What Donald Trump said about women is just plain wrong. There is no way around it. It's disgusting and just plain wrong.
What Donald Trump may have done to women is not only wrong, but also immoral. Contact with another that is unwanted and not consensual is called battery. Battery is illegal and a violation of the non-aggression principle.
It really is that simple.
But what frustrates me the most about this situation is the increasing outrage and anger at Donald Trump. And most of it isn't even geared towards the actual non-consensual parts of the story but more towards the disrespectful comments he said both to individuals (aka "locker room talk") or to the media when discussing the weight of pageant contestants.
Again, this kind of talk is wrong. Indeed, that is why Donald Trump can easily be called an "asshole." Just as someone who doesn't think women should be in the workplace or thinks black people are lazy.
But, let me remind you, Hillary Clinton - Donald Trump's adversary - actually took part in not just wrong acts, but highly immoral acts. Indeed, she participated in some of the worst acts in modern history.
Let's put aside the email scandal, her vote for the Patriot Act, her dutiful support towards her husband who was an "asshole" almost as much as Trump, and any issues with the Clinton Foundation for now.
In 2002, Hillary Clinton voted for the authorization of the use of force in Iraq (you can watch her speech on the Senate floor if you think she thought President Bush wouldn't invade Iraq). As a result, over 20,000 American military members have died (many more injured), over 4 million people have been displaced, and, depending on the sources, anywhere from 100,000 to over a million people have been violently killed in the region.
Her vote, while maybe well-intentioned, directly led to these negative consequences. These consequences are not merely wrong, but immoral. Especially the deaths of numerous human lives.
One could argue that these consequences - and her vote - was merely self-defense. But self-defense is a reasonable and proportionate response to violence. Iraq took no part in violence towards Americans (at least not in 9/11). And even if somehow Iraq did, the invasion and violence that followed was not reasonable or proportionate in any way.
As a reminder, while Donald Trump is an "asshole" and likely took part in non-consensual contact with women (though this should be determined through in-depth investigations and, if found, should be punished in some fashion), Hillary Clinton's actions actually led to the death of human lives (with no punishment - not even the possibility of it).
And yet, the American people (at least those polled) tend to think Trump's actions are worse than Clinton's. In the past two weeks, support for Clinton has jumped 6% as a result of Trump's recent scandal (there are more than one). While I definitely don't support Trump - and would never vote for him - I find this current situation entirely depressing.
The non-aggression principle is pretty easy to understand: violence against another is immoral. Violence is the use or threat of physical violence against another. The non-aggression principle should be valued. Lives should be valued. Especially when the end result is death.
Yet, the American people don't see it this way. Will they ever?