Saturday, October 08, 2016

Donald Trump's Disgraceful and Disgusting Non Apology

I can only imagine what the atmosphere must have been like at the Trump Tower last night.

But it couldn't have been pretty.

The panic, the wailing, the sheer desperation. And the old hog bellowing "I'm better than Bill Clinton, and I will make America Great Again #!!@#!!!

But when shortly after midnight, Donald Trump and his Trumplings finally agreed on a statement, it couldn't have been more inadequate, or more disgusting.

Can you believe that? 

Claiming that his vile misogyny is just a distraction, threatening to smear Hillary Clinton at Sunday's debate.

And absurdly asserting that his crude sexist comments don't reflect the man he is today.

When in fact putting down more than half of the American people is no mere distraction, it's an outrage. Threatening the Clintons makes him even more of a dirty old man. If that's possible.

And his record of misogyny does define who he is, and is both long and horrifying.

And the only question is what will the Republican Party leaders do, and is Paul Ryan still planning to support Trump? 

Because if he does, it will be the death of the Republican Party.

And I'm with the Republican activist Ana Navarro.

It's time to disown the Donald.

And recognize, like Matthew Yglesias does, that a Donald Trump presidency would bring shame on their country.

This isn’t about fitness for the presidency. This is about basic human decency. As Emily Crockett writes, Donald Trump’s leaked 2005 conversation with Access Hollywood’s Bill Bush isn’t merely lewd or colorful. It is an explicit description of sexual assault, and of Trump’s comfort with using his power to take what he wants, and to harm others.

And that his "apology" shouldn't just offend women, it should offend men as well.

The apology is perhaps the most telling part of all this. Trump doesn’t think what he said was so bad. He thinks it’s ... normal. He thinks it’s how men talk in locker rooms. He is sorry if anyone was offended. 

This is not normal. This is not how men speak in locker rooms. And the problem here is not that someone, somewhere, was offended. The problem is if the rest of us are not offended.

Most of whom, while not perfect, are better than that.

Unlike Trump's basket of degenerates and deplorables...

Who are the scum of the earth. 

And yes, enough is ENOUGH.

There are no more excuses for doing nothing.

If we elect him, there will be no excusing our actions to future generations, no pleading ignorance in the face of threat. It was all here. It was all obvious. It will all be visible to our children, and to historians. 

Trump told us who he was, showed us who he was, again and again. The test here is not of his decency, but of our own.

Organize, unite, and defeat this bigot, this bully, this monstrous misogynist...

Stand up for decency.

And make America clean again...


Bear Cat said...

The thing that strikes me about this apology is how much he looks like a kid whose parents are forcing him to apologize to someone. His voice, his posture, say to me that the only reason he's reading this apology is that his handlers made him and he's not happy about that either.

Pierre Dupont said...

I've been in locker rooms and they aren't the same as he has been...sure there's boasting about sports accomplishments and spouses/drinking/whatever, but no one ever advovated rape/assault and if they had? They'd be off the team and seeking help before long.

Elect Hillary America and make the Republicans take stock as (sadly, but happily for us on the left) the CPC is failing to take stock at present.

David said...

Read what Ana Navarro also said on CNN.

Simon said...

hi Bear Cat...I agree with you, he does look like a kid being forced to apologize for something he isn't sorry about. And I can only imagine what that process must have been like. For if you listen to it, that non apology begins well, and ends disastrously, with Trump insisting on having the last word. And screwing himself in the process...

Simon said...

hi Pierre...I too have been in many locker rooms, and I never heard that level of dirty talk. Just the odd guy bragging about his latest conquest, while all the others roll their eyes and do their best to ignore him....