Target: Rudy Giuliani, former New York Mayor
Goal: Demand Rudy Giuliani apologize for defending Donald Trump’s sexist statements.
Former mayor Rudy Giuliani recently excused Donald Trump’s disgusting comments regarding his sexual assault of women on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” claiming that “men talk like that.” What Trump said, however, was not just mere locker room talk, it was completely degrading and sexist towards women. He treated those women as objects, as playthings for his personal amusement. There is nothing even remotely excusable about those actions, or the words that followed them.
Too many women throughout history have been sexually abused and harassed only to have people defend the behavior of their assailants, which is even worse when the assailant believes they can get away with it thanks to their important status. Star or not, Trump was completely wrong to do and say what he did, and Giuliani was just as wrong to defend him. Sign this petition to demand he apologize and take back his reckless defense of Trump.
Dear Mr. Giuliani,
You should not have excused Donald Trump’s sexist comments. Trump sexually harassed those women and claimed it was well within his rights to do so; whether or not he was “just kidding” is irrelevant. Words like that are disgustingly anti-woman and you had no business excusing them as “just man talk,” especially when they come from a man who is running to become president of the entire country. Defending such talk is endorsing sexist and victim-blaming, which victims of sexual harassment and abuse have had to contend with for far too long.
Please take back your words. You yourself know such talk is wrong, and reportedly claimed Trump knows it too. But knowing something is wrong does not erase the fact that it was said. You need to take back your words and apologize for having defended such an attitude in the first place.
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