After 18 months of lewd comments and misogynistic remarks, the release of the Trump tapes where the candidate can be seen and heard bragging about activity that can only be described as assault has pushed many women to the breaking point with Trump. At this point, it's a choice for many between watching him on TV and breaking their TVs.
These aren't people who are dropping out of the process—it was watching the news, after all, that upset them—they just can't look at him. Survivors of sexual assault and people who know them, especially, now face a situation in which a seemingly proud harasser is stalking their TVs. Director and actor Amber Tamblyn went viral this weekend with a post outlining how Trump brought her right back to her own assault. Tamblyn didn't announce she was sitting out the debate for self-care, but many others did.
The cognitive toll is even greater on women of color, who have to combine Donald's pro-groping attitude with his rants about how minorities live in hellscapes from whence only he can free them.
It's a big enough trend to attract the attention of local businesses, anyway.
Even among those who did, the race is clearly taking a toll.
How are you handling this election? Has it gotten to the point for you where you might have to go print-only, or turn off the TV and internet entirely until November? Whether you're glued to the screen or running for the hills, take care of yourself. We'll all get to November one way or another.