Op-ed: Donald Trump has shown that he is an apprentice human being.
He has a lot to learn, and not enough time. Voting is a month away, and unless the Russians really have some cyber way of disrupting them Trump will be history.
Friday night was full of vicious attacks on him by senior leaders of his own party. He was disinvited from a meeting with major Republicans in Wisconsin.
“Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who has emerged as a trusted Trump ally and adviser, scolded in scorching terms: "No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever,” Politico said.
For those who watched Trump attack everyone from women, to Mexicans, to vets, and victims of PTSD while praising Russian leader Vladimir Putin it was hard to imagine what he could have done that would surprise his critics.
To keep it brief, he said stars like him could sexually assault women any time they wanted.
Unlike previous insults, or the Bill Cosby case, this time there was an audio tape. Hearing the words come from Trump’s mouth was almost incendiary.
Trump didn’t deny it but said it was just “locker room talk.”
That kind of talk may have been acceptable 30 years ago but not now.
Even before Friday’s news Trump was going down in the polls because of leaks about him not paying taxes and a wide variety of earlier insults.
As usual Trump sought to paint his non-payment of taxes as genius, when in fact it was one of his accountants who did the work and he understood none of it.
Although there was talk in Republican circles of dumping there was no indication it would go farther than other such efforts had.
Trump is to debate Hillary Clinton on Sunday night, and most pundits thought he would have to issue some kind of formal apology for his anti-women statements. It would be an understatement to say he has been reluctant to apologize for any behavior.
Turns out his idea of sincere apology was to say: “This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we're facing today.”
Most political experts said Trump’s only chance of rising in the polls would be to score a big victory. Clinton, who has far more debate experience, was judged to have scored a major victory in the first debate.
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