Donald Trump and the GOP have ushered in and normalized a dangerous and disgusting trend of degrading women and their bodies. Trump’s infamous “grab ’em by the p*ssy” conversation, and Republicans’ failure to genuinely condemn his blatant lack of respect, has set the tone for the party’s continued denigration of women in many ways.
Despite their esteemed careers and credentials, Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and countless other women have had to endure second-rate treatment at the hands of Republican politicians and members of the press. If they stand-up to and/or report the treatment they receive, they run the risk of being labeled as weak, fickle, and/or unable to withstand the pressures of their jobs.
Nevertheless, the women above and many others press forward and continue to fight to ensure that girls and women worldwide are afforded equal opportunities and the respect they deserve.
Unfortunately, one of the many problems with the behavior of Trump and his Republican colleagues is that it has a domino effect. One gets away with egregious acts, so another commits offenses that are even more heinous in nature. Such seems to be the case with former Kentucky judge and Trump campaign official, Tim Nolan.
Nolan now sits in a Campbell County, KY jail with a bond of $750,000 and charged with human trafficking, rape, prostitution, witness tampering, and unlawful transaction with a minor. Nolan stands accused of coercing 17 women and girls into having sex with him by using money, drugs, and his position as a judge. Sadly, five of Nolan’s alleged survivors are said to be juveniles.
All together, Nolan faces 20 felony and two misdemeanor charges and faces more than 100 years in prison if he is convicted on all of the charges. The judge presiding over his case called him “potentially a danger to the community.”
Stephen Wolnitzek is a lawyer who has known Nolan for years and said that, although it’s hard to be surprised by anything, given what he sees in his everyday work, he is extremely surprised by what Nolan stands accused of:
‘In this day and age, it’s hard to be shocked, but I was shocked when I heard this.’
Court records indicate that Nolan’s alleged crimes took place between 2010 and 2017. Pointing out the vulnerability of the women Nolan preyed upon, Assistant Attorney General, Barbara Whaley said some of the alleged survivors were struggling with addiction and that Nolan used that as a way to have power over those he allegedly assaulted.
According to Whaley:
‘The defendant used money, drugs, housing, threats to call the probation office, and violent acts, as means to coerce, deceive and force these women to engage in commercial sexual activity, for months and sometimes years.’
Showing that he is like his Trump allies in more ways than one, Nolan also has an additional history of being connected to allegations of racism. He once posted a picture of someone dressed in a Ku Klux Kolan robe and hood on his Facebook page. Nolan claimed it wasn’t him in the picture, but it caused Nolan to lose his position on the newly reformed Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission. It didn’t cause him to lose his position with the Trump campaign.
Republicans have hit a new low if they’ll allow an alleged rapist, racist, sex trafficker, prostitute, and pedophile to work as part of a presidential campaign. Then again, attitude does reflect leadership and their fearless leader has admitted to grabbing women by the p*ssy and said that he’d date his daughter. Welcome to Donald Trump’s great America.