely disappeared from use, it is time to revive it again more broadly to apply to the 2016 election cycle. (The right insists sincere beliefs have a priority over everything else, because they are “sincere”, and therefore somehow special and exempt from law or public opinion.)
It is a fair accusation that in the 2nd Presidential Debate, Donald Trump hoped to distract those who were fleeing his sinking rat-infested ship of a campaign with his claim that he would appoint a special prosecutor to go after Hillary Clinton for her emails. I suggest the ‘special prosecutor’ be issued the badge pictured here, since he (or she) would not be operating on behalf of all Americans, but only on behalf of the MCPs.
This relies on the classic civics and other ignorance of his generally poorly educated base of support. The President CANNOT appoint a special prosecutor; that is the purview of the Attorney General and the Congress. While Trump may assume he will get whatever AG he wants, no matter how incompetent, AGs, like Supreme Court picks, are only in office by confirmation of the Senate.
If Obama’s SCOTUS pick isn’t going through, you can bet that such an AG pick won’t be confirmed either.
But HEY! It makes a great DISTRACTION for toddlers and ignorant adults from that embarrassing scandal. And there is much more scandal to come, beginning with Trump discussing his daughter’s breasts with Howard Stern, and then proceeding to give his blessing to Stern calling Ivanka Trump a “piece of ass”. Because apparently women, even one’s own daughters, are just pieces of meat for male gratification, not real and equal human beings.
From CNN via Mediaite:
When you read the selected collection of Rush Limbaugh quotes below, it won’t come as a surprise that Trump and so many of his surrogates are many-times married – Trump, Guiliani, Gingrich, etc. They believe women exist apparently for their sexual gratification and have little additional value other than as baby incubators.
These Pro-Trump conservatives are a slightly sanitized version of a segment of misogynists on the right known as MRA, Men’s Rights Advocates or the MRM, Men’s Rights Movement, opposed to feminism and female equality, and dedicated to maintaining male privilege. To grasp how vile the MRAs can be, I would direct you to a web site that exclusively covers this topic, We Hunted the Mammoth. Here “Mammoth” quotes a prominent writer in MRA circles, condemning Paul Ryan for dis-inviting Trump and Pence to campaign with him. (By way of terminology explanation, they use the term ‘alpha’ a lot for a fantasy assumption about natural male superiority, and they use the word ‘cuck’ a lot as a short form of cuckold, part of their belief that women are all sluts who sleep with multiple men – just never them):
If you ever wanted to know why I’m not a conservative or a Republican, this craven pandering to women pretty much sums it up. I’m not sickened by Trump’s locker room talk. I’m sickened by the fact that weak little gamma males like Ryan … have any influence in Western society at all. The only correct response to this “scandal” should have been a single question: “so the f*ck what?”
Never trust a moderate, a Churchian, or a cuckservative. Never. They will stab you in the back in order to virtue-signal every single time.
You see celebration, not merely justification, of the ‘alpha male’ boasting from Brexit buddy and conservative anti-immigrant bigot from the UK, (although largely unknown to the US xenophobic right), Nigel Farage, who has campaigned with Trump and who was present in the audience at the 2nd Presidential debate. They see no reason for any apology; it’s men being men — desirable and strong men.
From the Independent, in the UK:
“Look, this is alpha male boasting. It’s the kind of thing, if we are being honest, that men do. They sit around and have a drink and they talk like this.”
And from conservative evangelical dominionist (male supremacy supporter) Michele Bachmann gives her blessing to Trump’s misogyny. Bachmann has always given men and boys a free pass to behave badly, even violently as ‘boys will be boys’, and asserting that if we require them to behave with civility they will become girls. From the Adobo Chronicles:
Former Minesotta Representative Michele Bachmann is not at all bothered by Donald Trump’s comments about kissing and groping women. It’s just ‘bad boy talk,’ she told Chris Matthews on MSNBC.
“In fact, I myself always carry a pack of tic tacs in my bag,” she said, referring to Trump’s comment about having a tic tax in his mouth before kissing women.
I agree with the above author on only one point; it is true that the right has accepted and embraced the extremist alt right, including the MRA’s, in their big tent that only excludes moderates. But when as they inevitably do, these MRAs and other misogynists like Trump embarrass people like Ryan who need votes to get elected, then those pols feign surprise and distaste. They know perfectly well that these are donors and voters for themselves and their party causes.
They know who they are; we ALL should know them for who they are.
It’s not a secret, it is not a surprise. It is just who they are; and who they are is not acceptable.