not work to address sexual assault against women because her
disbelief at Osmo grabbing her breast is not attributed to the fact
that she is a woman but to her individual status as a high-ranking
official. Instead, the scene suggests that only individuals who hold
the most esteemed positions are permitted to commit disrespectful
acts. In Selina’s mind, she should have been the assaulter, not the
assaulted an idea perpetuated by her statement in “New
Hampshire” when she acts as the sitting president after the actual
president resigns, “God, I would love to fuck a firefighter. Hey,
I’m the president. I can fuck anybody I want now, right?”
Donald seems to feel that way, too. According to a vulgar
conversation recorded in 2005, he talked about groping, kissing,
and attempting to have sex with desirable women when he said,
“When you’re a star, they let you do it” (Fahrentold, “Trump
recorded having extremely lewd conversation”). When five
teenagers of color four African Americans and one Hispanic
were accused of raping a white, female jogger, however, he
demanded that the death penalty be reinstated to punish them.
Donald purchased an ad in The New York Times that read: “They
must serve as examples so that others will think long and hard
before committing a crime or an act of violence” (Laughland,
“Donald Trump and the Central Park Five”). Evidence later
proved that the boys were wrongly convicted, but the President
has reiterated rather than walked back his statements about their
guilt while maintaining a double standard regarding his own
behavior. Apparently, Donald does not consider grabbing
women’s pussies a crime when he is the perpetrator. To him, when
you are powerful, “You can do anything.” Selina’s dialogue and
hypocritical attitudes toward other people who exhibit the same
perverse behavior reflects that idea: status trumps (pun intended)
punishment.
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