Fourteen days before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.
As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.
Donald Trump kicked off his abortive political career with a series of lies:
Here’s a laundry list of birther declarations Trump made before he tried to put the controversy to rest:1. “Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate? There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”– March 23, 2011, on “The View”2. “He’s spent millions of dollars trying to get away from this issue. Millions of dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. And I’ll tell you what, I brought it up, just routinely, and all of a sudden a lot facts are emerging and I’m starting to wonder myself whether or not he was born in this country.”– March 28, 2011, on Fox News3. “He doesn’t have a birth certificate, or if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me — and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be — that where it says ‘religion,’ it might have ‘Muslim.’ And if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion, by the way.”– March 30, 2011, on The Laura Ingraham Show
This list from CNN goes on to include 14 dishonest statements concerning the citizenship of the elected President. Donald Trump’s lies continued from that point forward. At times he would make a statement and then subsequently deny having done so. Eventually it all caught up with him:
The Washington Post has obtained an extremely crass recording, above, on which Donald Trump converses with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about women aboard a bus on the set of Days of Our Lives. Among the things Trump says:
- “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.” (It’s not clear who Trump was talking about.)
- “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—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 them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Trump’s supporters sought valiantly to deflect his disreputable conduct:
- This was 11 years ago. Trump has matured since then. (He was 59 then. He is now 70.)
- It was just “locker room talk” and did not reflect actuality. Trump never did such things as he described.
- It’s not disgraceful at all. It’s just boy talk.
Then the roof began to cave in. Women came forward—11 at my last counting. They accused Trump of past sexual battery. Some accusations are almost benign—uninvited kissing. Other actions are clearly criminal—groping a woman’s breasts and putting his hand up her skirt on a plane. Groping a stranger’s crotch in a crowded nightclub.
His response has been denial and outrage. He is threatening to sue. After the election. Trump advocates have pitched in to add their own denial, often by disparaging the women. Friends of Facebook have submitted items that are humorous at best. See the meme at the top of this post.
Some of or all of these women’s accusations may be false, though a few are corroborated by witnesses. Supposing in the extreme that these are all lies foisted for a political purpose. It’s too late for Donald Trump. He has lowered his credibility to the point where denial is fruitless. Donald Trump is skewered on the pike he hoisted for months against all who crossed him—the innuendo, the exaggeration, the outright slander. It is the ricochet bullet that is killing any chance he may have had at a credible run for the presidency. And it could not have happened to a nicer guy.
Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:
A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]
Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude, I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!
Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.
Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.