Who ever would have predicted that it was a bad idea to nominate a Human Stain for president? Who indeed. As many in my Twitter timeline have pointed out: only every woman you know.
Many people are noting that the Human Stain has made insults and outrageously offensive comments about people who are ethnically and religiously different from him and his base. Jeffrey Goldberg tweeted last night, “My record of sexually harassing women is a distraction from the real issue, which is my record of racism and xenopobia.” It’s funny because it’s true! But here’s why I think the offensive remarks caught on tape are a little different:
They’re personal to one woman. It’s crazy that insulting entire nations and ethnicities would be less inflammatory than insulting and demeaning one specific person, but that’s the crucial difference. The Stain’s comments about Mexicans were linked to a policy position: build the wall. The comments about banning Muslims from entering the U.S. also articulated a specific policy position. But his remarks about a specific woman, bragging that “you can do anything. . . grab them by the pussy,”–what policy position does that suggest? The Grab Them By The Pussy Act of 2017?
There’s no policy. He’s just shown us very clearly once again who he is. I’d argue that that person was fully evident going back to June of 2015, but YMMV. No sentient woman over the age of 20 is surprised to hear this.
Trump will likely still get 40% of the vote. Think about that for a minute or two before returning to your schadenfreude. (But do enjoy the righteous indignation this weekend!)