Monday, October 10, 2016

What did I miss?

Okay, I'm back. Did I miss anything?

Holy. . .  Actually, I'm not all that surprised. I mean, at first I was a bit surprised that he had said it out loud, but then I remembered some of the things he's said out loud about his daughter. I mean, it's one thing to be physically attracted to a blood relative, I'm sure it must happen sometimes. But anyone else who felt the forbidden attraction would know enough to bury the shameful secret so that no one would ever know except maybe a therapist or shrink.
But Trump actually doesn't seem to realize that there's anything wrong with his lust for his own daughter. He doesn't seem to grasp that this is something of which he should be ashamed. He talks about his incestuous urges as if he were talking about something totally normal, like "wow, that woman to whom I am not related by blood or marriage sure is attractive! I sure would like to date her!" Except that instead of the un-related woman, it's his own goddamm daughter! So, really, I'm not surprised that he said this out loud where people could hear.

So, Trump said he likes to walk up to strange women, forcibly kiss them and "grab them by the p**sy." And of course, conservative Republicans were extremely upset -- -- -- that he used the P-word. 

Yeah. The "words." 

The "comments." Yes, clearly the problem is the "comments."

Trump's foul language is NOT the point. At all. The point is that he's bragging about getting away with sexual assaults. It's like if Charles Manson said "yeah, I killed all those fucking pigs" and Rubio was all like "Mr Manson! There's certainly no call for that kind of vulgarity!"

Again, it's the "comments" that offend.  And, as any good Republican does when speaking about the mistreatment of women, he references a female family member.

As did Jeb!

And Mitch McConnell

“These comments are repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance,” McConnell said. “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.”

And Mike Pence:

We pray for his family. Not gonna bother to pray for his victims!

And Thom Tillis

Um, check your syntax, Thom. Unless you're from West Virginia.

See, the thing is that they only care about any issue when t=it has some sort of effect on them. Your candidate is assaulting women? Ho-hum. But wait, my wife is a woman. So is my daughter. Oh, hell that could be bad if a member of my family were to be assaulted! Now I'm agin' it!

It's like how Rob Portman was foursquare against the idea of gay marriage until his son came out and wanted to marry another man. Then he suddenly saw the light!
This would, of course, be the same Rob Portman whose response to Trump's disgustingness was this:

Yes, he was so offended by Trump, he's going to write in Mike Pence who would, if he had his way, not only nullify his son's marriage, but send him to "conversion therapy."

 Oddly enough, among all the pearl-clutching at Trump's potty mouth, the one group who hasn't deserted him is the Evangelical leaders, which is odd, because they are so sincere about their religious values-pffft! I couldn't even type that with a straight face!

For instance here's completely devout man of God Ralph Reed:

These eleven-year-old comments are offensive and inappropriate. [again with the comments. No problem with the actual grabbing of p**sies apparently] As the father of two daughters, I did not appreciate them. [If I didn't have daughters, why would I possibly give a fuck what Trump does to women?] The Bible teaches that we are to treat older women as mothers and younger women as sisters, in all purity. [It does? I'm a little confused because I'm not sure whether to treat my wife as if she were my mother or as if she were my sister. Pretty sure she's not gonna be crazy about either one.] I am glad that Donald Trump has apologized for them. [He hasn't.] People of faith are voting in 2016 on critical issues like who will protect the unborn, defend religious freedom, appoint conservative judges, grow the economy, stand by Israel, and oppose the Iran nuclear deal, which Hillary Clinton helped to negotiate. [What? Voting on "family values?" where did you ever get that idea? What a silly reason to vote for someone!] Given the stakes on the election and the critical issues confronting our nation, an audiotape of an eleven-year-old private conversation with an entertainment talk show host is unlikely to rank high on the hierarcy [sic] of their concerns. [Because how could it be horrifying if it took place in the very recent past and there was an entertainment guy involved?]

And here's genuine plaster saint Tony Perkins:

“My personal support for Donald Trump has never been based upon shared values, [neither of us have any] it is based upon shared concerns about issues such as: justices on the Supreme Court that ignore the constitution, [i.e. make decisions that I don't like] America’s continued vulnerability to Islamic terrorists and the systematic attack on religious liberty that we’ve seen in the last 7 1/2 years, [You mean the 7+1/2 years that have seen the rise of "religious freedom" bills, the right of corporations to have "sincerely held religious beliefs" and "your kind can not pee here lwas?"] Perkins said in an email to BuzzFeed News.

But maybe the most spectacularly stupid and offensive defense of Trump came from former SOTU interruptor and current deadbeat dad Joe Walsh:

Wow. Where to even begin with this guy?

Okay, first of all it's not Trump's "dirty talk" that people are upset about. It's not like Trump said "oh, man she's hot. I'd like to grab her p**ssy." or "So two p**ssy-grabbers walk into a bar. . ."  People are upset by the fact that Trump admitted bragged about committing sexual assault and getting away with it.  It's not the naughty words, it's the horrible criminal actions.

Secondly, 50 Shades is, as I understand it, a poorly-written extended letter to Penthouse about a consensual sexual relationship.  What Trump was bragging about was NOT consensual, it was assault.

Third, 50 Shades is a work of fiction that a lot of bored people read for a cheap thrill. It has nothing to do with anything in real life. You might as well say "look at the popularity of the SAW movies. Obviously people wouldn't object to a homicidal sadist being president!"

And "grow up?" You realize you're making the same argument as fucking Chachi, right?

Scott Baio Defends Trump’s Hot Mic Comments: Critics Should ‘Grow Up’ [VIDEO]

And are you really implying that part of being a grown-up is just accepting that powerful men get to assault women they find attractive? Is that really what you want to be saying here?

All in all, this should turn out to be a good thing. Some conservative politicians are exposing themselves as nihilistic power fiends by defending or at least not condemning Trump, which should hurt their future electoral chances (If the Democrats ever get smart enough to hang that albatross around Republican necks). Others are turning against Trump, suddenly shocked, SHOCKED! that their candidate is a loathsome  monster. That should cost them support from the Republican base. Either way, this bodes well for the future.