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Donald Trump’s “pussy” comments remind us of the misogyny at the heart of the White House

The pussy grabber is back – and this time he’s actually rating our genitalia. Isn’t it about time we revisited the President’s history of alleged sexual misconduct, asks Kat Lister

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In a world where sexual harassers are being named and shamed at a dizzying rate it is, perhaps, inevitable that past accusations have been slightly lost in the ensuing melee. That is, until a surprising development pops up in the news and we’re all forced to confront something we internalised on Inauguration Day last year: an accused sexual harasser now occupies the White House. In a bizarre twist to the Trump narrative, even former press secretary Sean Spicer is now saying past allegations made against him “should be treated seriously”. Simultaneously this week, an unearthed quote from the president’s past is reminding us all that Harvey Weinstein isn’t the only accused abuser trying to dodge culpability. There’s a man in the Oval Office who was sworn into office despite deep concerns over both his actions and his words.

Years before Donald Trump entertained an Access Hollywood co-anchor with the line “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” the soon-to-be-president was bragging to the (now-defunct) Maximum Golf magazine utilising a recurring theme that has come to define one of the most powerful men in the world – a man we may as well refer to as America’s first “Pussy President.” In keeping with his favourite vulva euphemism, Trump reportedly ogled a “young socialite” at his club at Mar-a-Lago before educating the golfing reporter interviewing him, “There is nothing in the world like first-rate pussy.”

Well whaddya know – the pussy grabber is back, guys, and he’s actually rating our genitalia; gold, silver and bronze. Like the Access Hollywood tape, Trump’s vulgar aside never made its way into official circulation. But this week, the former journalist who wrote the article, Michael Corcoran, and another editor, both confirmed to The Daily Beast that it was uttered, it did happen and it shouldn’t be forgotten.

Maybe it’ll jog the president’s memory, too? One can only hope for a Christmas miracle. This latest Maximum Golf #TBT might actually help fix his current confusion over the offensive things he was documented saying 12 years ago in 2005. In a move that suggests Donald Trump isn’t just gaslighting the world – he’s now gaslighting himself, too – the president is denying the voice on the infamous Hollywood Access tape is even his. With time to fully consider the evidence, it actually doesn’t sound like him after all. A curious revelation when you consider that only 12 months ago Trump acknowledged it was his voice, excusing it as simply “locker room talk”. But in Trump’s world, you don’t sweat the small stuff; facts can be brushed over – and truth is negotiable.

In Trump’s world, you don’t sweat the small stuff; facts can be brushed over – and truth is negotiable

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump suggested privately to a senator earlier this year that the Access Hollywood tape wasn’t “authentic”, repeating this claim to an adviser more recently. The president’s latest revisionist spin on his own history comes at a time when his gleeful eagerness to mock other high-profile men for their sexual misconduct seems pathological at best.

“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words [sic],” he tweeted earlier this month, in reference to a photo of a Democrat senator groping a sleeping Playboy model. “Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”

You know what also speaks a thousand words? Twenty women who are still accusing their president of sexual misconduct – despite him calling them all liars and suggesting that, in his world of “first-rate pussies”, some women are attractive enough to be groped whereas others don’t quite make the grade. In a blow to revisionist fiction, The Guardian has published a comprehensive list of all the allegations made against Trump this week and they make for sober reading at a time when fantasy is quickly overtaking breaking news.

Reality isn’t what it used to be; neither is the language now used by the leader of the Free World. But facts are still facts – and we must continue to fight for them. It wasn’t so long ago that a meme went viral – and they’re worth repeating now. 2018 is a new year: and Pussy will grab back.

@Madame_George

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