I might have avoided discussing the election on this blog had not Donald Trump existed. (I am voting for Hillary without reservation or regret.) After this past Friday I cannot keep silent.
Donald Trump, in case you've been living under a rock, was taped 11 years ago talking with Billy Bush on a live mic about how he could get away with anything with women because he was rich. He actually said he could "grab them by the pussy."
Much of the media and GOP have labelled the language "lewd," and he "apologized" by saying it was "locker room talk."
This was not "boys will be boys" bragging. This was discussing his ability to perform sexual assault with impunity. This is a man running for the highest office in our country talking about assaulting women.
Then he went to the Sunday night town hall style debate and loomed threateningly behind Hillary during her talk time, and regularly interrupted and again, threatened her. And I have been sick to my stomach since.
I remember hiding in corners to keep my step-father away as he would use his height and size to intimidate me. How he would ask me a question and then not let me answer. How my father-in-law would trap me in hallways or against counters with his body and also talk over me. What Donald has done, and continues to do, is abusive. Straight up, undeniably, abusive.
My daughter is seven-years-old and she is being told by kids on the bus that Trump will be our next president. She doesn't know the difference between Democrat and Republican, but I have told her that he is not a good man and explained as best I can how he threatens people who are different than him and how he hates and mistreats women. I don't want her excited to see his name because she recognizes it. I want her to understand that just because he is on TV, does not mean he is a good person. I want her to understand that just because someone is famous, does not mean they can do what they want. And I want her to understand that I will use my vote to try to protect her future.
I'm Kirsten. Some things you could label me with; tattooed, geek, mama, animal lover, weirdo, nerd, writer, movie and TV addict, lazy, ambitious, insomniac, feminist, LGBTQ+.