Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele complained last week that Donald Trump’s critics are being “a little bit disingenuous” in condemning the comments he made in 2005 boasting about being able to sexually assault women when the series “50 Shades of Grey” was so popular. EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, interviewing Steele on Thursday, played a clip of First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent speech eviscerating Trump for the comments. “…We’ve got a country that’s bought 50 million copies of ’50 Shades of Grey.’ They don’t exactly refer to women as treasured commodities or something to be revered there,” he said.
Steele added, “And despite the fact that many men struggle consistently with it – you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that if 50 million women love a book that describes sex as rough with elements of bondage and physical abuse, they’re probably fantasizing about it as well. And I know full well how that sounds, but that’s not my point. After all – we’re a country that values its citizens’ freedom above all else. That means nobody has the right to deem that book inappropriate or insulting. And nobody has. Heck, even I read it, and while on occasion it was a bit too much, I generally loved the girl-next-door-falls-in-love-with-the-dashing-billionaire plot.”
“However, here’s what bothers me about it,” he continued. “On one hand, we’re obviously living in a culture where women are at times perceived as nothing more than meat, in lack of a better term. Because, let’s face it – that’s pretty much what the book does. But on the other – those same women, and especially the liberal ones, seem to demand respect from men without acting in accordance with their demand. And that just doesn’t fly – I’m a guy, I should know.” He also added that the First Lady is the “perfect example” of that.
“When Beyoncé is getting down and dirty during a show, every girl and woman in the audience is doing the same without thinking about what they look like, including Michelle Obama,” Steele argued. “I mean, come on, we’ve all seen the Super Bowl. And they’re all happy about it. Then again, when somebody like Donald Trump makes a comment in a private conversation without having any knowledge whatsoever that somebody’s recording his every word, that same First Lady immediately labels him sexist and predatory. I don’t know about you, but where I’m from, we call that hypocrisy.”
“And that’s what bothers me so much about it, those double standards. Liberal women in particular seem to secretly crave physical abuse; when they actually suffer it, they run away from their husbands and report them to the police. They also act like there’s no tomorrow, engaging in promiscuous behavior; yet, when men start to treat them as promiscuous women, they complain and feel offended. When they’re dancing provocatively to Beyoncé, they enjoy every minute of it; but when Donald Trump is recorded talking about some innocent foreplay, he’s labeled a sexual predator and borderline abusive. Bottom line? I’m finally starting to understand gays – they’re leading much more stress-free lives without all the women around,” Steele concluded.