Icky and creepy.
Watching that spectacle of a presidential debate, I felt like I was watching a creep show.
I mean, the whole thing felt creepy from the moment we saw the famous sexual predator Bill Clinton’s accusers from 30-odd years ago gazing down on him from the bleachers like some kind of creepy Trump Pep Squad.
I can understand how those women are so unforgiving of the Clintons, but I can’t fathom how they can be so forgiving of a sexual predator like Trump as to campaign for him.
And if you believe Trump when he denies he ever laid a Tic Tac kiss on a woman against her will(Tic Tac, patty whack, give the rabid dog a bone)–if you believe he never’s groped women uh, down there–I got some swamp-front land in Belize I’ll sell you.
A lot of women and men came out on the record, as well as off of it, for an article accusing Trump of his sexual aggression on the set of “The Apprentice” a few days before the infamous tape of his “locker room” banter with disgusting (and career-doomed) Billy Bush came out.
Trump vilified those accusers in his typical crushing fashion, but the Billy Boy tape ended up pretty much vindicating them.
(You can read that damning Associated Press article in all its icky glory here.)
And we now know that tapes exist in “The Apprentice” archives that the producer of the show says would blow Trump’s denials out of the tub. Trump “surrogates” are hoping and praying those tapes stay in the vault.
But no one should be surprised if more sex-related tapes emerge. The flood gates for sliming are now wide open.
By the way, if you don’t think that Donald Trump was making disgusting “locker room talk” about Monica Lewinsky when that whole storm hit the fan all those years ago, I don’t know what to tell you. He was making porno movie appearances and bragging about his affairs in those days–but yeah, yeah: Bill and Hillary are far worse.
And he and Bill were friends in those days. Don’t forget: Trump was friends with the Clintons a matter of a few years ago.
Now–now that he’s a righteous, right-thinking, morally superior conservative Republican–he’s utterly disgusted by his old friends.
It’s just mind spinning.
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Look, I’ve made no secret here or on Facebook that I’m an “anybody but Trump” guy, which, by the way, puts me in company with many, many conservative Republican leaders and former leaders.
If I had my druthers, I’d druther have seen Ohio Gov. John Kasich win the Republican nomination–and I would have been plenty open to voting for him.
But of course, Trump and Company slimed the very decent and immensely qualified Kasich, who’s had the decency and political courage to stand up to Trump and his political mobsters.
Kasich’s stock has only gone up in my book.
But my only alternative to Trump is Hillary Clinton, who, contrary to Trump’s typically childish and pandering accusation that she’s “the devil,” she’s not.
(She’s no Abraham Lincoln either: Saturday Night Live and Colbert are going to have fun with that ludicrous defense of why she’s two-faced!)
For all their sins–for all they’ve done and said over the years that only a blind loyalist could defend or justify–the Clintons have done a lot of good for a lot of people in this world, and will.
For all the issues I have with them–for all the disgust I harbor about them (again, the Lincoln thing made me laugh out loud)–I can find a lot of their basic positions I can agree with.
What’s more, I can actually find much to admire about them. I can’t even find much to admire about his business acumen, or lack of it. (I know, I know, Hillary was never in business and never created a business job for anybody–nor did Reagan, or speaking of would-be dictators, Nixon, or Kennedy, or Eisenhower or most Presidents.)
Nobody in the last year and a half has accused Trump, who I’ve maintained for a long time is plain sick (and conservative pundit and psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer has said as much), of doing anybody in this world much good except Donald Trump and family.
I find nothing–nada–zilch–admirable about a raging bull whose stock-in-trade is demeaning and dominating anyone who does not flatter him.
He’s high on Russia’s leading mobster because that mobster has so lavishly flattered him.
Two peas in a pod, those boys.
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I’ve already mailed in my overseas ballot for Clinton because Donald Trump scares the bejeezus out of me when he talks like a third-world dictator about ordering his attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to put Hillary in jail.
Even in Soviet Russia they used to give opponents “show trials” before they offed them.
So much for a fair and impartial investigation and constitutional rights and all that stuff that is basic to American democracy. He thinks he can lock up anybody he hates–and the list of people he hates includes a lot of decent, conservative Republicans.
His Evangelical “surrogates” (apologists) worry that Hillary will wipe out their religious rights.
Of course, in their minds, Hillary is entitled to no constitutional rights. “Checks and balances” be damned.
Check you later, Jitterbuggers.
I must repair to the bathroom for another scrubbing.