On Friday evening Donald Trump was banned from one of the biggest gatherings of conservative activists by the event’s coordinator, Erik Erickson. What was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back? He insinuated that during the first Republican presidential debate, moderator Megyn Kelly was particularly harsh towards him because she was menstruating. In a CNN interview, referring to Kelly during the GOP debate, Trump said, she “had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
THAT, was the comment that drew the line for many conservatives. In defense of his decision, Erik Erickson, the organizer of the event had this to say on his Twitter account late Friday night: “I have rescinded my invitation to Mr. Trump. While I have tried to give him great latitude, his remark about Megyn Kelly was a bridge too far.”
So this is what it takes to get uninvited to a major conservative event? Elaborating on the topic Erickson went on to say “I think it crossed a line of decency no one running for president should ever cross whether you are a professional or amateur politician.”
He went on to further say “This is my event, that I’m paying for and I can do whatever I want. I wanted to have him here as a legitimate candidate, but no legitimate candidate suggests a female asking questions does so because she’s hormonal.”
So let me get this straight, alleged hormonal behavior and inferences made toward menstruation are crude, outrageous, unacceptable and not fit for daughters or wives to hear? Erickson opined that “I don’t think I should have anyone on stage while my wife and daughter are watching who would say that on a female journalist.” But, grating and damning comments made about Mexicans are acceptable? It’s acceptable for the wives and daughters of conservatives to hear filth and hate filled bigotry spew from Trump’s mouth regarding Mexicans as he calls them rapists and murderers? This allowance can be perceived in accordance with the behavior of white men who allowed their wives and daughters to attend lynchings of black women, children and men during our not so distant past in America.
Donald Trump has now managed to take on the savaged and beastly caricature of the brute, a label once reserved for African-American men pre and post reconstruction; think of the silent film “Birth of a Nation,” once hailed as truth by President Woodrow Wilson, a man who is described as being “progressive” and “liberal.” Black men in particular were depicted as uncouth, uncivilized, terrorists and rapists who instilled fear amongst white society, especially white women who were seen as the target of their savagery. It was from this narrative that birthed the ideology that Black men could only be controlled by the white man, who with his paternalistic instincts ingrained in the beast his moral compass; without white paternalism the Black man was left to his own devices of immoral ineptitude. In an odd twist of events Trump is now facing the same judgement of white paternalism that Black men once did, by threatening the collective authority of white patriarchy and attacking the white woman’s body. In “The Second Sex” Simone de Beauvoir states, “It is not true that men respect women: they respect each other through their women – wives, mistresses, ‘kept’ women; when masculine protection no longer extends over her, woman is disarmed before a superior caste that is aggressive, sneering, or hostile.” From her words one can understand the nature in which the white man has come to rescue his white woman from the “aggressive, sneering and hostile” commentary made by Trump. Trump has successfully disrespected the white man by insulting his second most prized possession, next to money, the white woman.
Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packer also took a stand for women and menstruation, tweeting: “Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse,” and “I stand with @megynkelly.” I can’t help but to think where these “feminist” voices were when Trump accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists and drug dealers. It’s obvious to see, in accordance with conservative fashion, the sanctity of brown (and black) bodies do not matter.
It is not about Donald Trump or his bigotry but rather it is about what Megyn Kelly represents, the white, beautiful and thin blonde; the historic representation of purity and innocence in this country, who must be defended at all costs. The cloak of white conservatist protection does not cover Rosie O’Donnell and the comments made about her during that very same GOP debate that caused his banishing. When Megyn Kelly attempted to ask Trump about his misogynist comments towards women by saying, “You’ve called women fat pigs, dogs, slobs, disgusting animals…,” Trump interrupted her and said, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” Comments such as these spouted toward O’Donnell, a woman, are okay for wives and daughters to hear but not ones referring to menstruation and hormonal behavior? It has been made clear that the white man must preserve the delicacy of his precious white woman especially when a brute like Trump attacks her sanctified body. How dare he defile the white woman’s virtuousness with something so heinous, uncleanly and disturbing as menstruation.
As much as I would like to be supportive of Megyn Kelly and her menstrual cycle, there are more pressing issues at hand such as the deaths of black women in jail, the molestation of black women by police officers on the street, black girls being suspended from school at a rate 6 times higher than that of white girls (larger than the disparity between black and white boys) and the increasing rate of suicide amongst black children aged five to 11, which is twice as high than the rate for white children. Donald Trump is a creation of the Old America. I am looking forward and creating the vision I want to see for the New America; a country where a platform for hate, misogyny and bigotry would never be allowed. Donald Trump is not my burden, but yours.