Exercises in authoritarianism

Donald Trump’s unfortunate, if entirely unsurprising recommendation, “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything you want,” has attracted a by now standard defense from his supporters: “Bill and Hillary are worse.”

However, Trump’s comment must be generalized beyond simply promoting sexual assault: He thinks of women as property.

In that, he is equal to Bill and Mrs. Bill. The difference is that they comfortably understand their ownership extends to everyone, and they should avoid bragging about it. Because Trump is a slow to learn political novice, he hasn’t thought about that yet.

But he will.