I find it ironic that Donald Trump is suddenly being done in, not by anything related to being president (such as policies) but by the fact that he is a sexist asshole, which should have been long obvious to everyone (even if they weren’t actually paying much attention). As Jonah Goldberg put it:
Donald Trump is a fundamentally dishonorable and dishonest person – and has been his whole adult life. The evidence has been in front of those willing to see it all along. And there’s more to find.
On the heels of Trump being sued for sexual assault by Jill Harth, and saying insulting things about former Miss USA Alicia Machado (not to mention his comments about Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly), now there is video of him bragging about sexually assaulting women.
The video is from just a few months after Trump married his third and current wife, and when she was pregnant with his child. I think The Daily Beast sums it up neatly:
Character is what you do when nobody’s looking. And this video captures Trump in the middle of day, sober, a few months after being married, talking with a man he barely knows, bragging about sexual assault, while wearing a microphone.
So much for Trump’s claims to having “great judgment” and “the best temperament”. And for once, it does not look like he will be able to bounce back:
This entire campaign has been an exercise of the electorate being slowly simmered in a pot of boiling water, losing our sense of outrage amid a steady of onslaught insults and lies. But sex and cruelty resonates in a way that financial scandals or demagoguery just don’t.
Trump’s response to this latest revelation? “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not.” Again, he lies. In 2014 Trump tweeted “I consider myself too perfect and have no faults.”
And of course, Trump also claimed that he had personally heard far worse from Bill Clinton. But back in 1999, Trump told the New York Post:
People want me to run for president all the time … I don’t like it. Can you imagine how controversial I’d be? You think about Clinton and the women. How about me with the women? Can you imagine?
So what happens now? I’m going to guess that the Republicans will give Trump the “Dole treatment”. About 30 days before the presidential election in 1996 the GOP abandoned Bob Dole when it became clear that he was going to lose to Bill Clinton, and focused on down-ballot races. Already, many Republicans, including those who have endorsed Trump in the past, are calling for him to drop out of the race. Unfortunately, there is zero chance Trump will agree to do that.
UPDATE: Robert DeNiro does not mince words about Donald Trump:
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