Op-ed: The supposed ‘party of family values’ is overlooking major flaws in its candidate

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The race for the White House took a turn for the unusual when reality television star Donald Trump announced in June 2015 his plans to run for the presidency.

And in the time since, the Republican Party – which has often dubbed itself the “party of family values” – has dug its own grave, and the walls finally starting to cave in.

With Trump as the GOP candidate, the “party of family values” has been inconsistent at best regarding issues of sexual misconduct.

Take the controversial bathroom law in North Carolina.

When enacting the law that forces everyone to use the bathroom that matches the sex on their birth certificates, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said told police officers they were “the thin blue line charged with protecting the gender sanctity of North Carolina’s bathrooms. Be careful out there.”

This statement implies that transgender people are sexual deviants who would prey on those yielding them access to the bathroom of their choice.

Meanwhile, Trump has been accused of being an actual sexual predator by several women claiming sexual harassment. A Washington Post investigative report revealed a 2005 video recording in which Trump brags about rude behavior and treatment of women.

“I just start kissing them- it’s like a magnet,” Trump said on the 2005 tape. “Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you are a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”

And now many of the same Republicans who aligned themselves with North Carolina’s legislative attack on deviant sexual behavior have fallen back into GOP ranks behind their party’s own “predator.”

What this should tell voters is that Republican lawmakers and their chosen leader, not transgender people, are the real danger to society.

by Sam Oleksak

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