32 long, dark nights for America: Is this what was meant by braggadocious?

by awindram

Thirty-two long, dark nights to go. 

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Here is my statement”

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”

Daily election of interest: Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005

“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago.Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”

Obviously tonight’s news is the surfacing of a 2005 recording from the Access Hollywood bus of Donald Trump and Billy Bush lewdly talking about women.

Extract from transcript

Trump: “I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — 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.”

Bush: “Whatever you want.”
Trump: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

There’s been strong condemnation both in the media and from many in the GOP. Former GOP Governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman called on Trump to drop out of the race.

Speaker Ryan, hours after tweeting about how victims of sexual abuse deserves sexual protection, found himself fielding queries about how his party’s candidate feels he can just kiss a woman or grab them “by the pussy”.

Running mate, Mike Pence was campaigning in Ohio and found himself in the plot of a VEEP episode when the press were quickly ushered out of an event he was attending. According to CNN, “the press was supposed to cover Pence looking at a wall of signed hot dogs, including one by Donald Trump, but were later told they couldn’t record the moment.” His staffers presumably deciding that having their guy look on approvingly at what might seem like a wall of dicks might end up backfiring on them.

Billy Bush apologized. His role is fascinating because he is first cousins with Jeb and George W as well as nephew of George H. W.  Who would have guessed that of all the Bush family it would be little cousin Billy who’d have the biggest impact this election?

As for Trump and the reaction, I found myself reminded of a great line from Norm MacDonald – “you know, with Hitler, the more I learn about that guy the more I don’t care for him.”

Trump is a candidate who is caught saying he can grab women by the genitals and it isn’t even a surprise. It is totally in keeping with what know of Trump. That a shitty reality star is a shitty person is to be expected, likewise that the former owner of the Miss Universe competition hold antediluvian views on woman.  There is absolutely nothing surprising in all of this; what was surprising was that he became the actual nominee in the first place. It’s perhaps pecuilar if this is the point where we end up generally considering he has crossed the line considering the litany of hateful statements he has made. I’d argue he started this campaign about 10 feet in front of the line. So, yeah, today he didn’t cross the line, it just seems like he did because he’s so offensive he lapped himself.