Trump has said that you should treat women like shit and that he likes to grab ’em by the pussy. His own words, repeatedly said, speak to what he is and what he does. Then there’s the fact that 16 different women who don’t know each other or have anything else in common have accused him. That right there is a rapist. Yes, he still needs to go through due process to get convicted, but calling him a rapist right now is hardly out of line. He believes that men are entitled to women’s bodies and that anyone who is harassed should just leave and go get a different job because the man shouldn’t face any consequences.

So yes, if you keep defending him as if there weren’t masses of circumstantial evidence against him, then you are indeed an asshole and an upholder of rape culture. People get sent to jail and even death all the time on circumstantial evidence, so don’t try to tell me that doesn’t count. It’s a not a smoking gun- it’s a smoking bazooka and he is without a doubt a rapist. His own first wife testified that he had raped her and only retracted it in the divorce settlement in order to get a better pay out.

1. “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”(Secret video recording, 2005)

13. [On women] “You have to treat ’em like shit.” (New York magazine, Nov. 9, 1992)

15. Trump blamed sexual assaults on women in the army on the fact that men and women were working together. “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” (Twitter, May 7, 2013)

22. He advised victims of sexual harassment in the workplace to get a new job. Not only did he stand up for Roget Ailes, the former head of Fox, following multiple sexual harassment allegations against him (Trump called Ailes a “very, very good person”), he shared his thoughts on what his daughter Ivanka should do if she were ever sexually harassed. “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,” he told USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers. (USA Today, August 1, 2016)

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