While our press goes on and on about The Email Story That Never Was, there's another story which is far more disturbing. Once again, it involves Donald Trump and his behavior toward women.
Huffington Post reports that first Trump humiliated Miss Australia, who was the 2004 Miss Universe winner, before sexually assaulting her in public by trying to kiss her full on the mouth.
First, some verbal revenge.
“Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe that,” he begins, receiving a round of applause and cheers.
“I’ll give you an example: Jennifer Hawkins. Where’s Jennifer? Where’s she sitting? Get over here, Jennifer,” Trump says, referring to the 2004 Miss Universe winner, who is Australian. “First of all, how beautiful is Jennifer? This is about getting even.”
Trump then explains why he needs to “get even” with Hawkins, whom he accuses of declining to introduce him at the event. “I was so angry at her yesterday. Seriously, as I said, I thought that she dissed me. I thought that my Jennifer ― I’m going around saying she’s my favorite Miss Universe, but I think I like the new one better, Jennifer. So I go around saying she’s the greatest ... then when I came here, there was no Jennifer Hawkins to introduce me.”
From there, the vengeance was unmasked in its full glory, according to Huffpost.
“I was actually going to get up and tell you that Jennifer is a beautiful girl on the outside, but she’s not very bright,” he mugged as the crowd laughed. “That wouldn’t have been true, but I would have said it anyway.”
And then, the case for why Trump is mad “Because I said, ‘You know what, it would be great. I haven’t seen Jennifer in a couple of years. She’s so great and she did so well, and she’s a big star here, and I helped her make it ― I own the Miss Universe pageant. And I heard that she wouldn’t introduce me.’”
When Hawkins jumped in to protest that she did, Trump turned up the sexual humiliation while telling her that she didn't do that thing he wanted her to do.
Turning to the audience, Trump applied some sexual innuendo to turn it up even more. “So what happens is ― and you know what? She came tonight, she came ― came, she came, she came.”
And still, it wasn't enough. He couldn't resist an opportunity to place an exclamation point on his innuendo, by reminding the audience they had the "same dirty minds" as he.
After publicly humiliating her and treating her like chattel, it ends this way.
Hawkins proceeds to explain the miscommunication, and then Trump pulls her close and goes in for a kiss. She puts her arm up in between them, and Trump lands his kiss on her cheek.
“Can I sit down now?” she asks.
“Yes, go,” he says.
He just kisses them. He can't help himself. This behavior is not normal. It is sick and indicates more than misogyny. He hypes himself up on exercising power over people who he views as his property. He is a small-minded, petty, grievance-pushing fascist.
This is just more evidence of that.