Too late for GOP to re­pu­di­ate Trump

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Bill Press: Even for Don­ald Trump, this was a new low. We just didn’t re­al­ize what a lowlife he re­ally was.

Even for Don­ald Trump, this was a new low. From a whole slew of pre­vi­ous com­ments, we knew he was a misog­y­nist with zero re­spect for women. We just didn’t re­al­ize what a lowlife he re­ally was. Un­til re­lease of the 2005 video­tape of the man late-night host Seth Mey­ers now calls “the per­vert on the bus.”

You run out of ad­jec­tives try­ing to re­act to Trump’s brag­ging about force­fully kiss­ing women, grab­bing their gen­i­tals and get­ting away with it be­cause he’s a “star.” It’s sick, shock­ing, dis­gust­ing and de­grad­ing. And I haven’t talked to one woman yet who doesn’t be­lieve that it’s sex­ual as­sault — for which any other CEO would be out of a job or in jail.

Equally dis­gust­ing are the lame ex­cuses put forth by Trump and his evil side­kick Rudy Gi­u­liani. They dis­miss it as only “locker room talk,” ut­tered 11 years ago, and in­sist that Bill Clin­ton did far worse. No, no and no. It wasn’t just “talk,” as four women told The New York Times. He ac­tu­ally groped them. Trump was brag­ging about what he had done to women, not what he wanted to. Eleven years ago, he was 59 years old, not 18. And, last time I checked, Bill Clin­ton was not on the bal­lot.

Trump sup­porter Sen. Jeff Ses­sions, R-Ala., even ar­gues that Trump’s treat­ment of women did not amount to sex­ual abuse. “That’s a stretch,” he told the Huff­in­g­ton Post. Is he kid­ding? If grab­bing a woman’s gen­i­tals isn’t sex­ual abuse, what is?

The truth is, Trump couldn’t get past the hir­ing in­ter­view in most cor­po­ra­tions. Wal­mart, for ex­am­ple, has very strict hir­ing poli­cies that pro­hibit “sex­u­ally ex­plicit lan­guage, off-color jokes,” “re­marks about a per­son’s body,” as well as “us­ing slurs or neg­a­tive stereo­typ­ing,” “ver­bal kid­ding, teas­ing or jok­ing,” and “in­tim­i­dat­ing acts, such as bul­ly­ing or threat­en­ing.” By those rules, Trump couldn’t get a job as a jan­i­tor at Wal­mart, let alone CEO.

But if their at­tempts to de­fend Trump are laugh­able, so are their sud­den ef­forts to dis­tance them­selves from him: ei­ther by re­nounc­ing him al­to­gether, like John McCain and Ja­son Chaf­fetz, or con­demn­ing him but still vot­ing for him, like Paul Ryan and Marco Ru­bio.

For those who have with­drawn their en­dorse­ment, the ob­vi­ous ques­tion is: What took you so long? For stick­ing with Trump — even af­ter he called all Mex­i­can im­mi­grants “rapists,” ridiculed war hero McCain, smeared Ted Cruz’s wife and fa­ther, at­tacked a Gold Star fam­ily and promised to throw Hil­lary Clin­ton in jail — only to bolt when he was caught us­ing the “p” word, they hardly de­serve a Pro­file in Courage Award.

Even worse are those like Ryan, Ru­bio, Chris Christie, John Boehner and oth­ers, who are try­ing to have it both ways: pre­tend­ing to be out­raged by Trump’s lewd re­marks but plan­ning to vote for him any­way be­cause he’s the nom­i­nee of their party. Hyp­ocrites! If they can’t de­fend him, won’t stand on the same stage with him or wouldn’t let their kids lis­ten to the tape, how can they still vote for him?

Let’s face it. Here’s what’s re­ally go­ing on: Ryan and com­pany know there’s no way Trump can win. They’ve al­ready lost the White House, so now they’re des­per­ately try­ing to save the House and the Se­nate to pre­vent Clin­ton from scor­ing the tri­fecta. And, in or­der to do so, they’re spread­ing the myth that Trump is some­how dif­fer­ent, pre­tend­ing he does not rep­re­sent the real Repub­li­can Party.

Don’t you be­lieve it. There’s no dif­fer­ence be­tween Trump and Ryan. Trump wasn’t forced on Repub­li­cans. They set the stage for him. They wel­comed him. They em­braced him. And they nom­i­nated him for pres­i­dent. He’s the di­rect re­sult of decades of neg­a­tive cam­paign­ing and scorchedearth pol­i­tics led by Richard Nixon, Lee At­wa­ter, Newt Gin­grich, Karl Rove and the tea party.

As sci­ence-fic­tion writer John Scalzi writes, Trump “is the ac­tual and phys­i­cal em­bod­i­ment of ev­ery sin­gle thing the GOP has trained its base to want and to be over the last forty years — ig­no­rant, big­oted and money-grub­bing, dis­dain­ful of facts and fright­ened of ev­ery­thing be­cause of it, an an­gry drunk buzzed off on wood-grain pa­tri­o­tism, threat­en­ing brown peo­ple and leer­ing at women. He was planned. He was in­tended. He was ex­pected. He was wanted.”

It’s too late now for Ryan and other Repub­li­cans to re­pu­di­ate Trump. He’s the mon­ster they cre­ated. He’s their man. He is who they are.

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