I’m a writer, and I find it mostly easy to imagine conversations – for others, and for myself.
Sometimes I imagine having a conversation with a Trump supporter.
And since it’s my imagined conversation, I’ll chose to have it with a male adult Trump supporter.
I’ll call him “Bob.” Bob has a wife, and they have two teenage daughters.
Me: Bob, you’re a Trump supporter, correct?
Bob: Yes, I voted for Trump in 2016 and I’ll vote for him in November.
Me: OK. Now, do you recall, over the past several years, the negative things Trump has said about women?
Bob: Not particularly.
Me: Then how about if I recall an example?
Bob: OK, I guess.
Me: In 2018, referring to a woman who used to work for him, Trump said she was “a crazed, crying lowlife” and a “dog.”
Me: I was wondering if you’d like it if Trump called your wife a “a crazed, crying lowlife” and a “dog”? Or your daughters? Would it be OK if Trump called your daughters “crazed, crying lowlifes” and “dogs”?
Bob: Oh. OK, no.
Me: How about if Trump said this about your wife or daughters: “Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely.” Would that be alright?
Me: OK, Bob, last example. Suppose Trump said this about your wife or daughters: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
Bob (long pause): Is there a point to this?
Me: Yes. I’m wondering why it wouldn’t be OK for Trump to make these statements about your wife and daughters, but you’re fine with him saying these things – and worse – about other women?
Bob: I didn’t say I was fine with it.
Me: But you’re going to vote for him, right?
End of my imaginary – though I think real enough – conversation.
I culled the above Trump insults from this article:
Articles about Trump’s verbal abuse of women are easy to find, like this one:
And this one:
And back in 2017 the Brits got in on the act with this article:
But the Brits are behind the times; just think of all the demeaning things he’s said about women since then – this one, for example:
It’s so obvious to me that Trump is a misogynist:
He hates women.
He likes to fuck women, but he hates women.
What I can’t find are articles that tell me why.
I thought I might find articles written by or quoting experts, but no – it’s widely that accepted no ethical psychiatrist or psychologist would speak publicly about Trump’s mental state, having never had Trump as a patient.
And of course, if they did have Trump as a patient, those conversations would be kept private due to patient/doctor privilege.
So I’ll jump in and offer my opinion on why Trump hates women.
Here she is:
Mary MacLeod Trump, his mother.
Mary grew up poor, crammed into a two-bedroom rented cottage with her parents and 10 siblings.
Homes in the community were considered “indescribably filthy” and characterized by “human wretchedness.”
She had less than a high school education.
But worst of all…
She was an immigrant.
And Trump has made his feelings clear about immigrants:
Mary was poor, Scottish immigrant who spoke English with an accent. She came to this country in 1929 when she was 17, and worked as a maid before marrying Trump’s father.
A maid. Sometimes called a “domestic.” Or, a “servant.”
Trump is ashamed of his mother’s – and therefor his – “lowly” roots.
When you feel ashamed of someone, and because of someone, it can be easy to hate them.
Trump hates his mother.
And he extends that hate to all women.
Oh, I know – he’s been married three times, and considers himself the greatest cocksman of all time…
But he hates women.
I did find one article with a headline that matched my theory – it’s the first image at the top.
The article is thoughtful and well-written, but nowhere is there any mention of Trump’s mother.
So, the author had his theory, and I have mine.
And I’ll stand by my theory.
But…why have a theory?
Why write about “Trump hates women” at all?
Because, come November, I want his female supporters to remember, while he’s courting them for their vote…
He hates them.
And I want Trump’s male supporters to remember that every time Trump demeans a woman…
He’s also talking about their wives…
And their daughters.