Last night, Melania Trump went on record with Anderson Cooper to set the record straight about her husband. She painted a seemingly harmless story: She's the wife of a man who sometimes says things he doesn't mean. The way the media portrays him doesn't resemble the man she knows and he's actually a loving husband with whom she shares an unbreakable bond.
She also talks of Trump's self-proclaimed "locker room talk," saying it's just "how some men talk." She accepted they were offensive to her and inappropriate, though she has accepted his apology and moved on. She even has her own term for it: boy talk.
Here's the thing about "boy talk," Melania: You don't get "boy talk" from a 59-year-old man. It's not "boy talk" when that same man is still critiquing, judging and admonishing women based on looks to this day. Oh, and it's certainly not "boy talk" when that man can potentially become the President of the United States of America.
Additionally, Melania, "boy talk" is just that: boys saying silly things out of context. It can refer to talking about women's bodies in a derogatory or appreciative way. "Boy talk" refers to a comment about a woman they find attractive. "Boy talk" is about reaction, not action, and action is precisely what Trump described when he talked about grabbing women by the p***y.
What Donald Trump described in those tapes are actions that if he performed, he'd be legally tried for assault, rape and at the very least, sexual harrasment. "I moved on her like a b***h" is not "boy talk." "I moved on her like a b***h" is sexual assault. " I just start kissing them, it's like a magnet, just kiss, I don't even wait," is not "boy talk," it's assault. Oh, and suggesting that by grabbing them by the p***y means "you can do anything," is rape.
Look, I understand Melania wants to protect her husband at any cost. But by diminishing her husband's comments as just "boy talk", she's minimizing that a man's words are just that -- words, and will never be anything more. However, as we are now learning with Trump, words can amount to action, as is the case with the numerous women alleging various degrees of assault from the GOP candidate.
Let's just call this "boy talk" what it is: a grown man allegedly unafraid to resort to violence if things with a woman don't go his way.