Women must realize voting power

Moving forward

Julia-Rose Kibben, Managing Editor

I felt my insides turn as Donald Trump pledged “Nobody has more respect for women than I do” after being confronted by moderators during the second debate about the behind-the-scenes “Access Hollywood” tape in which he bragged about sexually grabbing and kissing women.

He proceeded to explain his solutions to these problems included implementing “borders in our country” and restricting immigration from the Middle East.

Trump’s lewd comments and his alleged assaults do not reflect the qualities a president should possess. This election has become particularly difficult to watch because it is no longer about politics — it’s about human decency and getting our minds out of the gutter.

Overwhelmed by the power of the female voter in the upcoming election, some Trump-supporting Twitter users are hashtagging #RepealThe19th in an attempt to abolish the amendment that gave women the right to vote nearly 100 years ago.

Even in an election where FiveThirtyEight, an interactive statistical analysis site, has reported that if all eligible female voters cast their ballots for Clinton, she would win by an astounding 33 points.

In an election where equality and respect are not prioritized by one of the candidates, we cannot risk not voting.

First lady Michelle Obama took to the podium at a Clinton rally in New Hampshire as a Clinton advocate as well as a feminist, mother and first lady of the United States, and spoke about why Trump’s behaviors are unfit for someone in the Oval Office.

She reminded us why, as women, we need to use this voting power to our advantage.

“We need to recover from our shock and depression and do what women have always done in this country,” Obama said. “We need you to roll up your sleeves. We need to get to work. Because remember this: When they go low, we go high.”

Aside from his misogynist ideals, his policies are deeply un-American. Trump’s plans to waterboard potential terrorists and their families, a war crime previously banned by the Geneva Convention, and mandate religious immigration criteria which harkens back to the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. For the first time in American history, we have a presidential candidate threatening to take legal action in the case he is not elected, and assuming the election is rigged if he doesn’t win.

“Making America great” does not equate to turning back the clock a couple hundred years.

In an election like this, women must exercise their right to vote to prevent an ignorant and malicious leader from being president, whether or not they agree with Clinton’s policies.

It’s not time to rewind to 1798, or 1919. This is 2016 and it’s time to move forward.

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