Lick the Ice Cream, Lock Away the Rapist - by Greer Clem

Before I get to the real news of the day, a brief interlude:

Today’s news cycle once again brought to the surface allegations that a 13-year-old girl was raped by Donald Trump while at a party at Jeffrey Epstein’s house, the millionaire mock-philanthropist indicted today on counts of sex trafficking underage women. Epstein had previously been convicted as a sex offender, pleading in 2008 to the molestation of underage girls to avoid time in federal prison. Trump was quoted in 2002 as saying, “I've known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” The fun Trump is referring to includes the rape of a 13 year old girl, corroborated by 3 signed affidavits of, one of which from a former employee of Mr. Epstein. The victim’s sworn affidavit includes threats from the sitting president that he would “make her disappear” and that he was capable of having her entire family killed.

While Mr. Epstein is being held in handcuffs, while a rape allegation against the president is once again brought to the surface, the country moves forward, dominated by real news, in particular a story about a teen who opened an ice cream container, licked the contents, and returned it. That news naturally went viral, with headlines about the “juvenile suspect” flitting across the internet and copy-cat ice cream-lickers ravaging the country. The situation has become so dire that certain establishments are locking away their frozen treats, placing signs on the glass doors that read “Please see employee for help.”

And though these ice cream molesters face the harsh punishment of the law, my soul is not eased. And why is that? The swift hammer of justice and the forceful wave of social media have punished these dairy de-frockers, but my mind remains uneasy. Could it be that I have been misinformed? Is this harrowing story of the nationwide threat to Magnum bars and slow-churned Dreyer’s not as important as the internet tells me? It cannot be so. It cannot be that I live in a country where rape gets less media attention than dairy pranks. It simply cannot be that people voted for a man accused of rape by over a dozen women, that one of them was 13 years old - the same age as my brother who still makes wishes on loose eyelashes and holds my hand when crossing the street.

It couldn’t have happened that a pedophile was able to escape prosecution because of an agreement made with a Trump-nominated prosecutor who created and signed the illegal non-prosecution deal. That the same man who nominated this prosecutor is the president, that he supported Roy Moore, another pedophile, in his Senate campaign in Alabama. That Trump had a modeling agency where he trafficked young women from overseas and paid them less than living wages. That Trump’s ex-wife herself has claimed he raped her.

This all cannot be for it would all be too much. Instead, I will focus on today’s victory: knowing that my frozen Snickers is safer today than it was yesterday and knowing that this is so because we live in a country with liberty and justice for all.

Greer Clem