Cynical, principle-free morons, every single one.
Everyone knew that Donald Trump was a low-life, belonging in the political genus containing human leaches and anthropomorphic pond scum, long before he even announced his candidacy. They knew or should have known, to apply a common legal standard. I’m no genius, but the millisecond his joke candidacy for President began smelling viable back in August 0f 2015, I wrote here what GOP leaders with any sense or integrity should have known without me having to write a word. They needed to tell Trump to go haunt a casino somewhere, because he wasn’t fit to represent the Republican party as a candidate—not as President, not as dogcatcher, not as a gag on a Saturday Night Live skit.
Nahh! GOP Chair Reince Priebus —Fun Fact: Did you know that “Reince” means “spineless tool”? Well, it does now!-–apparently thought Trump would bring a little pizzazz, publicity and new voters to the GOP primary campaign. Well, it sure did that, didn’t it, Reince, you pathetic failure as a leader, manager, Republican and an American?
Reince Priebus has condemned Trump’s 2005 pig-boasting about how women are just ripe for his plucking and fucking, saying “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.” Trump has been describing women in those terms and others just as unacceptable his whole professional life! His books, feuds and interviews were matters of public record. Megyn Kelly called Trump out on his misogyny in the very first debate.
[ As an aside, everything I write now about the GOP leadership applies with equal force to the news media, who welcomed and feted Trump as if he was royalty, helping him sell his cultural poison to the public. Their expressions of horror at the character of the man they helped inject into the presidential race are hypocritical and damning too.]
Then we have Speaker Paul Ryan, the default leader of the party, who had the second opportunity to rescue it and the nation from Trump and, just possibly, Hillary Clinton. He could have refused to endorse him; he could have made it quite clear that he would bolt the party if it allowed Trump to be the nominee. He could have insisted that the party use any device it could think of to nominate someone else, and by doing so spare the party the ongoing humiliation of having this slug as its symbol to the world. He could do this by simply sticking to core principles of ethics, competence, common sense and responsibility. Mitt Romney was up to the challenge. Nah. Not Paul.
Now Ryan has cancelled a campaign appearance with Trump, because he is “sickened” by the leaked tape. He wasn’t sickened by Trump calling prisoners of war incompetent soldiers, or his public mockery of a handicapped reporter who dared to anger him, or by his ignorance of the Constitution, or endorsement of quid pro quo bribery, or expressions of admiration for Putin, or Trump’s advocating torture, or him bringing the size of his penis into a Presidential debate, or attacking the last Republican President, or accusing the father of a Republican Senator of helping to assassinate President Kennedy, or the dozens of earlier misogynist or sexist opinions he had registered, before he even entered the race— though many of them AFTER I wrote…in 2011:
“Donald Trump is perfectly happy to make a mockery of the presidential nomination and election processes while distorting them too. If he manages to convince enough fools to vote for him, hell, sure…he’d have a blast running for President. If his run peters out, it’s still worth lots of publicity, and increases the value of the Trump “brand.” Even the most unethical of the previous candidacies were based on a sincere, if misguided belief that the country’s welfare would be served by it. Does Trump have that belief? I wonder. [His candidacy] is reckless, and it is intentionally appealing to the worst in 21st Century American character: fear, celebrity worship, ignorance, and materialism. Meanwhile, every second of attention his candidacy distracts from serious consideration of our nation’s leadership reduces the chances of the public doing its hardest and most important job carefully and competently…”
You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
“There are basically three types of women and reactions. One is the good woman who very much loves her future husband, solely for himself, but refuses to sign the agreement on principle. I fully understand this, but the man should take a pass anyway and find someone else. The other is the calculating woman who refuses to sign the prenuptial agreement because she is expecting to take advantage of the poor, unsuspecting sucker she’s got in her grasp. There is also the woman who will openly and quickly sign a prenuptial agreement in order to make a quick hit and take the money given to her.”
“Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers. The person who came up with the expression ‘the weaker sex’ was either very naive or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part.”
“My favorite part is when Sam has his gun out in the diner and he tells the guy to tell his girlfriend to shut up. Tell that bitch to be cool. Say: ‘Bitch be cool.’ I love those lines.”
(writing about “Pulp Fiction” in “TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald, 2005”),
and this statement about Trump by one of his associates,:
“Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money.”
This was quoted in Jeffery Kluger’s 2014 book, “The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed — in Your World” . Would anyone who read that quote be even slightly surprised that the individual being described would be capable of expressing the more crude but essentially identical sentiments expressed to Billy Bush? I know Republicans don’t often read, but still, isn’t some due diligence mandatory when one is entrusted with the task of finding a competent and responsible Presidential candidate?
Never mind: Paul Ryan is shocked—shocked!-–that Donald Trump is a narcissist, misogynist, vulgarian arrested adolescent. Equally shocked are Republican Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and GOP New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, none of whom apparently had seen or heard any previous statements from Donald Trump to indicate that he wasn’t a prefect gentlemen.
Idiots. All of them.
Nothing Donald Trump said on that tape surprised me or lowered my opinion of him one degree, since he metaphorically lies on his back, in my estimation of his character, on the lowest point at the bottom of the Pacific. The reaction to it by these fools, and other GOP dolts to reveal themselves soon, however, should inspire an extra serving of contempt. (For the record, my assessment of the ethics of Ryan, Priebus and the rest already had them floating about midway down the Mariana Trench.)
It was never responsible or justifiable to support, endorse, or tolerate the idea of Donald Trump being President, not for a second or a blink. Never. I wasn’t being prescient or brilliant when I wrote this (I published it in September of 2015, but had written it months earlier), I was just awake:
Placing a man with Trump’s personality and his rejection of the basic features of civilized conduct and discourse to an extent that only the obscenely rich or the resolutely misanthropic can get away with would ensure that American culture would deteriorate into a gross, rude, selfish, assaultive muck in which no rational human being would want to live. A generation raised under President Trump would be misogynist and proud of it. It would value appearances over substance, success over character and principles. It would extol, as Trump does, the empty values of the celebrity culture. Bullying would be acceptable; “after all, the President does it.” So would boasting, posturing, bluffing and faking it. He would make us, in short, a nation of assholes.
Perhaps because the Republican leadership was already substantially made up of assholes, they didn’t see this as a problem. I’m sure they still don’t, but they think it’s appropriate that they be shocked…shocked!
Cynical, principle-free morons, every single one.