Saturday, October 8, 2016

Even more on Donald Trump, sexual predator-in-chief

It seems that the latest example of Trump's sex-capades burst the dam and released more and more reports of his alleged sexual aggression. Here is more from John Cassidy at the New Yorker, A Sexual Predator in the Republican Party's Midst.

What should a national political party do if it discovers, four weeks before an election, that its candidate for President is a man who once described his behavior in terms that fit a sexual predator? That was the unprecedented dilemma that the Republican Party was dealing with on a remarkable Friday night, and as Saturday arrived the outcome of its deliberations wasn’t entirely clear.

[Snip - more here on the "Access Hollywood" tape.]

Even as Republicans were digesting the “Access Hollywood” tape, other stories were emerging, or reĆ«merging, about Trump’s sexual history, which has been a subject of gossip in media circles for months.

The Daily Beast reported on Friday night that the unnamed married woman in the “Access Hollywood” tape whom Trump tried and failed to have sex with was one of the show’s former hosts, Nancy O’Dell, who also co-hosted Trump’s Miss Universe contest. The Daily Beast report cited stories from 2007 that alleged Trump tried to fire O’Dell from his beauty pageant because he “didn’t like the way she looked while she was several months pregnant.” On social media, meanwhile, many people pointed to an upcoming hearing in a federal lawsuit in which an anonymous woman has accused Trump of raping her in 1994, when she was only thirteen years old. A lawyer for Trump has described the charges, which were originally filed in California, as “categorically untrue and an obvious publicity stunt aimed at smearing my client.”

Regardless of the merit of that lawsuit, the “Access Hollywood” tape has refocussed attention on Trump’s history of making offensive remarks about women, and openly regarding them as sex objects. Earlier this week, for example, the Associated Press reported that during his time on the reality-television series “The Apprentice,” Trump “repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language, according to show insiders who said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he’d like to have sex with.”

That is the person the Republican Party picked as its candidate for the White House. With voting day fast approaching, it is now paying the price.

One can only hope.

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