A vote for Donald Trump is a vote against my vagina

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It’s general consensus amongst all the smart black and brown people I know that Donald Trump is a hatemonger. The majority of that conversation has surrounded his racist and xenophobic comments, which seem to be a driving (and telling) force of the success of his campaign.

But he has treated another group of people with even less regard than people of color: women. And since I happen to fall into two categories of human beings that Trump couldn’t care less about, “vote for Donald Trump” doesn’t appear on my list of things to do in November. The thought never entered this black, female mind.

In yet another disgraceful revelation about Trump, footage from 2005 has been uncovered in which he – basically – promotes the misogyny and rape culture that plagues women in this country on a daily basis. The clip features the guy currently running for President of the United States admitting to “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush that he attempted to seduce a married woman after taking her, wait for it, furniture shopping.

Some of the quotes he spewed were: “I moved on her like a bitch,” “She’s now got the big phony tits,” “Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” and everyone’s personal favorite, “Grab them by the p*ssy,” referring to a gesture he says he can get away with because he’s famous. Headlines have called Trump’s commentary “extremely lewd” and “disgusting.” Some Republicans are calling for him to drop out of the race. And here I am, all black and female, wondering why anyone is surprised.

Current, former GOP elected officials abandon Trump

News flash: Donald Trump has a terrible track record when it comes to women. But for kicks and giggles (sarcastically of course, because none of this is actually funny), let’s do a quick recap of some of his most despicable moments.

There was that time he said breastfeeding was “disgusting” in 2011. Or how about that time in 2005 when he said it was the “obligation” of Miss Universe contestants to sleep with him? There was also that time in 2013, when he blamed sexual assault cases in the military on male and female cohabitation. The buck doesn’t even stop with his own family; he allegedly raped his ex-wife Ivana, he called his wife Melania a “monster” and a “blimp” while she was pregnant and encouraged Howard Stern to call his daughter Ivanka a “piece of a**.” He’s even bordered on the lines of pedophilia by calling 12-year-old Paris Hilton “attractive.” Thanks to the World Wide Web, you can actually read compilations of his most sexist and misogynistic quotes here and here.

As if his all-out war against women and their genitalia isn’t bad enough, we all know where Donald Trump stands when it comes to black skin. The good ol’ World Wide Web has provided us with that track record as well. Should we start with those two times the Justice Department sued his company for racial discrimination? Or how about that time he said “laziness is a trait in blacks” in 1991? There’s also that time in 2011 when he openly questioned whether or not President Obama was American. It even goes back as far as 1989, when Trump flat-out said, “maybe hate is what we need,” in response to the racially-charged Central Park Five case (he still believes they’re guilty, by the way, despite DNA evidence exonerating them). There’s that time he said, “look at my African-American over here,” to a supporter at one of his rallies. And I would be remiss in ignoring that time he said black people are “living in hell” and that we have “nothing to lose” by voting for him.

Mr. Trump, sir, I have plenty to lose. When I think of the most vile combination of misogyny, racism, and abuse of power, I think of Daniel Holtzclaw. The former Oklahoma City police officer was sentenced to 263 years in jail for the rape and sexual assault of 13 black women and one underage black girl. He forced them to give him oral sex. He made them strip off their clothing so that he could conduct “searches.” He forced himself inside of these women. He made them choose between sex or jail, violated them, and left them feeling powerless.

This is what I imagine Trump doing to us, figuratively, as president. I imagine Trump hating us, desecrating us, and then wielding his money and power around thereafter. The “Daniel Holtzclaws” of the world share his sentiments and are his supporters. What would happen if they had a “leader” in their own image? I have my dignity to lose. I have my safety to lose.

I could never vote for you, Donald Trump. I’m too black, and I’m too much of a woman.