He called Mexicans rapists and murderers –and that wasn’t a deal-breaker.
He said if his daughter was not, in fact, his biological daughter, he might be dating her –and that wasn’t a deal-breaker.
He called women dogs, pigs, slobs, among other names –and that wasn’t a deal-breaker.
He is alleged to have avoided billions of dollars of federal tax payments over the course of two decades –and that wasn’t a deal-breaker.
He has threatened to prevent all Muslims from entering the United States –and that wasn’t a deal-breaker.
He has admitted to benefitting financially from the housing crisis which deprived millions of Americans homes and livelihoods — and that wasn’t a deal-breaker.
He operated a fraudulent educational institution, among other fraudulent businesses — and that wasn’t a deal-breaker.
He went after a Gold Star Family and John McCain, a war hero in his own right — and that wasn’t a deal-breaker.
Actually, this Billy Bush tape seems rather in character for a man who would readily insult women, degrade entire populations of people, and lie constantly. But, Republican elite were willing to let, even encourage, this man run the country until this weekend. Why is this revelation so divisive?
I can only speculate that Republicans were looking — begging — for a way out after they concluded history might frown upon them. Why was this not uncovered earlier? So now Republican elite (Condoleezza Rice, John McCain and more) who had previously remained silent, are suddenly up-in-arms about a man who has been spectacularly unfit for office since the day he rode an escalator into our political sphere.
Hillary Clinton might be the first Democrat since her husband to win the majority of votes from married women. She is now the third candidate, ever, to be endorsed by The Atlantic. And she will now, almost certainly, win the presidency.
Every single Republican will now be asked if they support Donald Trump. And the outcome of the election will determine which camp will be viewed favorably by history.
Let’s be realistic. Donald Trump is going to finish the election. He is going to lose, but he is going to finish. I am extremely curious to find out what Mike Pence will do. (I think he leaves the ticket after his surprisingly coherent debate performance, and seeks higher office in 2020).
And what will happen to Trump’s supporters? They aren’t abandoning him yet, and unlike Republican elite they haven’t just decided that his latest transgression is the worst of them all.
Whatever happens, the next 29 days will surely be the most interesting in United States election history. A fitting conclusion — I’d say — for a less-than palatable reality-show election cycle.