Donald Trump on Friday intimated a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her was not attractive enough to have drawn his interest—just as a new accuser was coming forward.
The Republican nominee, spiraling at ever greater velocity into uncharted political territory with more than three weeks left in the election, showed none of the contrition he expressed last weekend for his videotaped admission that his celebrity enables him to get away with sexual assault.
Explaining that he was ignoring his own advisers, Trump seethed with contempt for the women who’ve claimed he assaulted them. But his rambling, at times incoherent, comments seemed to instantly invalidate two of his defenders’ key talking points: That he regrets past comments judging women by their looks and treats them with respect.
“Believe me, she would not be my first choice—that I can tell you,” he said at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, referring to Jessica Leeds, a 74-year-old woman who told The New York Times on Wednesday that Trump groped her while the two were seated together on an airplane in the early 1980s. In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Leeds said Trump touched her “wherever he could find a landing spot.”
“I kept thinking, maybe the stewardess is going to come and he’ll stop, but she never came,” she recalled of the 15-minute encounter.
Trump responded with derision, mimicking Leeds and dismissing her story. “I was with Trump in 1980. I was sitting with him on an airplane and he went after me on the plane,” the Republican presidential nominee said, using the voice he often deploys to mock people.
Read the whole thing. Read it, and try to grasp that it’s being spoken by a 70-year-old man who holds the Republican nomination for President of the United States, and he’s speaking it less than a month before the election.
But wait, there’s more! He said Hillary Clinton, his opponent, is homely:
Repeat after me: a 70-year-old man. The GOP nominee for president. Said this. About his female opponent.
Now that Al Goldstein is dead, is there any other elderly man so willing to be so piggish in public?
Again: by the time this is over, Trump will have indelibly stained every single person who held on to him for this last month of the election. Jeff Jacoby talks about what prominent religious and social conservatives have thrown away by embracing him.
If you haven’t seen GOP activist and blogger Marybeth Glenn’s amazing tweetstorm explaining why she’s left the Republican Party over Trump’s treatment of women, here it is:
So let me get this straight: I, a conservative female, have spent years defending the Republican Party against claims of sexism. When I saw Republican men getting attacked I stood up for them. I came to their defense. I fought on their behalf. I fought on behalf of a movement I believed in.
I fought on behalf of my principles while other women told me I hated my own sex. Not only charges of sexism, but I defended @marcorubio during Go8, I fought in my state to stop the @ScottWalker recall, etc… Now some Trojan horse nationalist sexual predator invades the @GOP, eating it alive, and you cowards sit this one out? He treats women like dogs, and you go against everything I – and other female conservatives – said you were & back down like cowards.
Get this straight: We don’t need you to stand up for us, YOU needed to stand up for us for YOU. For YOUR dignity. For YOUR reputation. Jeff Sessions says that he wouldn’t “characterize” Trump’s unauthorized groping of women as “assault.”
Are you kidding me?!
Others try to rebuke his comments, yet STILL choose to vote for a sexual predator – because let’s be honest, that’s what he is. “What he said is wrong, and the way he treats women is wrong, but it’s not wrong enough for me to not vote for him.”
Various men in the movement are writing it off as normal, confirming every stereotype the left has thrown at them. So I’m done. I’m sooo done.
If you can’t stand up for women & unendorse this piece of human garbage, you deserve every charge of sexism thrown at you. I’m just one woman, you won’t even notice my lack of presence at rallies, fair booths, etc. You won’t really care that I’m offended by your silence, and your inability to take a stand. But one by one you’ll watch more women like me go, & you’ll watch men of ACTUAL character follow us out the door.
And what you’ll be left with are the corrupt masses that foam at the mouth every time you step outside the lines. Men who truly see women as lesser beings, & women without self-respect. And your “guiding faith” & “principles” will be attached to them as well. And when it’s all said and done, all you’ll have left is the party The Left always accused you of being.
Three more weeks.