One of the most concerning issues to me is Women's Rights. This is an extremely personal issue and hits home for me. While researching your campaign it was very concerning to me how to see how the media and people make you seem. You're portrayed as this sexist and misogynist pig. One of the biggest reasons that people aren't voting for you is because of the way you are portrayed about women.
There have been countless comments from you that have been absolutely horrendous. You were quoted saying "26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?" What bothers me about this is that no matter what, no matter what women are wearing, what they are doing, where they are, and who they are with gives any man the excuse to sexually assault them. There is no excuse for sexual assault for men or women. No means no. This is one issue that you need to change your perspective on and really express that no means no and that there is no excuse for sexual assault.
Another issue regarding women's rights is how you and most men objectify women and their body’s. When asked about how you deal with bad press you said, "You know, it doesn't really matter what [they] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass." In addition when talking about an Olympian you said "Wonderful looking while on the ice but up close and personal, she could only be described as attractive if you like a woman with a bad complexion who is built like a linebacker." These comments are not acceptable in any situation. If you made it more apparent that you actually respected women for people and didn't sexualize them a lot of the negative press around you wouldn't have anything to say.
There has been so much controversy with this issue but for my personal opinion is pro-choice. You yourself have flipped back and forth between the issue but as of now you are pro-life. You said “In thinking about it over the years, I’ve had instances, and one instance in particular, a friend had a child who they were going to abort, and now they have it, and the child is incredible. And the man, he changed his views also because of that.” Also, said "some form of punishment" for women who have abortions if the practice is banned. As I am pro-choice this is terrifying to me. I am a seventeen-year-old girl who is sexually active and if somehow I messed up on birth control and became pregnant I would want options. I would want the choice to decide what happens to my body and my life. The outcome of what happens to my body should be my choice not anyone else.
In addition to the abortion issue another huge issue is Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is so important to so many teens and the fact that most of them can go there with their insurance and have everything done under there insurance is so important. We need to continue funding Planned Parenthood because if we did not women would not have that oasis to go to for their bodies. I know as a seventeen-year-old girl living with her father I can’t go to the doctor and ask for birth control or ask to get STD tests because my father would not have it. So for me Planned Parenthood is my only option to make sure I am staying safe and that my health isn’t at risk.
I agree with a lot of your plans and stands on certain issues but women’s rights is something that I will not budge on and even though you are a potential President for the United States you really have no idea what women go through and never will because you aren’t one, so I would leave the decision of Women’s bodies and health up to the women. In addition, I would strongly suggest you don’t objectify women and treat them with the upmost respect just as you would with men.