I just heard Donald Trump's video apology, clearly written by someone else. Yeesh!
My text-to-speech engine sounds more human. Literally. And I do know the proper meaning of the word "literally."
During the actual "apology" part of the presentation, Donnie reminded me of that clip of Krusty the Clown reciting the words "I heartily endorse this service and/or product."
Trump called his "Grab 'em by the pussy" remark a "distraction." Yet he signaled -- again -- that the rest of his campaign will be about Bill Clinton, as if those old (and mostly false) allegations were NOT a distraction.
The teevee talking heads have it all wrong, as usual. When Trump launches his counterattack, he will not be talking about Bill Clinton's "infidelity." He will focus on allegations of rape and sexual abuse. If you turn to the Alex Jones websites, to which I will NOT link, you will see that this Clinton-as-rapist
campaign is in full swing.
Trump's charges will derive from the Stone/Morrow book Clinton's War on Women
. Everyone knows that Roger Stone is one of the slimier hedonists ever to ooze his way through the muck and the mud. Robert Morrow believes that Donald Trump raped a 13 year-old girl. So how the hell can Trump grant credibility to Morrow's "research"? Fun times await us all.
My theory: Donald Trump's campaign isn't really a campaign. It's his version of "The Aristocrats."
Michele Bachmann, bless her crazy heart, rose to Trump's defense on MSNBC yesterday. She insisted, without evidence, that the "p-word" tape came from the Clinton campaign. Actually, the Washington Post got it from Access Hollywood
. The great thing about being Michele Bachmann is that reality becomes Silly Putty: You can shape it however you please.
Below the asterisks, you will find my original post. My piece starts with the "p-word" video but goes into far more important topics. For a while, I thought that mine might be the only piece to point out that Trump's "p-word" commentary aligns with the Donnie-the Groper claims made by Jill Harth in an under-reported lawsuit. Just now the NYT has published a fine piece which takes a deep look at the Harth connection.
Can the Trump candidacy survive the next few days?
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Everyone is talking about Donald Trump's unconscionable remarks
, as heard on a newly released recording:
A decade before Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for president, he shared candid and lewd views on women that were caught on tape.
"I'm automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them, it's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything," he said in the 2005 conversation. "Grab 'em by the pussy."
Trump has excused all of this as "locker room talk." Speaking as a heterosexual male who has engaged in in a number of free-wheeling conversations with other heterosexual males -- some of whom were pretty outrageous characters -- I can honestly say that I've never heard another man speak about women in such a creepily rapey fashion. Yes, I've heard some rather slimey things, but nothing quite on this
Keep this recording in mind as you scan Jill Harth's lawsuit
, in which she claims that Trump sexually molested her. Here is a news story
about Harth. Read her claims and come to your own conclusion. As far as I can tell, she has not tried to commercialize her story.
It culminated in January 1993, when Harth and Houraney were visiting his Florida mansion, Mar-a-Lago, to finalize and then celebrate the beauty pageant deal with a party.
After business concluded, Harth and Houraney were on tour of Mar-a-Lago along with a group of young pageant contestants – Trump wanted to “see the quality of the girls he was sponsoring”, Harth recalled – when he pulled her aside into one of the children’s bedrooms.
“He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again,” Harth said, “and I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it.’ It was a shocking thing to have him do this because he knew I was with George, he knew they were in the next room. And how could he be doing this when I’m there for business?”
She recalled how Trump – who had just gone through a divorce from his first wife, Ivana, and was in a relationship with Marla Maples, who would become his second wife – pursued her and urged her to leave Houraney.
“Trump did everything in his power to get me to leave him. He constantly called me and said: ‘I love you, baby, I’m going to be the best lover you ever had. What are you doing with that loser, you need to be with me, you need to step it up to the big leagues.’
Harth's story becomes harder to discredit in light of the recording that everyone is now talking about. A long time ago, she claimed that Trump really does think he can grab women by their most private areas.
But even that
is not the real story.
If you want the truth about Trumpian sleaze, read this long, compelling article
(the first of a series). It looks into the background of both Trump Models and the orange letch who founded it. (Yes, this is the same must-read article to which I linked in the previous post.)
I'll give you the big, icky "grand revelation" right here and now: Donald Trump handed his daughter Ivanka, then just 14, over to the "care" of his ultra-debauched friend John Casablancas -- after
Casablancas had been exposed in the press as a serial child rapist.
But there's so much more, including charges of rape involving Trump himself. Here's an excerpt:
You see, despite his attempts to portray himself as a Don Juan, he really didn’t have much in the way of game-at least according to those who know him. “In all honesty, Donald is completely awkward with women,” a Trump insider told the New York Daily News in a July 2016 interview. “He never developed small talk. He’s not very social. He doesn’t have any friends. Plus, he’s completely paranoid about venereal disease and AIDS.”
In light of this, and considering the other things that were going on in his life, I will make an observation- Trump has been in the public eye for around 30 years, and his personal life-including romantic dalliances-have been exhaustively covered. Yet within those multiple decades in the public eye, there is a period of a little under five years in which Trump faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment and assault. To me, at least, the high number of accusations within a short time period are striking, as are similarities between each woman’s account.
His alleged rape of his first wife Ivana takes place in late 1989. He was accused of sexually harassing a model in 1992. A lawsuit filed by Jill Hearth alleged ongoing sexual misconduct-including an attempted rape, over the course of 2 months spanning between 1993 and 1994. And his alleged rape of a 13 year old girl (which I will discuss in more detail in the next installment) was reported as taking place in early 1994. As far as I’m aware, no other allegations have surfaced-although women in both his employ and personal life have spoken out about his continued inappropriate behavior and comments.
1989-1995 just so happens to be the same time period in which Donald Trumps world and empire was falling apart at the seams. In the beginning of the decade he was facing the end of his first marriage and a looming court battle. Despite his purportedly active dating life, by many accounts Trump was being rejected by many, if not most, of the women he pursued-including Carla Bruni and Jill Hearth. Marla Maples, after years of being the secret mistress and repeated rounds of being dumped and publicly humiliated by Trump, was starting to lose her patience. And the big gamble he took in Atlantic City was, by all accounts, failing miserably-a direct result of his jaw droppingly awful business practices and general incompetence. In 1991, his Taj Mahal Casino filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. In 1992, he again filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy again, this time on his Trump Plaza Hotel (also in Atlantic City), at the time owing $550 million dollars. Recall that he would report an almost 1 billion dollar loss on his 1995 tax returns, according to the copies obtained by the New York Times. Indeed, the early 90’s were not a very good era for Donald Trump. In light of this fact, it’s worth noting that the sexual assault allegations against him are all clustered within this very time frame.
Another excerpt. This one concerns the allegation that Trump raped Ivana:
In the meantime his relationship with Ivana deteriorated-culminating in a now iconic ski slope showdown in Aspen between his wife and his girlfriend. And according to a sworn deposition that she gave during the divorce (which she would publicly distance herself from later) Donald brutally raped her:
After a painful scalp reduction surgery to remove a bald spot, Donald Trump confronted his then-wife, who had previously used the same plastic surgeon.
Trump, perhaps inspired by the success of John Casablancas in earned media, decided to turn the ending of his first marriage into a Greek Tragedy for the ages. New personas were created in the form of “publicists” that sounded uncannily like Donald Trump himself. These personas called reporters to scoop them on salacious details of his exploits. Trump and/or his alter ego/”publicist” would all page 6 reporter Liz Smith and others incessantly to let them know that Mr. Trump, while still technically married, and already carrying on a serious relationship with his mistress, was nonetheless the object of unbridled desire by the most beautiful women on the planet, who he apparently had to beat off with a stick. Madonna was chasing him around like a dog in heat. He was bedding “literally dozens” of models-a different one every day of the week. Kim Bassinger was among his many conquests. And Carla Bruni-at the time one of the most high-profile supermodels in the world-was pursuing him to the point that restraining orders might end up necessary. Such was the sexual magnetism of “The Donald” in the late 80’s, early 90’s-to hear him publicist John Barron say it.
“Your fucking doctor has ruined me!” Trump cried.
What followed was a “violent assault,” according to Lost Tycoon. Donald held back Ivana’s arms and began to pull out fistfuls of hair from her scalp, as if to mirror the pain he felt from his own operation. He tore off her clothes and unzipped his pants.
“Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months. Ivana is terrified… It is a violent assault,” Hurt writes. “According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, ‘he raped me.’”
Following the incident, Ivana ran upstairs, hid behind a locked door, and remained there “crying for the rest of night.” When she returned to the master bedroom in the morning, he was there.
“As she looks in horror at the ripped-out hair scattered all over the bed, he glares at her and asks with menacing casualness: ‘Does it hurt?’”
Of course the fake publicist ruse eventually caught up with him. Page 6 reporters were all too familiar with the voice of Donald Trump, as was Marla Maples who they played the tape for to confirm. And eventually Trump would admit that the story about Carla Bruni was really just a way to get his long suffering mistress jealous. And yet despite the fact that the ostensible relationship was entirely fictional, Trump has continued to act like he did in fact have an affair with Carla Bruni. As recently as 2008, in an interview with Howard Stern-he played coy when asked about his past dalliances with Bruni (who went on to become the first lady of France after marrying Nicholas Sarkozy) and made the now infamous comment about her less than impressive breasts-saying “very hard to be a 10 when you’re flat chested.”
Bruni never had anything to do with Trump. She considered him "The King of Tacky."
She speculated it may have been in retaliation for her rejection that Trump planted the story that they were romantically involved. A year later she would sum up the entire scandal in one perfect sentence- “Trump has obviously always been a lunatic”