When you think “October Surprise”, you probably thought it would be something related to Hillary. Perhaps her Wall Street speeches, which most Democrats seem to be blowing off, because party before country. Perhaps something from her emails. Something about Bill’s typical sexual assaults and disgusting comments about women. Nope
(Washington Post) Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.
The video captures Trump talking with Billy Bush, then of “Access Hollywood,” on a bus with the show’s name written across the side. They were arriving on the set of “Days of Our Lives” to tape a segment about Trump’s cameo on the soap opera.
Late Friday night, following sharp criticism by Republican leaders, Trump issued a short video statement saying, “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.” But he also called the revelation “a distraction from the issues we are facing today.” He said that his “foolish” words are much different than the words and actions of Bill Clinton, whom he accused of abusing women, and Hillary Clinton, whom he accused of having “bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”
“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,” Trump said.
The link has the transcript of the recording, which, for the most part is simply men talk, which can get pretty crude. I’m not going to defend Trump: that’s on him. What man out there can’t say they haven’t had conversations that are like this, or worse? Heck, have you ever heard women talk? My goodness, it can be disturbing what they say.
Let me point out a few things, though. All in all, Trump has never done anything as bad as the Clintons. He has never been continuously accused of sexual assault and rape over decades. He’s never essentially put Americans in harms way and left them to die. Sure, he hides his taxes. Hillary hides everything, including her emails and her speeches. Her scandals would be huge, if she had an R next to her name.
Oh, and then there’s this
For all those freaking over Trump's sexist comments from 2005, he was a registered Democrat at the time
— Deplorable Teach (@WilliamTeach) October 8, 2016
That’s right. So, he was speaking Democrat at the time.
This all has implications for Trump. You know the media will beat the drum on a constant basis with this tape. Rep. Jason Chaffetz has withdrawn his endorsement. Rep Mike Coffman (R) says Trump should step aside, as does Rep. Barbara Comstock (R). Senator Kelly Ayotte calls the comments offensive and inappropriate.
This election should have been easy for Republicans. It should have been a cakewalk. The #NeverTrumpers and those of us who were very much against Trump but could still be woo’d warned about the danger of nominating Trump. The question now is “will this resonate with the voters?”
Crossed at Right Wing News.