Why is any­one sur­prised by tape?

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION - Dana Milbank Columnist Dana Milbank is syn­di­cated by The Wash­ing­ton Post Writ­ers Group.

Repub­li­cans are shocked — shocked! — about Don­ald Trump’s caught-on-tape re­marks boast­ing in vul­gar terms about sex­ual as­saults on women.

GOP Sens. John McCain, John Thune, Kelly Ay­otte, Mike Lee, Mark Kirk and Mike Crapo, two Repub­li­can gov­er­nors and a dozen or more GOP mem­bers of the House ei­ther said they won’t sup­port Trump or called on Trump to quit, while many oth­ers, in­clud­ing Trump run­ning mate Mike Pence, ex­pressed their dis­gust.

What was on the 2005 video tape, first re­ported by The Wash­ing­ton Post’s in­de­fati­ga­ble David A. Fahren­thold, was beyond what we’ve known be­fore of Trump — that he grabs the gen­i­tals of women with­out their con­sent and tried might­ily to se­duce a mar­ried woman. But it’s worse only by de­grees. If this is the straw that broke the camel’s back, this drom­e­dary was al­ready over­bur­dened and suf­fer­ing from arthri­tis, spinal steno­sis and rup­tured disks.

Repub­li­cans may be dis­mayed by the su­per-preda­tor they saw and heard in the video, but they have no busi­ness be­ing sur­prised. What’s on that tape is en­tirely con­sis­tent with what we al­ready knew.

Even be­fore this tape emerged, we knew his wife Ivana ac­cused him at the time of their di­vorce of rap­ing her. We’ve seen com­plaint af­ter com­plaint about his lewd be­hav­ior on set at “The Ap­pren­tice” and at his Miss Uni­verse pageants.

But while peo­ple can ques­tion the he-said, she-said al­le­ga­tions against Trump, it’s harder to dis­pute the mean­ing of his own words.

Here, for the ben­e­fit of those Repub­li­cans feign­ing sur­prise about Trump’s video, is a par­tial cat­a­logue of re­ported re­marks Trump has made about women — re­marks which, by em­brac­ing Trump as the GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, of­fice hold­ers in the party have al­ready con­doned:

“You know, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter what they (me­dia) write as long as you’ve got a young and beau­ti­ful piece of ass.”

“You could see there was blood com­ing out of her (Fox News an­chor Megyn Kelly’s) eyes, blood com­ing out of her wher­ever.”

“My daugh­ter, Ivanka ... she’s got the best body.”

“If Ivanka weren’t my daugh­ter, per­haps I’d be dat­ing her.”

Avoid­ing STDs “is my per­sonal Viet­nam. I feel like a great and very brave sol­dier . ... This is bet­ter than Viet­nam. It’s more fun.”

“If I told the real sto­ries of my ex­pe­ri­ences with women, of­ten seem­ingly very hap­pily mar­ried and im­por­tant women, this book would be a guar­an­teed best-seller — which it will be any­way!.”

“Does she (Kim Kar­dashian) have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Ab­so­lutely.”

“Can you imag­ine the par­ents of Kelli (Rosie O’Don­nell’s part­ner) when she said, ‘Mom, Dad, I just fell in love with a big, fat pig named Rosie’?”

To a lawyer who needed to take a break dur­ing a de­po­si­tion to pump breast milk for her in­fant daugh­ter: “You’re dis­gust­ing.”

To “Celebrity Ap­pren­tice” con­tes­tant Brande Rod­er­ick: “It must be a pretty pic­ture. You drop­ping to your knees.”

To Cher: “I prom­ise not to talk about your mas­sive plas­tic surg­eries that didn’t work.”

“I fully un­der­stand why her (Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton’s) for­mer hus­band left her for a man — he made a good de­ci­sion.”

A retweeted mes­sage: “If Hil­lary Clinton can’t sat­isfy her hus­band, what makes her think she can sat­isfy Amer­ica?”

Of Carly Fio­r­ina: “Look at that face. Would any­one vote for that? ... Can you imag­ine that, the face of our next pres­i­dent?”

For women who have abor­tions: “There has to be some form of pun­ish­ment.”

Of for­mer Miss Uni­verse Ali­cia Machado: “Miss Piggy.” “Miss House­keep­ing.” “Check out sex tape and past.”

“With­out the woman’s card, Hil­lary would not even be a vi­able per­son to even run for a city coun­cil po­si­tion.”

“A per­son who is very flatch­ested is very hard to be a 10.”

On the Miss Amer­ica com­pe­ti­tion: “There’s only one tal­ent you care about, and that’s the look tal­ent.”

“I would never buy Ivana any de­cent jew­els or pictures. Why give her ne­go­tiable as­sets?”

“Any­one who knows me knows these words don’t re­flect who I am,” Trump said Fri­day night in his non-apol­ogy apol­ogy video.

But that’s just the prob­lem: If you don’t think the words in that video re­flect ex­actly who Don­ald Trump is, you haven’t been pay­ing at­ten­tion.

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