Trump is worse than just a pig

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

Let’s be­gin with the Peo­ple mag­a­zine writer who says that Don­ald Trump took her into a room at his Mar-a-Lago es­tate — while his preg­nant wife was changing her clothes up­stairs — and “within sec­onds, he was push­ing me against the wall and forc­ing his tongue down my throat.”

Natasha Stoynoff is an ex­pe­ri­enced jour­nal­ist with six books to her credit, and her story is sim­i­lar to those told by oth­ers. A sec­ond woman says she, too, was groped by Trump at the Florida es­tate. Two other women told The New York Times of be­ing ac­costed by Trump, one of them groped and the other forcibly kissed. A for­mer Miss Wash­ing­ton says Trump “con­tin­u­ally grabbed my ass” at a beauty pageant. An­other woman al­leged in a law­suit that Trump pushed her against a wall and tried to put his hands up her dress.

Trump de­nies it all. But there is rea­son to be­lieve these sto­ries of sex­ual assault — let’s call it what it is — be­cause of Trump’s own words about the way he treats women.

This is the very be­hav­ior Trump boasts of in the “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” video­tape that sur­faced on Oct. 7. He re­lates how he “moved on” co-host Nancy O’Dell, a mar­ried woman, with­out suc­cess. He says that when he sees beau­ti­ful women, “I just start kiss­ing them. It’s like a mag­net. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.” He says that “when you’re a star,” you can “grab them by the p---y. You can do any­thing.”

At Sun­day’s de­bate, Trump tried to dis­miss those un­guarded words as “locker room talk.” Pressed by mod­er­a­tor An­der­son Cooper, he claimed never to have ac­tu­ally done any of these things. Imag­ine how that de­nial sounded to women who knew oth­er­wise.

The creepi­est new rev­e­la­tion comes from CBS News, which dis­cov­ered footage from a 1992 in­ter­view in which Trump says of a 10-year-old girl: “I am go­ing to be dat­ing her in 10 years. Can you be­lieve it?” And there have also been re­ports in the Guardian and Buz­zFeed about Trump walk­ing in on con­tes­tants in the Miss Teen USA pageant when they were less than dressed. Ick. The story here is not just that Trump is a pig, which we al­ready knew. It is that the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent of the United States ap­pears not to be a rak­ish lothario but a sex­ual preda­tor who uses his wealth and power, in­clud­ing his phys­i­cal strength, to force him­self on women.

Yet vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Mike Pence — who calls him­self “a Chris­tian, a con­ser­va­tive and a Repub­li­can, in that or­der” — tells au­di­ences that Trump is “a good man.” There are no words for such hypocrisy.

The GOP claims to stand for tra­di­tional fam­ily val­ues. In­deed, some lead­ing Repub­li­cans aban­doned the Trump Ti­tanic when the “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” tape made it im­pos­si­ble to pre­tend the party had nom­i­nated a can­di­date wor­thy of the pres­i­dency. But oth­ers — no­tably Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell — have stuck with him, hop­ing to sur­vive the elec­toral dis­as­ter they fear is com­ing.

In­side the gilded Trump Tower bunker, the self-de­scribed ha­bit­ual groper is re­ported to be in a con­stant rage. His nar­cis­sism leads him to blame ev­ery­one else for his predica­ment — the women who al­leged the as­saults, the news me­dia that seek to hold him ac­count­able, the Repub­li­cans scram­bling for the lifeboats. He will never, ever blame him­self.

Trump and his in­ner cir­cle be­lieve that scream­ing about Bill Clin­ton’s sex­ual pec­ca­dil­loes will some­how ex­cuse or neu­tral­ize what we have learned over the past week. But Hil­lary Clin­ton is on the bal­lot, not her hus­band. Vot­ers know the dif­fer­ence.

They also un­der­stand that women who suf­fer sex­ual assault of­ten do not im­me­di­ately come for­ward. In a story that Peo­ple posted Wed­nes­day night, Stoynoff de­scribed what hap­pened af­ter Trump al­legedly jumped her at Mar-a-Lago:

“I tried to act nor­mal. I had a job to do, and I was de­ter­mined to do it . ... ‘You know we’re go­ing to have an af­fair, don’t you?’ he de­clared, in the same con­fi­dent tone he uses when he says he’s go­ing to make Amer­ica great again. ‘Have you ever been to Peter Luger’s for steaks? I’ll take you. We’re go­ing to have an af­fair, I’m telling you.’”

Stoynoff wrote that “like many women, I was ashamed and blamed my­self for his trans­gres­sion . ... I was afraid that a fa­mous, pow­er­ful, wealthy man could and would dis­credit and de­stroy me.”

Back in New York, “I asked to be taken off the Trump beat,” Stoynoff wrote. Most Amer­i­cans feel the same way.

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