Over the weekend, the Washington Post leaked audio/video of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. The clip is from 2005 (he would’ve been around 60 years old at the time) and it captures Trump in a hot mic environment — having a conversation with “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush — boasting about kissing and groping women. At one point, Trump says he can “do whatever he wants” to women, including “grab ‘em by the p*ssy” and it doesn’t matter because he’s famous. He also happens to notice actress Arianne Zucker, who was standing nearby as his escort for the interview, and says to Billy:
I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women] — 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. Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.”
Within hours of the leak, the whole thing went viral and it’s been the lead story on every major cable news network across the country and has ranked among the top trending topics on social media nonstop. Several GOP politicians have withdrawn their Trump endorsements, some analysts have said this is the end of his campaign and others are even calling for Pence to replace him on the Republican ticket as Clinton is already ahead in several polls. (Even Pence couldn’t gloss over the tape audio.) Also, Tic Tac made sure to weigh in on the controversy by sending out a tweet clarifying that they respect women and find Mr. Trump’s comments and behavior completely unacceptable, officially turning this election into a real-life episode of “Veep” and inspiring me to pray forthe apocalypse.
Anyway, as you’re probably aware by now, Trump released an embarrassingly awful apology video, in which he read from a poorly-written, overly-cliche teleprompter script, barely mentioned his sin and then proceeded to argue that Bill Clinton is still worse than him. I’m all for grace and forgiveness — and there’s no doubt that we’ve all sinned and fallen short — but deflecting attention to Bill’s immorality and corruption doesn’t make Trump’s immorality and corruption any less significant or the consequences any less relevant and damaging. I realize that’s the only thing that folks like Sean Hannity feel they can do at this point, but the truth is that it just comes off as ridiculously petulant, immature and childish. And, again, it doesn’t negate the impending consequences, which will likely be, among other things, a Hillary presidency.
Speaking of Hannity, I’ve noticed his latest bit of unhinged lunacy seems to be promising to hold the #NeverTrump crowd responsible should Hillary Clinton win the election. From his viewpoint, not voting for Trump is the same as voting for her. Of course, this is logical fallacy at its finest. As I mentioned briefly on Facebook the other day, presidential elections are not binary choices, they’re moral choices. You’d think that a self-professing conservative Christian like Sean Hannity would understand this concept. There’s a lengthy, exhaustive list of 2016 presidential candidates to choose from and if you don’t like any of them, you can always go with the write-in option. There’s absolutely nothing forcing you to vote only for candidate A or only for candidate B. There is nothing forcing you to vote for Hillary or Trump. (Unless, like Sean, you’ve hitched your wagon to their campaign and sold your soul to their movement or been promised some sort of administrative position.) When you vote, you’re voting for someone. Whether or not that person has any chance of winning is a separate issue altogether. Your vote still counts regardless and your conscience can still be clear. Isn’t that the whole point of voting?
Besides, what good is party loyalty if you have to betray your morals, values, integrity and principles to maintain that loyalty? Isn’t that supposed to be the difference between us and the liberal progressive Democrats? Aren’t we supposed to be holding ourselves to a higher standard?
I keep hearing from Trump supporters — online and in my personal life — who seem shocked and disillusioned by Trump’s comments and behavior. But why? Let’s just cut the crap. You knew. You all knew. You’ve known for over a year exactly who Donald Trump is and what he stands for. You knew when you picked him over a dozen better-qualified candidates that he was a sexist, immoral, perverted creep who has no business whatsoever being on the conservative Republican ticket for president of the United States of America. You knew he wasn’t a conservative or a Republican. You knew he wasn’t taking this presidential run seriously and probably wouldn’t even care if the Democrats won. You knew there would be so much dirt in his past that he wouldn’t stand a chance running against virtually anyone on the Democratic ticket. You knew all of this and yet you still chose him. And now look where we are.
See, it’s not Trump’s words that are the real problem here. It’s not that Trump said “p*ssy” or that he talked about “f*cking” a woman. For God’s sake, if that sort of language really and truly “offended” enough people, especially women, then books like “Fifty Shades of Grey” wouldn’t be bestsellers and guys like Howard Stern would be out of a job. The real problem is that he’s essentially admitting to sexual assault and that — as a result of this admission — he will lose many conservative, independent and undecided voters by the droves (it’s already happening), thereby handing the election to Hillary Clinton on a silver platter. THAT IS THE PROBLEM. Sorry for screaming, but I’m frankly at my wits end with the utter ignorance and blatant hypocrisy on display in this election cycle, particularly from many conservatives who should know better — conservatives who should have known better from the very beginning.
At this point, as I’ve said before, the only hope conservatives really have lies in voting for principled down ballot candidates. Despite what you might be hearing from sycophantic lickspittles like Sean Hannity or Eric Bolling, Trump is sinking in the polls and it’s probably only going to get worse from here. Mark my words: the Hillary campaign has much worse dirt on Donnie and they’re waiting to see if he just winds up going into an all-out self-destruct mode (which is always a likely possibility with Trump.) But, whether you like it or not, a Hillary presidency is almost inevitable. That’s why we must have a Republican Congress ready to stop her insane agenda and block her Supreme Court nominations.
Yes, Trump did alright overall at Sunday night’s debate, but in the big picture, it’s unlikely to change anyone’s minds once they’re in the voting booth. This election is over and everyone knows it. I know it. You know it. Trump knows it. Clinging to an alternative reality isn’t going to help anyone.
The only true reality is that the Trump Titanic is sinking rapidly and pulling conservatism under with it, much to Hillary’s delight. Now might be a good time to start looking for the inflatable life vests.
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