Email #48, Subject: “unacceptable”?

Hundreds of thousands of people marched on Washington yesterday to protest Trump taking office. My wife and daughter were among them. As you know, the March was especially a response to the remarks the President made about sexually assaulting women. The tape documenting his statements came out during the campaign, but I read a recent survey that shows that 83% of Americans still remember it. Of them 61% were “upset” by it, and 91% considered his remarks “unacceptable.” I assume you are of the 83% who recall the tape. I am of the 61% upset by it. Are you also? And are you also of the overwhelming majority who condemn the President’s statements? If so, would you please make a statement expressing your disapproval? This is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue. Sexaul assault is a crime. Even if our President is innocent of it, his remarks openly promote it. You told me in an earlier letter that you feel elected officials should be held to the “highest standards.” To what standards are you holding President Trump?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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