Not Even Kate Middleton Is Safe From Donald Trump's Tweets

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In 2012, Kate Middleton and Prince William were on a holiday on a private island in France, at a residence owned by a member of the extended royal family. Paparazzi invaded their privacy. Unbeknown to the princess, photogs captured Kate sunbathing topless and then sold them to publications. The matter became news, and Donald Trump took to Twitter with his opinion

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Trump's comments on the matter (in two tweets -- in 2012) are cringeworthy. He blames the victim.  

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"Kate Middleton is great -- but she shouldn't be sunbathing in the nude -- only herself to blame," the first tweet said. 

That was followed by this one, the next minute: "Who wouldn't take Kate's picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!"

I will tell you who wouldn't -- me. I would never do that to someone. Taking photos of someone famous without his or her knowledge and while he or she is nude and then selling them to make money is among one of the lowest things someone can do. It's violating and wrong. WRONG. Taking photos of anyone nude (famous or not) and showing them to other people is also wrong. I'm not sure how anyone could condone this behavior and blame the victim, but then again this is Donald Trump we're talking about. (Should we just chalk it up to more disgusting "locker room talk"? Reprehensible.)

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Apply this "Trump logic" to anything. What if you were changing your child's diaper in a public restroom and someone snapped a photo and sold it to be published, splashing your baby's body all over tabloids or worse for sinister reasons? Should we then blame the mother for changing her baby's diaper? This makes no sense. Kate is not at all to blame for doing whatever it is she wants to do privately and then have someone take photos on the sly with some powerful lens in an effort to make money. I could go on and on, but I'm hoping I don't have to. We all know this is wrong. 

There were six men responsible for these photos' being taken and published. The case went to trial recently and they are each looking at potential jail time and fines of around $48,000. 

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Victim-blaming is dangerous. It shows a lack of empathy and a failure to hold those who truly did the wrongdoing accountable. Let's remember that this was just five years ago -- Trump wasn't some teenager without a clue firing off hurtful comments on Twitter. It's not okay. Not then. Not now. Not ever. 

Let this serve as a reminder to all of us to be kinder, to have empathy, and to never partake in victim-blaming. The blame belongs with the perpetrator alone. If we remove even part of that blame from the one doing the harmful, criminal act, we are sending the wrong message.

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