On Describing What Donald Trump Spoke About In That Video

Ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen’s latest post digs into the issue of how far we should go in characterizing what Donald Trump told Billy Bush he had done to women (which, Trump later said he hadn’t done, as you know).

Robert Garcia told Elizabeth that Lakshmi Singh found a way to add “the appropriate amount of nuance.” In a newscast, Lakshmi said that in a 2005 recording, Trump is heard “bragging about groping women, which without their consent, would be sexual assault.” She also added that Trump said during the second debate that he never actually did force himself on women.

Using Lakshmi’s framing as a starting point, here are some ways to talk about Trump’s words:

-          In a 2005 recording … Trump talks about groping women, which without their consent is sexual assault.

-          In a 2005 recording … Trump is heard saying he can get away with groping women. That could be sexual assault if there’s no consent.

-          In a 2005 recording … Trump talks about groping women. If that’s done without their consent, it’s sexual assault.

-          In the video, Trump says he can grab, grope and kiss women … Those may be sexual assaults if there’s no consent.

-          Groping … touching someone without their consent … can be sexual assault. In a video from 2005, Trump claims he can grab women’s genitalia because he’s an “all-star.”

-          Trump brags about being able to grope women … which without their consent is sexual assault.

(“Memmos;” Oct. 18, 2016)

October 18, 2016

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