Donald Trump’s sex scandal (2016- ) has been all over the news in the US this past week. Trump says it is a plot “orchestrated by the Clintons and their media allies.” He is running for president against Hillary Clinton.
The election is three and a half weeks away. Trump is dropping like a rock in the polls, especially among women voters. But wait:
Just after the scandal broke, WikiLeaks started putting out emails from the Clinton campaign. The FBI suspects WikiLeaks is getting the emails from Russian hackers. Some of the emails seem to be real, but some might be doctored. So far nothing has come out that can equal the tsunami of Trump’s sex scandal and his amazing mishandling of it. But WikiLeaks might be saving the best for last.
The scandal broke on October 7th 2016: the Washington Post made public never-before-aired video from the NBC television show “Access Hollywood” in 2005. On it Trump is talking to Billy Bush, cousin of former President George W. Bush. Trump does not know he is being recorded:
Trump: Yeah that’s her with the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.
Bush: Whatever you want.
Trump: Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.
“Pussy” is a vulgar word, but worse, he is boasting about a sex crime.
Trump is famous for “telling it like it is”, but this he says is just “locker room talk”, not something he has ever done. But now women are coming forward, one after another, saying that he was telling it like it is! He says they are lying.
It is a he-said-she-said thing, but the he has told so many lies that his words hold little weight. And some of the shes have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and People magazine, which would be careful to avoid lawsuits for libel.
Trump, in his classic tone-deaf fashion, said of one of the women:
“Look at her. Look at her words. Tell me what you think. I don’t think so.”
He is not getting it.
He also uses the thief-thief technique, bringing up Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill’s sex scandals from the 1990s. That is a red flag pointing to Trump’s guilt.
Some Republicans are now distancing themselves from him. Apparently they draw the line at White women, not Muslims or Mexicans or Blacks.
Most Republicans, though, are sticking with him, even much of the religious right, people like James Dobson, who said of Bill Clinton in 1998:
“As it turns out, character DOES matter. You can’t run a family, let alone a country, without it. How foolish to believe that a person who lacks honesty and moral integrity is qualified to lead a nation and the world!”
– Abagond, 2016.
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