“Take a look. You look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don’t think so.”
—Donald Trump, denying People Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff’s claim that he “brought her into a room, shut the door, “and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat.”
This comes as close to being funny as a man running for President who proves his sexism and misogyny even in the act of denying them can be. It is tragic, however.
Trump can’t help himself. He can’t help himself for two reasons. The first reason is that he really does, deep down, believe that women exist on earth for purely the carnal enjoyment of men, particularly wealth and powerful men. This is part of his world view, and he is incapable of changing or learning. When Trump said, in his second pseudo-apology for his recorded 2005 comments, that he had “changed,” implying that he had changed in regard to his enthusiastic endorsement of privileged sexual assault, he was lying, straight up. This comment, which is an ad hominem attack upon and insult to his accuser, proves it, not that the claim wasn’t an obvious lie when he said it in the apology video.
The second reason is that the man literally is incapable of thinking through what he says before he says it. We already knew this, too. He has pitiful self-control, de minimus common sense, and the judgment of Ryan Lochte.
In this instance, Trump reminded me of Fredo’s downfall in “Godfather II,” when mere minutes after he pretends to not know Johnny Ola, Hyman Roth’s henchman (having previously denied to his Godfather brother that he had ever had any contact with him), Fredo loudly contradicts himself by telling the group including his brother that Johnny Ola had recommended the Havana sex club Fredo had brought them to. Fredo, being an idiot, doesn’t even realize what he has done.
Trump thinks that People writer’s less than model-like appearance proves his innocence. He wouldn’t waste his time with a woman like that. Ick! Women are just sex partners, arm candy and decorations for him, and that’s what he means when he says he has “tremendous respect for women.” He is also such a dim bulb that he doesn’t comprehend that by framing the issue this way, he gives credence to the accusations of the women who are physically attractive.
And I say to all those with brain pans of normal volume who still say they want to vote for Trump as a protest against Hillary Clinton: think this through. You will be endorsing prejudice and deep bias against fully half of the nation, and insulting your mother, your sisters, your daughters, and every one of your female colleagues and peers by stating that a man holding these primitive and ignorant view is your choice to be our leader—indeed not just holding them, but also being incapable of not displaying them at every turn. Is that worse than voting for a corrupt and dishonest politician like Hillary Clinton? It is much worse.
Oh—The Trump campaign now claims that he was only asking people to look at Stoynoff’s words when he said “Look at her.” Right. So we know he also thinks we’re stupid, and will believe an obvious lie.