Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are engaged in a feud that involves treating wives like possessions.
Here is the presumptive GOP nominee publicly treating his wife and his opponent’s wife like pieces of property, continuing the chauvinist feuding from earlier in the week:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
Trump uses an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz, who is married to Trump’s opponent Ted Cruz, in the way that unflattering photos of women are often used to mock and discredit them (hint: Hillary Clinton), and then juxtaposes it against a flattering photo of his wife — the implicit commentary being that he “wins” because his wife is more attractive.
Essentially, he is just saying, “my property is better than your property.” He might as well have compared photos of their houses or cars. It’s blatantly objectifying—and treating women as possessions is one of the most basic forms of misogyny.
Lest you imagine that I’m attributing to Trump an attitude he does not hold, in his 2007 book Trump 101: The Way to Success, he wrote: “Beauty and elegance, whether in a woman, a building, or a work of art is not just superficial or something pretty to see.”
Women are nothing more than things to him, things to be owned, our value conferred exclusively by whether he finds us attractive.
Trump has a problem with women. A problem that will likely cost him the general election if he’s the GOP nominee.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)