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A supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement was forced out of a Donald Trump rally in Birmingham, AL earlier today.
A Rise News reporter was on the ground and took video of the incident.
Jordan Cissell, our reporter relayed what he saw as he was watching the rally from the crowd:
“About ten feet behind me a scrum broke out in the crowd. The guy was shouting black lives matter and working his way through the crowd. A wall of people turned and started pushing against him. Then this group moved down like somebody had been shoved to the ground. Them the cops and security came and escorted him out. The BLM guy seemed wild eyed, then he started shouting fuck Trump as they walked him out.”
WATCH: BlackLivesMatter supporter removed from Trump rally in Alabama.
Many in the crowd told the man to calm down and told him that all lives mattered.
Trump said to throw the man out and made fun of news reporters for turning to film him.
Stay with Rise News. More exclusive video to come shortly.
WATCH: BlackLivesMatter supporter removed from Trump rally in Alabama.
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By Brian D. Johnson, PhD and Laurie Berdahl, MD
Donald Trump’s remarks about women during the presidential campaign and the years preceding it have often been termed sexist, cruel, misogynistic, and degrading.
While many parents are concerned about the negative impacts these comments may have on their daughters’ self-esteem and on equality for women in the workplace, we believe they have even farther-reaching, more deleterious implications for our children and society
As an ob-gyn physician and a child psychologist who raised our kids together, we’ve been increasingly concerned about the trend in sexualization of women and children.
We think that Trump’s behavior promotes this extremely detrimental process, which is linked to many problems including male aggression and violence against women and girls.
As opposed to undergoing healthy sexual development, girls are now pressured to grow up sexualized.
Interpreting the American Psychological Association’s Taskforce Report, any one of the following indicates sexualization of a girl: 1) she or others believe that her value is mainly or solely based on her sexual appeal or behavior; 2) her sexiness equates with a narrowly defined, unrealistic standard of physical attractiveness; 3) she is not a person but an object (a thing) to be evaluated and used by others for sexual purposes; or 4) sexuality is imposed on her (such as child sexual abuse).
Research clearly shows that sexualization imposes dangerous beliefs and behaviors on both girls and boys.
For girls, it’s associated with lower self-esteem, early initiation of sexual activity, depression, and anxiety, risk factors for being victimized by manipulation, and sexual, dating, and domestic violence.
Female sexualization makes both boys and girls more likely to be accepting of stereotypical gender roles and sexual aggression and violence against women, and to have lower empathy for victims.
When boys and young men believe that women are supposed to be sexual objects and men are to be dominant and aggressive, they’re more likely to mistreat women and commit rape.
Essentially, sexualization may function to keep girls “in their place” as objects of sexual use and beauty, while at the same time promoting aggression and violence against them.
Boys can but are less likely to be sexualized.
What does this have to do with Donald Trump?
Raising emotionally healthy and behaviorally smart children who don’t intentionally harm others based on gender or other differences requires that parents and other authority figures demonstrate belief in gender equality and respect for human dignity and work to stop the scourge of bullying.
Trump’s consistent, overt valuation of women such as former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, news anchors and reporters, celebrities, and political opponents based on body features like weight, buttocks, and breast size cannot be misconstrued—it clearly indicates belief that females are not equal to males but are objects to be rated by body type, demeaned, dominated, and used.
The double standard for male Trump surrogates, for whom physical characteristics like weight appear inconsequential, and hiring campaign associates accused of sexual harassment and domestic violence support this.
Donald even minimized and accepted sexual violence in the military as an expected consequence of having female and male soldiers working together.
This demonstrated his probable belief in a common rape myth: that rape is an impulsive, uncontrollable act of sexual gratification for men when they’re around women.
Yet he also benefits from women who may not fit his mold of acceptable, sexualized female “looks,” but who excuse his reprehensible remarks as silliness or blame victims for being too sensitive.
These remarks aren’t silly, but deadly serious.
Trump has even shown sexualized attitudes toward children including his own daughters. When asked about one-year-old Tiffany, he remarked that she was a really beautiful baby who has her mother’s legs and then making a gesture indicating breasts, commented that time will tell if she got her mother’s breasts.
Who says that about their baby girl?
A believer and promoter of sexualization of girls would.
Inappropriate statements about daughter Ivanka’s beautiful body and desire to date her (if he weren’t her father) have also emerged.
Upon meeting his good friends’ daughter, Paris Hilton when she was 12 years old, he reportedly said, “Who the hell is that?” and recounting the story said, “At 12, I wasn’t interested. . . but she was beautiful, ” reflecting attitudes that can result in abusing children sexually.
He later claimed to watch Hilton’s teenage sex tape that was leaked against her will.
In addition, Trump bullies women, as he tries to humiliate and dominate by using taunts, threats, sexual comments, rumors, lies, and name-calling, including referring to them as animals like pigs or dogs to dehumanize and reduce empathy for them.
Dehumanization and reduced empathy are common elements of an aggressive or violent perpetrator’s psyche allowing him or her to intentionally harm others for personal gain, free from a pesky conscience.
Bullies often manipulate people.
We believe that when Donald says, “I love women,” it reflects his love for what they can do for him rather than any interest in their well-being.
After all, he verbally attacks women who disagree with him.
Likely narcissism doesn’t afford him the ability to consider opinions different from his self-serving ones, making it difficult to nonaggressively react to other people’s perspectives, or to perceived challenges to his ego.
He instead uses classic modes of male dominance: interrupting women when they’re talking, and dismissing concerns or questions as indicating mental instability, “neuroticism,” or even—yes, really—menstruation!
By the way, when adults in children’s lives promote bullying or sexualization, or don’t speak up against others who do, it condones these behaviors.
So you can really help your kids by recognizing and expressing your disapproval of these practices, and by expecting kind and respectful treatment of men and women as whole people with thoughts and feelings.
Presidents are prominent authority figures who influence the behavior of others, including youth, and who should represent a nation’s overarching values—at least in a democracy.
As the leader of the free world, our next president will be in a position to either help reduce violence and aggression and promote gender equality shown to be vital underpinnings of good childhood outcomes for both boys and girls, or, alternatively, to usher in new heights of degradation of our daughters, harming their health and safety.
Words matter, and parents need to speak out to protect their children.
For practical methods to squelch sexualization, bullying, and sexual violence, see the authors’ new book, WARNING SIGNS: How to Protect Your Kids from Becoming Victims or Perpetrators of Violence and Aggression and website warningsignsforparents.com.
RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in the world. You can write for us.
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Rise News live blog: Here’s our snarky take on what is happening in the debate.
RR: Rich Robinson
CB: Chris Beacham
CB 10:53PM: @RR I agree, another solid night for Clinton.
CB 10:52PM: Instead of watching Clinton’s closing remarks referencing Star Wars, America was actually watching Star Wars.
RR 10:50PM: Hillary has a real chance to position herself as a sort of “America’s grandmother” type of figure. Very solid closing.
RR 10:48PM: A bit meandering from O’Malley in the closing. A bit of family history, student loans, climate change. A hot mess as far as closing statements go.
RR 10:45PM: Solid closing from Sanders. Bringing the family history into it really helped soften him and make him more three-dimentional.
RR 10:42PM: Sorry @CB: I literally fell asleep there for a second.
CB 10:39PM: ABC is the biggest fail of the night. Just awful. Questions, moderation, not allowing candidates to respond to remarks made about them, moving on without Clinton for a minute, etc. CNN looks really good next to this.
RR 10:33PM: I don’t like this question about the President’s spouse. Seriously could not care less.
RR 10:30PM:Hillary is the only one that has come across as presidential tonight. O’Malley sounds like he is still Governor of Maryland and Bernie is trying to be everything to all people.
CB 10:27PM: It is an important issue-Clinton’s stance is just more reasonable.
CB 10:25PM: O’Malley wants to put 12 billion dollars towards the drug epidemic. Let’s talk about reducing the national debt.
CB 10:23PM: Sanders says he wants to legalize marijuana and in the same breath says we need to get strict on opiates that are gateways to heroin. One can make the argument that marijuana is a gateway drug, and some doctors believe pot works like an opiate despite not technically being one.
CB 10:17PM: This debate just feels so unimportant despite the important issues.
CB 10:14PM: ……..zzzzzzzzz
RR 10:07PM: Back to Maryland for ole Martin. Is Maryland a utopian state? Sounds like it by the way he talks it up.
RR 10:03PM: Hillary questioning Sanders’ plan on healthcare and education.
CB 9:59PM: I agree with Sanders on colleges too. Spend a lot of money on unnecessary things that should be towards education or scholarships.
RR 9:59PM: Bernie sounds like he really doesn’t have a plan to pay for his universal healthcare plan.
CB 9:53PM: Obamacare does need a lot of fixing. But getting rid of the idea of universal healthcare shouldn’t be the answer.
CB 9:51PM: @RR Lol yeah, those had been there for awhile.
RR 9:49PM: Hillary finally gets to dust off those O’Malley opposition research reports sitting on the nightstand.
CB 9:48PM: We need some Trump to liven this up. Somebody needs to say something totally ridiculous.
CB 9:47PM: @RR Yeah, and that’s the DNC’s fault. It annoys me how rigged this is.
RR 9:45PM: “The greed of the billionaire class and the greed of Wall Street is destroying this economy,” Sanders.
CB 9:45PM: Sanders nails it on Wall Street
RR: 9:44PM: The problem for O’Malley is that he doesn’t have a lot of cash and the cash he does have, he is spending at a pretty high rate. He could have made a splash if these debates were higher profile but they really don’t mean anything.
CB 9:40PM: I think this is O’Malley’s worst debate. May be his last.
RR 9:39PM: I just don’t think that O’Malley constantly pivoting to his record in Maryland really works. People aren’t that interested. They want to hear about the future.
CB 9:38PM: Just wait for Clinton, ABC. This is a shitshow
RR 9:37PM: Hillary comes back late to the podium after ABC was on air for over a minute.
CB 9:36PM: Uh, where’s Hillary?
CB 9:30PM: Clinton wants to take out Assad? News to me.
RR 9:29PM: His name is Sanders, not Saunders. David Muir is having a hard time with that one.
RR 9:28PM: @CB: Interesting that O’Malley is using that tact. There are a whole lot of older folks in early states who will not appreciate it. (And many of them are activists who make a whole bunch of phone calls.)
CB 9:27PM: Audible gasps at O’Malley generation remark.
RR 9:26PM: Is O’Malley not a big NATO fan? Not really understanding his point in terms of how the US pivots to a new system of alliances.
CB 9:24PM: ABC is doing a terrible time. CNN has mastered the “let the person that was referenced respond” tactic
RR 9:23PM: Yeah, if we leave now then we can make the 10 PM showing.
CB 9:23PM: Wanna go see Star Wars?
CB 9:22PM: LOL @RR yeah this sucks
CB 9:22PM: Clinton actually is knowledgeable about foreign policy. No fear-mongering
RR 9:21PM: Oh wait a minute… Bernie is starting to go after Hillary on her penchant to support regime change. But he is not really being forceful about it.
RR 9:21PM: This is without a doubt, one of the most boring things I have ever watched in my entire life.
CB 9:18PM: Oh, so they’re letting Clinton break the rules…
RR 9:16PM: Hillary is getting pressed on foreign policy this evening. It is actually interesting to see her present a plan about how to engage with the Arab world.
RR 9:08PM: Hillary just went all grandma up in that answer. I don’t know the internets too good.
CB 9:04PM: Yes, it is okay to profile if there is suspicious behavior. Although I wouldn’t emphasize it excessively like the GOP, I agree political correctness shouldn’t be a primary motive.
RR 9:03PM: Meanwhile…
RR 8:56PM: O’Malley knows this is one of his last moments to make a difference and wants to drag it in the mud.
CB 8:56PM: O’Malley did some coke before the debate.
CB 8:54PM: Although I don’t know that they were moving on to something entirely different.CB 8:54PM: O’Malley deserved to speak on that topic.RR 8:54PM: MARTIN SMASH RULES OF DEBATECB 8:50PM: “Arming more people is not appropriate response to terrorism.”-Clinton.CB 8:48PM: I agree about O’Malley. Rehearsed for a fight and went with it even when there wasn’t one.RR 8:46PM: O’Malley having a hard time finding his footing in the early going. I think he hoped for a Sanders/ Clinton fight about the DNC.CB 8:45PM: Haha I like “snarky”.
CB 8:45PM: (Insert Star Wars Spoiler)
CB 8:42PM: Nicely handled by Bernie. O’Malley is overboard here.
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