What Donald Trump and Rep. Jim Jordan really mean when they say "locker room talk" - 2018-07-07
Donald Trump shrugged off criticism of his claim that he gets to grab the genitals of anyone he wants as just "locker room talk." Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is trying to explain away why he shrugged off Ohio State wrestlers who say they told him the team doctor grabbed their genitals as just "conversations in a locker room."
Trump wasn't actually in a locker room, but on an Access Hollywood bus with Billy Bush. Jordan was actually in a locker room when half a dozen former athletes say he was told about abuses or would have noticed the "cesspool of deviancy" around the Ohio State wrestling team, where Jordan was a coach for 20 years. (Jordan is not accused of sexual misconduct himself, but of knowing about it and not acting.)
For Trump and Jordan, the locker room is a place, both metaphorical and literal, where men can be men. Their version of manliness values bravado and aggression above the needs of others. Trump, the most powerful man on the planet, and Jordan, one of the most powerful men in Congress, believe that manly men like themselves get to do (or not do) and say (or not say) whatever they want. It's not about responsibility to others. It's about what they get — what they're entitled to get as men.