And yet he did.
He was more calm than Hillary, more prepared than he was for the last debate and on offense throughout. He wasn’t perfect by any means, but even his “political-ish” responses on the energy question and the Supreme Court nominees beat out Wonder Wonk — and that’s saying something.
Once again he had to contend with the moderators who showed that they were specifically willing to argue with the Republican candidate and not the Democrat.
In the end, he…unbelievably…made you forget, for a few minutes anyway, about the Billy Bush interview.
That was some weekend
So about that.
“Locker room talk” vs “Sexual assault”.
Many won’t like this, but here is the reality. There ARE guys who talk like Donald Trump did, and there ARE guys who giggle along, and egg him on, like Billy Bush did. NOT ALL guys do this. Though they are few and far between who when confronted with a a guy talking like Trump did, who would admonish him while he was going on.
But, a Nebraska comedian put it best, while referring to what many are losing their shit about — the “grab her p**sy” line:
“When 2 guys see a hot girl and one guy says “I’d eat her turds” trust me, he really doesn’t mean that literally.”
When Trump said that 11 years ago, he was being crude. But when you actually hear it, he’s making a joke, along the lines of something that would be so WAY over the top — a’la shooting someone on 5th Avenue.
But whether you think that was a harmless joke in private or a awful monster statement, Trump has problems. There are people who don’t necessarily believe he wouldn’t try some horrible move on a woman. And he doesn’t seem to be joking about hitting on a married woman. For many people, that is enough to say he can’t be President.
(And there are plenty of people who, on that line of thinking, find Hillary’s defense of her husband’s sexual adventures and alleged assaults to further THEIR political careers, to also be disqualifying.)
But let’s at least note this: everyone knew what they were getting with Donald Trump. He’s thrice married. Back in the 1980s and 90s and oughts, talking with the media he was almost intentionally crass. He has been on Howard Stern numerous times where being crass is the show. So we knew, to a certain extent, what we were getting with Trump. Which is why the GOP has been so split on the guy.
So while he is a master communicator, and these days can seemingly escape any situation…there is almost no way the Democrats have finished with their oppo-dump.
The biggie that has spilled, partly anyway, is the claim that there is video evidence of him using the n-word on The Apprentice. The fact that it leaked, without the evidence, should make one a little bit skeptical. It’s conceivable that he used the word, but in the context of quoting someone else, etc. And again, Trump problem is that he has lost that benefit of the doubt at this point. Don’t be surprised that even if video never surfaces, the whole story will be repeated as a fact.
But even if there is no Apprentice video, it would be surprising to get to Election Day without the Dems springing at least one more horrible surprise about Trump.
The guess is that after his solid showing on Sunday night, they will wait until after the final debate to show whatever they have, so that Trump doesn’t have the debate stage to push it back.
The other guess is that they will make it late enough that a “Dump-Trump” concept will be pretty much off the table.
One would think that if there IS a horrible n-word video, that Trump could actually see the writing on the wall and pack it in. While he has said he’d never quit, it is certainly possible.
If that were to happen, the Republican party would vote among their 168 members on a new candidate. Could be Mike Pence. Could be someone like a Mitt Romney. And it is certainly within the realm of possibility that the Republican could win where a damaged Trump could not.
The Dems know that. So they won’t likely show their hand until the latest point when Trump wouldn’t or couldn’t get out.
Then again, other events can happen between now and Election Day.
It’s a crazy time.
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