Donald Trump’s underage rape accusations, which have largely been ignored by the mainstream media, could prove to be the straw that ends his political ambitions for good. Whatever you might say of Trump being a misogynist, the fact is that even the slew of sexual assault allegations that have lately been thrown at the Republican nominee have failed to dampen the mood around his supporters. Despite 11 women categorically stating that Trump groped them at some point or the other, the crowds at his rallies appear unaffected by the whole conundrum. Objectifying an entire gender is fine as long as you do it with your best buddies, and as long as it can broadly be labeled “locker room” talk. Men are like that, they tell us.
But nobody likes a pedophile, do they?
The recent filing of a lawsuit in a New York court alleging that Trump raped a 13-year-old girl would not sit well with his religious supporters. You can get away with molesting women in our patriarchal society that constantly degrades women and holds them culpable for crimes committed against them, but not many can get away with molesting children. As human beings, sexual crimes against children are something which affects us more than any other crime. Just consider the kind of backlash that Todd Nickerson, a self-claimed pedophile, generated after he wrote an article humanizing pedophiles last year. Can you guess who were the people who attacked him with the most virulent abuses? Yes, religious white people belonging to the political right and far-right, a demographic that is central to Trump’s unprecedented success so far.
In this context, even the staunchest of his supporters couldn’t turn a blind eye to the fact that accusations surrounding Donald Trump’s underage rape case gain credibility when you consider that Manhattan Federal Judge Ronnie Abrams saw enough merit in the case to set a pre-trial hearing date for December.
The Judge could have tossed the case out if she felt that it was merely an attempt, as some Trump’s supporters might have you believe, to smear the real estate mogul’s reputation. But she did not. What does that tell you?
The woman responsible for filing the lawsuit, who is only known to us as “Jane Doe,” alleges that Donald Trump assaulted her sexually at a series of parties thrown by financier Jeffrey Epstein in New York in 1994, according to New York Daily News.
“Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties. On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff,” the lawsuit reads.
“During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted.”
A witness named Tiffany Doe claims in the court documents that she was present on at least one occasion when Trump raped the underage girl.
Donald Trump has slammed the underage rape accusations against him by calling them “categorically false” and “disgusting.” Not unlike the way that our society targets women who speak out against sexual violence, Trump has challenged the authenticity of Jane Doe’s allegations by labeling her as someone looking for “cheap publicity.”
And while that might be up for debate, considering we’ll only know the credibility of Donald Trump’s underage rape accusations after December 16, it could be something that might seal the political aspirations of Trump once and for all. The same supporters who have catapulted him into becoming the presidential candidate of GOP will spit on him in a jiffy.
Remember, nobody likes pedophiles — especially not Trump’s supporters.
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