Mindanao Times

From sex scandals to impeachmen­t: the unsinkable Donald Trump


IMPEACHED for abuse of power, President Donald Trump’s acquittal by the Senate is just the latest escape for the real estate tycoon turned politician who has repeatedly defied the odds.

The following are some of the events that could have torpedoed his political fortunes:

- ‘Grab ‘em’ - On October 7, 2016, one month before the presidenti­al election, a decadeold recording is released on which Trump is heard talking about women in extremely crude terms.

The now infamous “Access Hollywood” tape features Trump -- then the billionair­e host of the hit reality show “The Apprentice” -- boasting that his celebrity gave him license to grope women with impunity. “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he said. “You can do anything. Grab ‘em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

As prominent Republican­s voiced their disgust, the scandal appeared set to derail Trump’s White House bid -- as pundits widely predicted it would cost him the women’s vote.

They were proven wrong. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the presidency the following month, ultimately garnering 52 percent support among white women voters.

At least 17 women have accused Trump of sexual harassment or sexual assault -- accusation­s the president has denied. - Charlottes­ville On August 12, 2017, white supremacis­t, neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic groups -- emboldened by Trump’s election on an anti-immigratio­n platform -- gathered in Charlottes­ville, Virginia for a rally.

Counter-protesters flocked to the city and clashes broke out. One neoNazi deliberate­ly ploughed his car into a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-yearold woman.

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