US Presidential election campaign has become murky. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are fighting against each other in probably the dirtiest Presidential election campaign in the history of the US. The no-holds-barred run-up to the election has seen several incidents that people get to see generally in TV reality shows. Consider these:
1. A 2005 tape showed Donald Trump involved in an obscene conversation about women. The tape was obtained by The Washington Post. Trump can be heard saying: “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab ’em by the p***y. You can do anything.”
The tape was a major embarrassment for the Trump campaign. The nature of the conversation, however, was private. People talk nastiest things about women often in private. It is wrong but is it right to air such filthy conversation. Americans should ask themselves.
While one may wonder how the release of the tape by the US media was good for the country, it is certain that even reality shows use beeps to downplay vulgarity. The US media thought it wise to let the entire country, including schoolchildren, get exposed to foul language.
2. In August some artist installed a naked statue of Donald Trump outside a Manhattan subway stop. An activist collective called ‘Indecline’ had claimed they were behind the naked Trump statue, which was eventually hauled by public workers.
3. On Tuesday, a shocking statue of nude Hillary Clinton was placed by somebody outside the same subway stop. The statue created a furore and in a video, a woman was seen knocking down the statue and sitting on it to stop anyone from removing it.
4. In August, a US newspaper published some nude photos of Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump. Melania had got those pictures clicked several years ago while she was pursuing modelling as a career.
Not to judge the American psyche, but it appears that people and the US media are having a ball as scandals after scandals involving both the candidates appear.
US Presidential elections are scheduled to be held on November 9.