Continuing their long tradition of failing utterly to support women, the Republican Party platform also includes official opposition to the use of Title IX to address campus sexual assault.
The Republicans have an issue with the Obama administration using Title IX, the federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity, to address the huge problem of sexual assault on college campuses, and issue which disproportionately affects women.
To put it politely, the Republican Party does not have a solid history of taking sexual assault seriously. There was that time House Republicans tried to redefine rape so that it was only “real” rape if it involved force. Then there was the time that Senate Republicans blocked votes on military sexual assault legislation. There was that other time New York state Republicans blocked a proposal to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. And then there’s that time when Georgia state Republicans didn’t want to consider a proposal on rape kits and accused the Democratic sponsor of “politicizing” the issue to get votes.
There was the time when former GOP Senator Rick Santorum said while running for president that pregnant rape victims should make the best out of a bad situation. And that time former GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin argued that pregnancy from rape is really rare, because “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” And that time Akin also accused women of lying about rape. And that time GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that getting pregnant from rape is God’s plan. And all the times Republicans have told women how to avoid getting raped, as if it’s their responsibility to stop rapists rather than predators’ responsibility to not rape people.
And then there’s the current Republican presidential nominee, whose opening salvo in this election was to call undocumented Mexican immigrants rapists, and who has compared trade deficits to rape. Twice.
So, it’s no surprise that the Republican Party would debate including opposition to supporting women in their platform, but that doesn’t make it any less indecent or enraging.
Fortunately, a majority of women know what’s up, and will practice self-preservation when in November and vote against Donald Trump and this deplorable platform.