Donald Trump, according to nine women and his own comments to Billy Bush, likes to grope women. He regularly insults women about their appearance and weight. He called deaf actress Marlee Matlin “retarded,” according to one account. He publicly bragged about his infidelity while still married to his children’s mother. He talks about a daughter in sick, sexualized ways. He has said more than once of pre-adolescent girls that he would be dating them in a few years. He wandered in on beauty contestants (including minors) while they were naked or changing.
The Post reported Friday yet another woman, Kristin Anderson, has stepped forward. She recalls Trump putting his hand up her skirt during an incident in the 1990s. (“She recognized him as Donald Trump: ‘He was so distinctive looking — with the hair and the eyebrows. I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows.'”) On Saturday, “Cathy Heller, a now 63-year-old New York resident, described an encounter she allegedly had with the real estate mogul two decades ago. She told the newspaper Trump grabbed her and attempted to kiss with her without her consent at a Mother’s Day brunch at his Mar-a-Lago estate in a year she believes was 1997.”
Trump calls all these women liars, and has the audacity to say one accuser was not attractive enough to grope. (“Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you,” he said at a North Carolina rally.) But of course this is not so much about sex as about sheer power.
Trump’s disgusting behavior — even if we look only at his recorded comments — is that of a pre-pubescent, one raised by wolves. His conduct and talk, one can suppose, are intended to make himself feel powerful and important. Treating women as chattel makes him feel masculine and in command. His narcissism convinces him he is a suave operator and prevents him from considering the feelings of the women he attacks (physically and verbally). It is amusing, in retrospect, that he routinely took to Twitter to ridicule Anthony Weiner’s escapades (calling him a “sleazy pervert” or a “sleazebag”). Trump’s not one to talk.
It matters not at all whether there is some diagnosable problem with Trump or whether he is simply evil. His family members are, we can suppose, enablers at this point who choose not to believe anyone but their relative’s elaborate accounts and theories. (In that regard they are demonstrating precisely the same willful blindness Hillary Clinton was accused of exhibiting with regard to Bill Clinton.)
Trump, we have come to see, operates in his own world in which he is the “best” and in which everyone else is inferior. He spews made up facts and clings to irrational assertions. Frankly, it does not take much to get from the lie that “Mexicans are pouring over the border” to the insane claim there is a worldwide conspiracy against him. No really, he said:
With his presidential campaign in full-blown crisis on Thursday, Trump was at it again, putting a new spin on a familiar tactic.
This time, there was a bigger, badder villain — “a global power structure” of corporate interests, the media and Clinton engaging in subterfuge.
This time, it was about him.
“They knew they would throw every lie they could at me and my family and my loved ones,” said Trump at a rally in West Palm Beach, Fla. “They knew they would stop at nothing to try to stop me. But I never knew, as bad as it would be, I never knew it would be this vile, that it would be this bad, that it would be this vicious.”
The only thing missing is Marvel movies’ notorious stealth organization Hydra. And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) still wants him as commander in chief with access to nuclear codes. (The people who do that for a living sure don’t.)
We can only hope he repeats his lunacy at the debate — and Hillary Clinton, the audience and moderator laugh at him. He is laughable, or pathetic, depending on your view.
He told a crowd last week he didn’t know what he’d do if he lost. Becoming a “loser” is certainly his worst nightmare, particularly if he loses a bunch of red states and does dramatically worse than Mitt Romney, whom Trump loathes.
Trump already is claiming the election was rigged. We anticipate he will refuse to concede, melt down in one public appearance after another and try his hardest to keep the media attention on him. Unfortunately for him, he has become a creepy old man — and his act was stale weeks ago. After Election Day, we anticipate, the media, his grudging GOP endorsers and the public will be delighted not to follow his machinations (aside from trials litigating his chicanery), listen to his nonsense or concern themselves with his latest hotel or product line (which if history is any guide, would last about 18 months). That’s the best part of this election — it will end and so will Trump’s domination of the news.