The latest revelation about Trump should not have come as a surprise. A 2005 recording of him was released. In it Trump is in conversation with Billy Bush – a relative of the Bushes father and son. Donald J Trump expresses his belief that he is entitled to sexually assault any woman he wants because he is a ”star” and nothing can happen to him. This rider indicates that he knows this is criminal behaviour. He says he would grab a woman’s genitals without any semblance of consent. He brags about making sexual advances on married women.
Trump advocates committing sex crimes. This pervert inveighed against Syrian refugees in Germany accusing them of committing the very offence that he considers his prerogative. A handful of Syrian refugees in Germany did commit this crime but for every guilty man there were hundreds of innocent ones.
What beggars belief is that evangelical Christians will vote for Trump in such numbers. He is not a puritan. Those who claim to be clean living should detest his boasted marital infidelities, his indecent assaults and his foul language. His hatred for ethnic minorities – including Christians – and his wish to refuse entry to refugees should upset any Christian. He is pro gay rights which will discomfort many Christian extremists. He used to be pro abortion but is now more pro Life than anyone. He is alone among politicians in calling for women who have terminations to be punished. His advocacy of outright torture (”worse than waterboarding”) as well as the deliberate murder of children should outrage any Christian.
Trump has not sunk in the polls yet. Presumably it takes a few days for the effect to be felt. The Democrats will want his vile comments to be played on a loop.
The USA tends to take alleged sexual assaults too seriously. Such incidents are very distasteful. When it really is a sexual assault then yes it is a crime. This means touching a woman’s genitals, breasts or buttocks without lawful excuse, without any belief that the woman approved. There are of course some grey areas where there has been come coquetting in a social situation and there could be a misunderstanding. Honest mistakes are not crimes. In a nightclub when people have been drinking alcohol such accidents are likely to occur. Trump does not drink and was not hinting at any mistake. He would knowingly touch a vagina believing that the woman did not want him to do so. He is a pervert.
The USA has the Prevention of Violence Against Women Act. The title is noble but the content is not. It ought to be called the Prevention of Fair Trials Act.
Trump says this does not reflect his character. His public statements reflect his character. What else does? These comments are entirely in character. He has said such things many times. He is entirely consistent on this issue.
It is flabbergasting that Trump is performing so strongly. His showing is a damning indictment of Hillary Clinton. She ought to be riding high. WHy is she not 20% ahead in the polls. She is a leaden footed campaigner which is why she is not trouncing her. In a sense he is the ideal opponent. He cannot claim to be younger than her. He has no political experience. He is grossly offensive time after time.
It proves that we often overestimate the decency of the public. There are an awful lot of bigots out there. Many people loathe those of other ethnicities and faiths. Trump’s call for crimes against humanity to be committed attracts some people. Trump has torn up the playbook. He has been as undiplomatic as possible. His puerile ad hominem, his manifold lies and his constant policy shifts seem only to have redounded to his favour.
Trump will likely sink in the polls. He will lose by 8% as I previously said. This latest outburst should not come as a revelation. There is little left to say that he has not say already. His apology was reserved. Moreover, he tried to blame the media for his words! It is a wonder he did not say it was all a plot by Hillary and ISIS.
At least George H W Bush has had the decency to come out for Hillary. Most Republicans are chicken shit and will not endorse the only candidate who can stop Trump.
The real wild card is the Libertarian Party. They are polling 7%. This is excellent for them. Many of their voters are disaffected Republicans. If many of those Libertarians swing to Trump at the last moment it could upset things.
There is talk of dumping Trump but it is too late. The GOP establishment was right about him. But the Republican base warmed to his infantile war mongering race baiting bile. He is a rebarbative demagogue and dangerous egomaniac. His demented cult of the personality speaks volumes about him. He has named so many things after himself. It is deeply sick that many people adulate this narcissistic hate monger.
If the USA elects Trump the country will have reduced its claim to be a civilised country.