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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

We Have A Right To Be Angry

As I write this, Donald Trump is throwing himself an ego-boosting rally in Mississippi. Surrounded by ignoramuses who think he's the greatest president in the history of White America™, Trump is bragging and lying and oozing support for Brett Kavanaugh. Trump is also mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

During this rally, Trump attacked and made fun of Dr. Blasey Ford while defending the man she says raped her as a teenager. As his supporters went "wild," Trump spoke as both Dr. Ford, and as someone questioning her:

‘I had one beer. Well do you think it was…Nope. It was one beer. Oh good. How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’ How did you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.’
What neighborhood was it in? ‘I don’t know.’ Where’s the house? ‘I don’t know. Upstairs. Downstairs. I don’t know. But I had one beer, that’s the only thing I remember.’
The president of the United States is mocking a survivor of attempted rape. His supporters are cheering and laughing as he does this. It is a statistical fact that some of the women at this rally who are cheering and laughing are survivors of sexual violence. 

An associate professor at Brooklyn College, Mitchell Langbert, wrote the following on his blog September 27:

This misogynistic cretin is comparing spin-the-bottle (which no one has played since the 1950s) to rape. He writes "In the future, having committed sexual assault in high school ought to be a prerequisite for all appointments, judicial and political." Brooklyn College has not publicly denounced Langbert's blog, or made any statement whatsoever.

Earlier today, a Georgetown University professor, Carol Christine Fair, was suspended from Twitter for this tweet:

Twitter reversed their decision, but Professor Fair's account is no longer verified. 

I'm really angry. So angry that I understand what provoked Professor Fair's tweet. Do I agree with it? Well, she's not advocating violence against those entitled white men, she's simply hoping their natural deaths are painful and miserable. She is calling for castrating their corpses, and feeding lifeless penises to swine, which I can really support. She's not stating, as Mitchell Langbert did, that rape should be a prerequisite for judicial and political appointments. Professor Fair is not mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, as Donald Trump did during his rally this evening. 

Professor Fair is angry. I'm angry. Survivors I am connected to on social media are angry. We have a right to be angry. We have a right to burn everything to the fucking ground while dripping with the blood of our enemies. We have a right to swear and rant and rave and yes, even write that entitled white male rape apologists deserve miserable deaths.

We have a right to be as angry as we want to be.

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