It's official. America is embedded in an unrelentingly sexist form of Groundhog Day. In the early morning, Trump attacks women with tweets that are unhinged and/or misogynistic.
Then a multitude of commentators reveal their shock, even though Donald Trump ended up being president on a platform of relentless misogyny.
In the middle of all this, a participant of the president's band of women apologists (Ivanka, Melania, Kellyanne Conway, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders) are mobilized to leap to Trump's protection.
Then we invest the remainder of the day engrossed in the reality-TV-style wrongdoings while the Trump administration proceeds to take apart democracy and hack away at the healthcare system.
In case you in missed out on the latest drama, here's a recap. On Thursday morning Donald Trump, the guy who is president of an allegedly civil nation, took to Twitter to strike the hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe.
He reserved a lot of his hostility for ankor Mika Brzezinski whom he referred to as “low IQ”, “Crazy”, and also "bleeding badly from a facelift.”
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
If all of this sounds awkwardly familiar, it's because it is. "Trump attacks women looks" is a constant and clearly bizarre fascination with bodily fluids.
In 2015, as an example, he accused then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly of unjustly targeting him, stating “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
Although Trump's most current tweetstorm was totally in character for the president, there were some in the media that still expressed a level of shock at the outburst.
Like Michael Grynbaum at the New York Times, as an example, who wrote "President Trump assailed the television host Mika Brzezinski on Thursday in unusually personal and vulgar terms".
Excuse me, did he use the word "unusually"? Exactly where has Grynbaum been for the last 12 months?
And Brian Stelter wrote: “Even by President Trump’s standards, these tweets were shocking.”
Once more, you'd have to be living under a rock for the last year to believe that these latest tweets (although undoubtedly revolting) were somehow more surprising than the hundreds of other repulsive things Donald Trump has said and done.
Would you like to know what's really shocking? That, in the end, Trump's misogyny does not hurt him in any way; if anything it aids him.
Certain there could be some short-term outrage regarding his remarks yet let's all keep in mind just how quickly the “grab them by the pussy” incidents was forgotten.
Donald Trump was elected president after he was caught flaunting about how he enjoyed to grab women without their consent - in addition, 53% of white women voted for him.
And if Trump were to campaign for the presidency tomorrow I have the feeling that 53% of white females would choose him once again. Misogyny runs deep in America and Trump utilised this to his benefit.
Internalized misogyny runs deep, also.
A research in 2016 by social intelligence firm Brandwatch discovered that women were most likely than males to be misogynistic on Twitter.
In an analysis of 19 million public tweets 52% of misogynistic tweets were composed by women, and 48% were created by men.
Ed Crook, who lead the study, informed Mashable that “women were most likely to use derogatory language pertaining to promiscuity, appearance and animals (eg bitch, cow, mare).”
Crook emphasized that the research had not mean't to attack women but to show the“normalizing of misogynistic language.”
And, indeed, Donald Trump's latest remarks concerning Mika Brzezinski will have done little to harm him with his most prominent female fans.
Ann Coulter, as an example, tweeted that Trump's Early morning Joe tweets had actually renewed her love for the president.
Whereas I renew my love for Trump after his Tweets. https://t.co/8nop04XcDs— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 29, 2017
Trump's latest remarks aren't an aberration of America. The fact that the most powerful man in the nation is tweeting these thoughts is a sad representation that misogyny is the status quo.