COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., October 8, 2016 — The entire country knows the taste of disgust today. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both been caught saying things that might have been scripted in raunchy television drama, “House of Cards.” But the bombshells dropped in recent days are the candidates’ own words.
On the one hand we have a crude old man making disgusting remarks about women. On the other, we have a lying politician telling bankers the things Bernie Sanders’ supporters always suspected she did, faking her way to the White House to become America’s “first woman president.”
The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold quotes from a newly discovered audio tape of Trump, who made a 2005 guest appearance on the daytime soap opera, “Days of Our Lives.” On his way there, he rhapsodized about women in a distinctly ungentlemanly fashion.
Trump: “I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it.”
It is unclear when the events Trump is describing took place. The tape was recorded several months after he married his third wife, Melania.
Other voice: “Whoa.”
Trump: “I did try and f— her. She was married. And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
Reactions to Trump’s remarks were swift and harsh.
Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
These comments are repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance. As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape.
Republican Senator John McCain:
There are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments. No woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.
Democratic Senator Harry Reid:
This is a moment of truth for Republicans. … There is no way to defend the indefensible. In the name of decency, Republicans should admit that this deviant—this sociopath—cannot be president.
Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk:
[Trump] should drop out. GOP should engage rules for emergency replacement.
Colorado Republican Representative Mike Coffman:
For the good of the country, and to give Republicans a chance at defeating Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump should step aside. … Mr. Trump should put the country first and do the right thing.
Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee:
Donald Trump is a distraction. It’s time for him to step aside so we can focus on the winning ideas that will carry Republicans through to a victory in November.
Hillary Clinton also had some past remarks come back to haunt her. WikiLeaks released remarks she reportedly made during paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley. It’s been reported that Clinton was paid upwards of $225,000 per speech, earning more than $22 million for speeches she delivered after resigning as secretary of state.
Her unconfirmed remarks, reported by “The Intercept,” apparently were revealed in an email from Tony Carrk, research director of the Clinton campaign, to John Podesta, the campaign chairman.
In the series of released emails, Clinton admits she is out of touch, believes in having a private and a public position on policies, and needs Wall Street funding.
According to the Intercept:
Discussing middle class economic anxieties, Clinton told a crowd at a Goldman Sachs-sponsored speech that she is now ‘kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.’
At the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit, Clinton responded to a question from chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, who quipped that you ‘go to Washington’ to ‘make a small fortune.’ Clinton agreed with the comment and complained about ethics rules that require officials to divest from certain assets before entering government. ‘There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives,’ Clinton said.
Clinton also told a housing trade group in 2013 that on certain issues, she has ‘a public and a private position.’ ‘If everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least,’ said Clinton. ‘So, you need both a public and a private position.’
There is little doubt that the America most thought they knew has been battered by the blows it’s sustained this past week, courtesy of both Clinton and Trump. Sunday’s presidential debate will certainly see both of the diminished candidates accusing each other based on these revelations.
The question before us now is, will the American people have the stomach to watch? Does anyone even give a damn anymore?