We have a bully in our midst, therapists and school counselors say, traumatizing the most vulnerable of us. That bully is the presidential campaign, including the so-called "Trump Effect."
Throughout his campaign, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a wall between the United States and Mexico, a ban against Muslims entering the country (since revised), and other "tough talk" that therapists say is creating mental distress among many Americans. Most recently, a videotape recorded by Access Hollywood showed Trump discussing women in lewd terms, which he later characterized as "locker room talk."
"I had two female clients in tears after the conventions in August," Minneapolis marriage and family counselor Kirsten Lind Seal said. "It really, really troubled them. And now with this new round of tapes, the deep disparaging of women and the casual dismissing of it as locker room talk, it's worse."