Trump’s Predatory Behavior

Jia Tolentino:

Even in his denials, Trump is acting like Trump, offering a string of epithets and diminishments that reinforce the idea that preying on women is a normal thing to do. It seems entirely clear that these allegations disturb Trump only because they inconvenience him. He has not once spoken about the matter as if he understands that groping women, in itself, is wrong.

On the way Trump treats women as objects, Tolentino writes:

Trump’s accusers have tellingly similar stories: he kissed them, he groped them, he leered at them, he seemed blind to the idea of mutual interest. He also did all of this in familiar surroundings—as if the women were merely part of the buildings and organizations that he owned.