Donald Trump, a candidate for president of the United States, certainly has a way with words. That is to say he consistently uses them without thought to how they will affect other people. By talking about women as objects and people of color as dangerous, he makes his own experience of the world the only one that exists. Trump’s recently resurfaced comments about sexual assault have had profound effects on women who have experienced this kind of violence, even re-traumatizing some of them.
Trump hit another low this week. The Daily Beast reported this morning that Trump called Marlee Matlin “retarded” during filming of his reality show The Apprentice. Marlee Matlin is deaf. She is also an actress. In fact, she was the first deaf performer to win an Academy Award for her role in 1986’s Children of a Lesser God.