During the second presidential debate, the Republican nominee was questioned by Anderson Cooper regarding the recently leaked tape, in which Trump admitted to have used his fame to sexually assault women. His response at the debate was, “This is locker room talk.” He then proceeded to say that he will “knock the hell out of ISIS,” while rambling about the state of the world — a pathetic attempt at averting the attention from the shocking and disgusting statements that he has made about women.
A similarly tactless approach was used by Pence, when asked to comment on the statement of an 11-year-old girl, “When I hear those words [used by Trump] and look in the mirror, they make me feel bad about myself.”
Mike Pence seems to have taken a page from Donald Trump’s book.
When asked to respond, Pence’s answer mimicked Trump’s terrible reply at the debate. Pence promised “any one of [his] kids, and any children in this country” (without directly acknowledging the girl who asked the question), “a safer and more prosperous future for their family.” He continued by criticizing Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy and talking about how “terrorist threats” have “inspired violence here at home.”
Pence concluded by saying, “I would say to any of our kids that if Donald Trump and I have the chance to serve in the White House, that we are going to work every day for a stronger, safer, and more prosperous America.”
Uh… Maybe I missed something here, but where exactly did he talk about the body image and self-esteem issues that Trump’s toxic words have caused for this girl, and others like her?
I have a message of my own for this 11-year-old girl, as well as all of the girls in America (which I believe is more relevant than Pence’s fear-mongering rant):
I’m sorry. I’m sorry that, instead of being told that you are beautiful, capable, and important, the message you are receiving from such influential men in this country is the complete opposite. I’m sorry that your complaints about this are belittled by these men. I’m sorry that our own American people have allowed these pathetic men to reach the positions they are in today. I’m sorry that our country is failing you.
Keep your chin up, despite not receiving the support that you need during your fragile adolescent years. Know that you deserve better, and continue to demand it. Don’t put your self-esteem in the hands of these deplorable men, or anyone who brings you down.
You are beautiful just as you are. You are important. And you deserve better.