Unless you spent the past few days hiding out in some far-flung corner of the world, you probably noticed a change in the wind. You probably noticed that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign just imploded.
That we heard him saying unimaginable things about women may or may not be a crossing of the Rubicon moment. Time will tell, but regardless of the outcome, things are not looking great for the GOP’s great orange hope. The whole party has slid into a mode of panic usually reserved for national crisis.
Having previously refused to apologize for having insulted Latinos, Mexicans, the disabled, women, Iowa, Macy’s, Neil Young, voters, veterans and the Super Bowl, Trump finally relented. In a video posted to his Facebook page, he said:
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more-than-a-decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize. I’ve traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me.”
Search For Perfection
Donald Trump actually has claimed perfection.
Still, the idea that his misogynistic locker-room banter is a thing of the past is about as hard to swallow two five pound breakfast burritos.
In recent years, Trump has described breastfeeding as disgusting. Trump told New York Times columnist Gail Collins, that she has the face of a dog. He offered a reward of $1 trillion to anyone who was prepared to make out with Rosie O’Donnell. He blamed sexual assault on cohabitation and accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of being unable to satisfy her husband.
The billionaire even complained that Heidi Klum was no longer a ten, suggested that abortion should be punishable, and just last month, called a former Miss Universe winner and Alicia Machado, Miss Piggy.
The Shortest Distance Between Two Points
From a distance, the words captured via hot mike back in 2005 really do seem to reflect who he is. Perhaps people might be forgiven for thinking that this vile, ageing Lothario’s attitudes are as much an anachronism as his 1970’s style hair weave. Who could blame those who have reviewed the evidence and come to the conclusion that Donald Trump is sexist? That a man with Hooters-orange skin and a delusional belief that he can still pass for 35 might be trying to conceal something? Who could blame them?
If only someone could leap to his defense. Maybe those who know him personally and can explain how this was all some great big misunderstanding.
But usually non-political actor and director Ron Howard debunked that idea with ONE tweet:
Trumps says "Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” Sorry but i know people who do know him -it is exactly who he is
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 8, 2016
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