For the past year, Donald Trump has gone out of his way to offend anyone and everyone in his path in his quest to obtain the White House.
Donald Trump has insulted and dismissed John McCain, a celebrated and decorated Vietnam War veteran, claiming that being captured didn't make him a hero.
Donald Trump made fun of a disabled journalist while the cameras were rolling.
Donald Trump openly accused a judge of Hispanic decent of bias due to his heritage. That judge was hearing a lawsuit against Trump's latest scam, Trump University.
Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz's father of conspiring to kill JFK during a primary debate. There is no evidence of this claim being true.
Donald Trump attacked Khizr Khan and his wife, Ghazala, two Gold Star parents who lost their son, Humayan, an Army Captain, serving his country. The patriarch spoke at the Democratic National Convention and attacked Trump for his his hateful attitude towards Muslim-Americans.
Donald Trump attacked Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe winner, by criticizing her weight and calling her "Ms. Housekeeping" because she was Latina.
Donald Trump had referred to Mexican-American immigrants, on camera, as "rapists" and "drug-dealers".
Donald Trump has called for a ban from letting Muslims -- an entire religion of 1.6 billion people -- from entering the United States, along with calling for a database to monitor Syrian refugees & mosques, as well learn whether or not those refugees hold ties to the Islamic State.
This man has highlighted his xenophobia, his racism and his misogyny, as well as incite political violence at his rallies time after time during this unique and deeply embarrassing campaign season and each time Trump says something lurid and crass, it has surprisingly been brushed aside.
Donald Trump, on a hot mic, made an admission that he can make unwanted advances on a woman; that he could kiss, fondle, violate, a woman if he wanted to and get away with it because he's a star and, in his own words, "they let you do it." For months, I've heard him say gross things, engage in dog-whistle racial politics and display his shocking ignorance on national security issues, from dissolving NATO, to letting countries build nukes, so Trump's vile and degrading comments towards wanting to have sex with a married woman and speaking about a woman like a overgrown frat-boy douchebag doesn't surprise me, but there are a few aspects that make this latest outrage even more disturbing.
First, it's how he and then-host of Access Hollywood Billy Bush talked about Nancy O'Dell -- Bush's colleague at the time.
"I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture and I told her 'I'll show you where you can get some nice furniture...I moved on her like a bitch, and I could not get there, and she was married. And all the sudden I see her and she's got the big phony tits, she's totally changed her look."
Trump talks like O'Dell isn't even a person, but something for him to play with so he can get his jollies off, then discard when he's done. (Side note: who the hell tries to get a woman to sleep with them by taking her to buy a couch?!) It's even more creepy when you take into account that Trump was, by this time, ha just married his third and current wife, Melania. Despite that inconvenience to Trump, it didn't stop him from trying to hit on O'Dell, as he made it a point of reference.
"I moved on her actually, she was down in Palm Beach and I failed. I'll admit it. I did try to fuck her, she was married … and I moved on her very heavily..."And then, there's the whopper that's been played ad nauseum on every cable news network for the past 48 hours.
"I've got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm 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… Grab 'em by the pussy."This time, Trump is referring to Arianne Zucker, a soap opera actress, but the language used remains the same: referring to her as "it", as if she's not a person, but a thing. The comments themselves reveal what we already knew about Donald Trump, but it's the apology, or lack thereof, of one, that is really disturbing to me:
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.First: I've been around my guy friends. I've heard guys talk about girls, and I've been apart of the chatter. I have never, in my life, heard any guy talk like a sexual predator, nor have I ever spoken to a woman in such a manner. Second: There's no proof, no audio tape, no hot mic incident, that could back up Trump's claim, and given that he's falsely accused Machado of having a sex tape and Secretary Clinton of stepping out on her husband, his word is useless. Lastly: Donald Trump isn't sorry about this. He isn't sorry for trying to come on to a married woman & he isn't sorry for speaking like a predator. He's just sorry he got caught on mic for being the way he is. How do I know this? because if you're trying to express remorse for one's actions, the word "if" doesn't appear in your statement, and neither does the word "was". Of course people were offended - I'm offended that you, Mr. Trump, honestly believe that all guys like me are like you and behave in such a crude, despicable manner!
But the worst aspect of this story, by far, has been the defense of Trump's demeanor and language towards these women. From pundits pivoting to bring up how much worse Bill Clinton was to Scott Baio and Rudy Guiliani claiming that this is just locker room talk and that all guys speak like this when the women aren't around, it is utterly revolting that every time this man -- no, I'm not going to call Trump a man, that would be an insult to decent men everywhere -- that this spoiled 13 year-old little boy in adult form has been defended every time he makes a nasty sexist comment, every time he displays his ignorance on international issues, every time he utters some blatant dog-whistle racial remark, the Republican party has tried to normalize the individual that we see today.
This isn't normal.
Befriending white supremacists shouldn't be normalized.
Making Mexican and Muslim immigrants feel frightened for their very being for the sake of catering to racist white Americas and the Tea Party types shouldn't be normalized.
Casually treating women as if they're merely eye candy and degrading them shouldn't be normalized.
Sexual assault shouldn't be normalized.
This cannot be who we are: a nation that says all the things I've mentioned above are totally acceptable in a modern society, because they're not. That's the risk we have taken just by merely having this narcissistic, privileged sociopath representing our values, our ideals and our beliefs as Americans. We all should be horrified that this walking, talking buffoon with cash has gotten to the level that's he's gotten, and we all need to tell him what he's told countless contestants on his own show: