We knew this Don­ald Trump all along

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OPINION - Dana Mil­bank Dana Mil­bank Colum­nist Fol­low Dana Mil­bank on Twit­ter, @Mil­bank.

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 that his wife Ivana ac­cused him at the time of their divorce of rap­ing her (Trump’s lawyer as­serted that there is no such thing as spousal rape). 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:

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

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.”

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.”

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

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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