Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sexual predator Trump issues non-apology to women over his recorded lewd remarks

The video is here on YouTube.

The NY Times, among others, carried the story quoted below.

Donald J. Trump issued an unusual videotaped apology early Saturday after a 2005 recording surfaced that showed him speaking in extraordinarily vulgar terms about women, setting off an uproar in the Republican Party.

“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” he said. “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”

The apology came as the presidential nominee faced extraordinary censure from Republican leaders after the tape was made public. The recording captures Mr. Trump speaking about pushing himself on women and boasting that he could get away with “anything” because of his celebrity.

In the three-minute recording, which was obtained by The Washington Post, Mr. Trump recounts to the television personality Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood” how he once pursued a married woman and “moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there,” expressing regret that they did not have sex. But he brags of a special status with women: Because he was “a star,” he says, he could “grab them by the pussy” whenever he wanted.

“You can do anything,” Mr. Trump says.

He also said he was compulsively drawn to kissing beautiful women “like a magnet” — “I don’t even wait” — and talked about plotting to seduce the married woman by taking her furniture shopping. Mr. Trump, who was 59 at the time he made the remarks, went on to disparage the woman, whom he did not name, saying, “I did try and fuck her. She was married,” and saying, “She’s now got the big phony tits and everything.”

So given the public outrage what can/should/do Republicans do? Any other candidate would be up to his/her neck in deep doo-doo. Let's see with more from the NY Times story.

Trump's non-apology

Hours before his video apology, Mr. Trump released a statement on Friday afternoon expressing regret “if anyone was offended” by his comments, but he tried to play down the tape as a snippet of “locker room banter.”

Ryan withdraws invitation

On Friday night, Speaker Paul D. Ryan withdrew an invitation for Mr. Trump to appear alongside him in Wisconsin this weekend. Mr. Ryan described himself in a statement as “sickened” by Mr. Trump’s remarks.

Pence is vice apologist of vice

His running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, brushed off the banter at a rally in Rossford, Ohio. “They’ll say, this time we got him,” Mr. Pence said. “This time we got another thing, another issue that’s come forward. Then they turn on the next television the next morning, and Donald Trump is still standing stronger than ever before and fighting for the American people.”

But Mr. Pence also telephoned Mr. Trump on Friday night and urged him to show humility, according to an adviser to the nominee who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation. (Mr. Trump had already decided to apologize when Mr. Pence called, the adviser noted.)

John McCain ducks any responsibility

Senator John McCain of Arizona, who has endorsed Mr. Trump, said, “There are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments.” He was clearly worried about how they might affect his own re-election campaign, adding, “He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.”

In contrast, Jon Huntsman advises dump Trump

Another Republican to turn his back on Mr. Trump on Friday was Jon M. Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, who just a week ago said he planned to vote for Mr. Trump. He told The Salt Lake Tribune that the nominee should withdraw from the race.

Kelly Ayotte takes a hit on the campaign trail

Ms. Ayotte, one of the most prominent women in the party, was facing immense pressure Friday night from other Republicans to disavow Mr. Trump entirely, and was said to be considering it. In an illustration of the Democratic onslaught, her opponent, Gov. Maggie Hassan, called Mr. Trump’s comments inexcusable.

“It is beyond comprehension how Senator Ayotte could continue to support this man for the highest office in the land, let alone call him a role model,” Ms. Hassan said.

I guess "outrage" is a Democratic reaction. The Republican women helped to nominate this thug, then embraced him, and now have to live with him - in spite of his vulgarity and how he thinks of and speaks all women. They cannot possibly, it seems, backtrack and disown Trump.

Will Trump reverse course and go on the attack against Bill Clinton?

Before this latest sorry mess blew up, Trump said he would not attack Bill Clinton, that from Greg Sargent (Washington Post/Plum Line).

... this effort [to remake Trump] would likely suffer yet another setback if Trump makes good on his repeated threat to make an issue of Bill Clinton’s affairs at the next debate. GOP focus groups have already shown that this line of attack backfires by engendering more sympathy for Hillary Clinton among female voters. Coming from Trump, who is already seen by college educated whites, particularly women, as sexist, the backlash could be even worse. So such an assault could further alienate college educated women by reminding them of Trump’s year of attacks on their gender.

And that’s why Trump is now telling the New York Post that he won’t go after Bill’s affairs at the next debate, after all. ...

But now?

Tomorrow night's debate is going to be very interesting. If this whole business comes up, and I cannot see how it won't, watch for Trump to deflect by bringing Bill Clinton into it. I predict Hillary will go high and argue that this campaign is about her vs. Trump, not about Bill.

Update: Sex-capades featuring Trump as "groper in chief"

Just when you thought that Trump's sexual misbehavior could not get worse, I remind you that it already has. Nicholas Kristof reports on charges from the 90s about Trump's aggressive behaviors toward women.

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