Days after Donald Trump was elected president, a University of Georgia student reported to local police that a man threatened her with the same words that president-elect used to describe how he could get away with assaulting women.
The 22-year-old told Athens-Clarke County police that she was eating at the Waffle House in downtown Athens on Saturday when she overheard a group of men making racist comments about Mexicans.
When she turned around to face the group of men — who were all white — one of them reportedly stated that “he was going to grab (the student) by the p---y,” according to a police report cited by the Athens Banner-Herald.
The threat mirrored the president-elect’s vulgar remarks caught on tape in a 2005 video where he bragged about how he was able to “Grab [women] by the p---y,” by virtue of his fame. The video was leaked in October, days before the presidential elections, and prompted a number of women to come forward with accusations of sexual abuse against Trump.
Trump, however, has denied all allegations of sexual abuse and dismissed the comments on the tape — caught backstage on an “Access Hollywood” segment — as “locker room banter.”
With Trump’s election, many believe that there would be an increase in such incidents as men may consider such acts as being sanctioned by the nation’s choice for president.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based legal advocacy organization, reported last week that between the day Trump won and the following Monday, the nonprofit collected 437 reports of “hateful intimidation and harassment” against woman and minorities.
Jackson Katz, co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention — a program taught in high schools and colleges across the country — referred to the construction mogul’s election as a “disaster.”
“We elected a man who is openly misogynistic, who has a decades-long public life of ridiculing, belittling and sexually objectifying women,” Katz told the Huffington Post. “The fact that we have lifted him up to be the president makes a powerful statement about our society and what we accept.”