I just watched the video of Donald Trump conversing with a few other men prior to the taping of a segment for Access Hollywood. In the tape, Trump openly states that he tried to have sexual intercourse (a word, presumably the “f” word, is bleeped out) with a particular women and failed. He speaks of her transformation since that time and the alleged breast implant surgery she had. He talks about the benefits of being famous, which he claimed allowed him to kiss women without asking them and to grab their private areas (he uses the “p” word). He and the other men also describe a female they are seeing on some videotape, paying particular attention to her legs.
I think I have included all or at least the most salient details of the video recording. The design of its revelation is to shame Trump supporters into abandonment. At least among some of the high and mighty, it has worked.
You must evaluate the video and its context and its sudden appearance in the midst of a heated campaign, including the motives of the person behind the operatives who discovered and released it, and decide what significance it has. You must assign your value to it without respect for the torrent of publicity.
I can only offer my perspective based on my experience, my values, and thus my own personal situation. Some will accuse me of being a blind and obtuse Trump supporter. That is false, but it is probably a waste of time to make that argument to some.
Do I like what Trump said? No. Does it fall short of what I believe to be objective moral standards? Yes, his conversation fell quite short. Would I prefer a candidate who manifests a stronger moral code in his character in that area? Yes.
Yet the “revelation” of the video recording does not amount to a hill of beans.
That’s correct. It amounts to virtually nothing. Why? Because most, if not all, men have spoken that way about their sexual desires and about women, whether or not there is actually any truth to what they are saying. Guys, when they get together and let off steam, or when they feel the need to promote an image of alpha maleness – and women often do the same in regard to men – speak about sex and sexual actions and women frankly and graphically. Understanding that some may have been pure or perhaps scared to think and speak in this area in such a way, I suspect a majority has behaved in this way, though perhaps few will admit it.
Do men actually live out what they say in these “locker room moments”? Some do. Some take what is usually over the top fantasy expression or male chest thumping and make the effort to live it. The notion that the expressions or the actions based on the expressions intrinsically constitute misognyny is nothing but bullshit, political rhetoric designed to win votes for the accuser behind the revelation.
Do men use women to get sex, and do women use men to get sex? Yes. Do they talk about it, sometimes crudely and graphically? Yes. Does it mean they hate the opposite sex because of the sex they are? No. Do men or women many times take advantage of the strength of their social position to obtain the sex they want? Yes. Does it mean they hate the opposite sex? No, at least not necessarily. It does evince a narrow view of the opposite sex, one that I believe is detrimental to the establishment of loving, trusting relationships, not merely at home but in society. It means men or women have been using members of the opposite sex and talking crudely about them since the dawn of time. To use members of the opposite sex, men and women flout moral principles which, I would argue, should be universally accepted but are not.
Why, then, the outrage, particularly by Republican officials?
Unfortunately, some Republicans have been looking for a way to dump Trump or at least eject their and everyone else’s support from him like ballast from a submarine, and it has nothing to do with misogyny or xenophobia or racism or bigotry or sexual antics or anything moral and ethical. It has to do with upsetting the establishment’s apple cart and the whole system supporting that apple cart – the dishonest media.
If we are going to apply rigorous moral standards to candidates and celebrities, who would be left standing? How does John McCain raise a voice of moral objection to Trump when he himself admitted to an adulterous lifestyle while married to his first wife? How does he pass a political judgment on Trump when he caroused and sexually pursued other women and ultimately his next wife, who was a cheerleader 17 years his junior, while still married to his first, who had suffered an accident that left her with a diminished appearance?
If Trump’s candidacy is to be invalidated because of his past sexual escapades or sexual expressions from 11 years ago, why doesn’t McCain resign from office to atone for his sins?
In my opinion, no one should like or respect what Trump said or did 11 years ago, suggesting he was trying to cheat on his (amazingly beautiful) wife or soon to be wife and boasting (who knows if it was true?) about grabbing women’s private parts.
However, hearing pompous, self-inflated, fatuous, self-righteous Republican and Democrat leaders and donors and news media lackeys express their selective, Pharisaical indignation and revulsion is like Hitler calling Mussolini a bloody fascist!
Let them who have no sin be the first to cast stones, if there are any “them”, and among them would surely NOT be Hillary Clinton and her sex assaulting husband.
Donald Trump might be concupiscent, but Bill Clinton has been a predatorial lecher for decades. Donald Trump may have treated women like sex objects, but Bill Clinton and other Democrats and Republicans treat them as objects to be used and beaten down. Throw Shillary Hillary into that mix. The mantra of the Clinton Cabal can be best expressed by words of one of their closest advisors, James Carville, who said you can walk through a trailer park waiving a hundred dollar bill and just watch what happens.
I have heard media lackeys of various persuasions laugh at that remark, including those on Morning Joe. What’s funny about it? What’s laughable about calling women who are poor and suffering “trash” you can get to do anything you want them to by waving some money at them?
That’s misogynistic! That’s the high and mighty having a good laugh over women they can squeeze sexual favors out of because those desperate women need money. That’s the Clinton Cabal, snobbily and derisively looking down on others as others service them and their lecherous needs! And if those desperate women show any signs of rebellion, of standing up for themselves, brutal enabler Hillary enters the fray and creates “the War Room” to gather and implement resources to threaten, besmirch, belittle, and utterly crush the women who challenge and threaten her and her husband’s ambition.
In the end, we have an imperfect, sometimes crude man on one side, and on the other the enabler of a sexually out of control politician who now accuses others to divert attention from her and her husband’s own sins, and one who destroys other women and their credibility.
If you want to let her, Shillary Hillary, Satan’s daughter, work her black magic accusations again, then that’s on you.
I won’t do that.
Trump still has better policies. He’s still the more productive and effective candidate. He’s still for America first and Americans first. He’s still the better person. It isn’t hard for someone to be better morally or ethically than Shillary Hillary.
Gasp at the sizzle, if you must. Then realize who’s ashen with overcooking: Shillary Hillary. I cannot think of a politician with a longer resume of evil than Hillary Rodham Clinton. Just like the devil, Hillary is a slanderer and an accuser.
And more encouraging for some: Mike Pence. I love that guy. He’s ethical, purposeful, sober, and principled, something that screaming interruptor Tim Kaine seems to know little about. Pence is ready to become president and commander-in-chief, and would be a vastly more ethical and fit candidate than Shillary Hillary could ever be. Pence by himself makes the Trump ticket the better choice!
Who knows? God is able to change a man. Perhaps as his sins come home to him, Trump will realize where he has been defective and deficient as a human being and as a citizen. Do you think Shillary Hillary will ever admit her many faults? Will she ever admit to the moral, ethical, and legal wrongs she has committed?
Not a chance in, uh, hell.
If you want to live a fantasy life and idolize Shillary Hillary and think she will ever learn and change, that’s on you. She will never forsake her evil. Her ambition colors everything she does. She’ll keep killing unborn babies, destroying women, killing American jobs, hating men, and forcing you to comply with her social engineering.
I’m with Trump all the way. He’ll learn and change.
And may Shillary Hillary experience the crushing tonight and in the election that she has imposed on so many women!