‘Locker room talk’ is no dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Pa­trick M. Lynch, Glen Burnie

I find it hard to be­lieve that all the cit­i­zens who are “ou­traged” over Don­ald Trump’s pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion with Billy Bush never par­tic­i­pated in locker room talk them­selves.

I am not ex­clud­ing the ladies who claim to be of­fended ei­ther. Years ago, when I was work­ing as an elec­tri­cian do­ing a job at an ex­clu­sive women’s col­lege, I was in a room next to the ladies locker room. I was in­stalling switches in the wall ad­join­ing the locker room and could hear the con­ver­sa­tion clearly.

The de­scrip­tions of the anatomy of var­i­ous males these ladies dated and the nar­ra­tive of some of the events that took place dur­ing these en­coun­ters could not have been printed in “Play­boy” or “Esquire.”

I have heard the same type of con­ver­sa­tion, with the roles re­versed, in the locker room at my school dur­ing foot­ball sea­son, and on oc­ca­sion taken part in this demon­stra­tion of one-up­man­ship.

Yet none of this meant that the per­sons in­volved or their lis­ten­ers were hor­ri­ble peo­ple. Yes, it’s gut­ter talk, but it hap­pens among the best of us. I be­lieve the ma­jor­ity of the of­fended are hyp­ocrites and in many cases liars.

It’s ridicu­lous that Billy Bush has been sus­pended and Mr. Trump is be­ing called un­wor­thy to be pres­i­dent be­cause of this awk­ward sit­u­a­tion. Un­der these guide­lines Hil­lary Clin­ton’s hus­band should have been kicked out of of­fice as well.

Mr. Trump did apol­o­gize to any­one he of­fended, but it was a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion not meant to be broad­cast. The peo­ple who re­leased it are just as bad as he and Mr. Bush are made out to be.

Let’s look at the real qualifications for the job or pres­i­dent, not make up things.

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