Allow me to start by stating that yes, I am a Canadian, and no, I hold no stake in the 2020 US presidential election. However, that does not mean I am not entitled to hold a strong opinion on the fact that the United States of America will be led by a known sexual offender, regardless of which party he comes from.
With Bernie Sanders dropping out, that all but guarantees that Joe Biden will take the Democratic nomination and face off against Donald Trump to be the leader of the free world. Within a few hours of Bernie announcing the suspension of his campaign, Unsubscribed Media published an article entitled “Sanders Fails to Sexually Harass Enough Women to Win Race”, a statement which rings excruciatingly accurate. Sanders’ withdrawal came on the end of several surprising losses in key states, something that demands the question of “why”?
Beyond the fact that his direct competitor and the opponent are known to have sexually harassed/assaulted/raped women, Bernie Sanders’ campaign was built on a universal payer healthcare system (like what we have here), something that the States are in dire need of at this time. One has to wonder how the electoral situation ended up in this state given the known facts about the candidates’ history and policies. At this point even if the Americans do get Trump out of office, they have announced to the world that the culture change we so desperately need, and the one that is so hard-fought for by the likes of the Me Too movement, is not worthy of making a radical shift in the way they vote.
Beyond that aspect, the fact that the next President of the United States will be a sexual predator tells girls worldwide that their experiences and traumas will always come second, they will never be important enough to act upon. This decision is a billboard announcing to every woman who was brave enough to bring her story forward that the world does not care. And to all those who have been too scared to speak out and report, this election does nothing but confirm their fears. Regardless of who wins, the 2020 presidential election is a loss for women everywhere as it perpetuates the culture that allows predators to be president instead of being in prison.
Originally Published on www.bandersnatch.ca Vol.49 Issue 13 on April 15th, 2020