Is This An Election … Or An Orgy???

 

“Intimidation, harassment and violence have no place in a democracy.”  – Mo Ibrahim

 “Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Strong men – men who are truly role models – don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.” – Michelle Obama

Will this topic ever be done?  I refer, of course, to Donald Trump’s so-called ‘locker-room’ video tape and the aftermath.  Ordinarily I would not devote a third post to this topic, as I do not enjoy writing about sexual abuse and perversion, but upon reading some of the accusations, then reading that Trump is now attempting to dodge and shift the blame, a few thoughts came to mind that I think are pertinent and too important to disregard. Personally, I would have preferred to write a piece about Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, but … sigh … that will have to wait for another day.

A quick replay of the timeline of events:

  1. Video is released with Trump bragging about sexually molesting women because he can, because he was “a star”
  2. Many republicans pull away from Trump, including Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, though neither actually rescind their prior endorsements
  3. Women begin coming out saying that Trump either molested them, or at the least, invaded their privacy in the dressing rooms, on airplanes, and more
  4. Trump denies any wrong-doing
  5. The New York Times runs a story about two of the women who are accusing Trump
  6. Trump denies wrong-doing and threatens to sue  the New York Times for libel
  7. The New York Times responds  that libel is to guard against damages to one’s reputation, but that Trump had already damaged his own reputation.

So, where does this leave us today?  There are many women coming forward, perhaps emboldened by their ‘sisters’ speaking out, and saying that Donald Trump either touched them against their wishes, groped them, made suggestive remarks to them, or walked into their dressing rooms uninvited and unwanted.  They are not making up their stories.  Donald Trump is calling them “horrible, horrible liars”.

Had only one or two women come forth after the infamous video tape, one could, perhaps, brush it off and say they were simply following an agenda seeking their 15 minutes of fame.  But … as the old adage goes … where there is smoke, there is fire, and there is enough smoke here that it is choking me!  And yet, Trump adds insult to injury by calling these women liars! Even Trump’s first wife, Ivana, accused him of forcing himself upon her in anger at one point during their marriage.

We must remember that sexual assault is not actually, according to those who study such things, as much about sex as it is about power and control.  And, as we are all well aware, Trump is all about power and control.  So, is it really surprising that he has done those things of which he is accused?  No, it is not.  Trump’s reputation precedes him.  His methods of getting his way, as we have all seen during the past 16 months, is by force rather than discourse, by yelling, ranting, and violence, as has been seen at his rallies and other public events.  He is not a subtle man; he basically attempts to simply take what he wants.  So, is it really such a stretch to believe that he once raped a 13-year-old girl, or that he pawed and groped a woman on an airplane?  No, it is not.

Jessica Leeds was one of the women who accused Donald Trump of unwanted sexual aggression in the New York Times story.  The day after the Times printed the story, Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs used his large audience on Twitter — roughly 797,000 followers — to advertise the woman’s New York address and telephone number!  This goes beyond freedom of speech, beyond freedom of the press, and is an action that has quite possibly put Ms. Leeds very life in danger!  Trump is threatening to sue almost everyone at the moment … it is the way he has managed his businesses all his life and he knows no other way. But if there is one single lawsuit that has legitimacy in all this, Ms. Leeds owns it, and she is certainly well within her rights if she should decide to sue Fox News and Lou Dobbs. When asked about Ms. Leeds’ accusations, Trump responded, “Believe me, she would not be my first choice.” To those who have questioned why Ms. Leeds has come forth some three decades after the fact, look at what happened and ask yourself what you would have done?

The New York Times’ responded to Trump’s lawyer, in essence saying that a libel suit would assume some damage to reputation, and Donald Trump has already, through his own words and actions, damaged his own reputation.  I agree, and I applaud the Times for standing firm. Rather than referring to this as the “Election of 2016”, it should be referred to as the “Sex Scandal(s) of 2016”!  Donald Trump has single-handedly turned that which was once one of the most important tools of democracy into a scandalous, brawling free-for-all.  Shame on you, Mr. Trump!  I have every hope that you will recede into oblivion after the November 8th election and that we, the citizens of the United States, will never need to hear your name or see your face again!

62 thoughts on “Is This An Election … Or An Orgy???

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  3. I dont like all the vigilante lynch mob talk…some of the jackasses should be arresteed and dragged off tto the dungeons….. where are the Seditiion and Inciting to Riot laws ? Some of the nutcakes at the trump rallies sccare the heck out of me …. Ohio is my home state, and we have some real whackos on the telly…. THEY ARE NO LONGER CUTE.

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  4. Great post. Two comments. First, my favorite conservative columnists, David Brooks and Michael Gerson, have been consistently against Mr. Trump from the outset and should be commended. Brooks offered the following to GOP leaders who are still supporting him saying this is not a choice to pull your support from someone like Barry Goldwater. It is more akin to pulling your support from Joseph McCarthy. Ironically, Roy Cohn is a mentor to Trump and was an advisor to McCarthy during the communist witch hunts. This is not a Ted Cruz father reference, Cohn was an advisor to McCarthy and Cohn offered advice to Trump to “sue everyone.”

    Second, one of my least favorite conservative columnists, Charles Krauthammer, wrote a scathing review of Trump this week, highlight the he will jail Clinton after he wins. He said this is America not Russia, where Putin makes his opponents disappear. The first part of his column summarizes his character concerns and said Trump’s misogyny should not be news as it has been in the public forum for a long time.

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    • I am with you on Krauthammer … I get his column in my inbox weekly and he usually makes me grit my teeth, but I haven’t read the one you refer to, so I will have to check it out. I am puzzled by those, like Ryan and McConnell who refuse to defend Trump, yet will not rescind their endorsements. Talking out both sides of their mouths?

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      • His column was in my paper today, so it was probably written in The Washington Post a few days ago. Given that conservatives read him religiously, it should make them grit their teeth for a change. By the way, after an early column last year, Trump also made fun of Krauthammer’s disability as well referencing his paralysis in both legs. Trump said at least he could be his own pants in denigrating Krauthammer.

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          • I should have added George Will has been consistent in being critical of Trump. I mentioned in a comment on my post, in trying to defend Trump against the latest allegations, Ann Coulter said “we knew had baggage and is a lout.” This statement from a vehement backer was in the context of trying to set aside those failings and focus on his message. We, of course, could argue about his message, but I found her admission of his being a ” lout” an important comment. Keith

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          • My one issue with George is he sometimes writes over the audience’s head. He needs to follow the KISS principle more. When he does it he reminds me of William Buckley.

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  5. It’s PORN…that’s what it is! And these “leakers” better be careful themselves….throwing the first stone and all that stuff. Ask ANY woman in the world if she was ever a victim of unwanted sexual attention…leering, staring, fondling, poking, hugging, kissing, mauling, dirty talk…you all get it! And the reason they never…or belatedly…report such activity is that (until very recently…and not really even now) women have more to lose—namely their reputations and self worth— WHO among us women have never been told to “keep quiet” about unwanted attention because 1) no one will believe them; 2) if someone does believe they are told A) it is their own fault…or B) risk being branded a slut, tramp, bad-girl, etc…. Look what this horrible, horrible man Donald Trump is doing now….declaring that not only did he NOT do whatever it is, or that an accuser “wasn’t pretty enough anyway” to warrant his attention.

    Furthermore—talking dirty about women SHOULD be the least of our concerns—imagine what this man would do if some world leader insults him…scary, huh?
    “Hmmm…I wonder what this red button is for? A couple of nukes might get their attention.”
    “Line these illegal people up and march them across the border…even the ones born in the USofA.”
    “Either WITH me or AGAINST me. As the Red Queen said—off with their heads.”

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    • He is indeed a disgusting piece of slime, and what I will NEVER understand is the women who still support him. Not only support him, but think he is wonderful! I have lost respect for so many of my friends … how can any woman with a shred of self-respect, self-esteem, possibly support this abomination of a “man”???

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  6. You know as well as I do that this man will not “recede into oblivion” after November 8th! He loves the limelight and will handgun to it for dear life. But I do share your wish. It goes from bad to worse and his minions hang continue to follow with abject devotion.

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