Donald Trump is a dead man walking, politically speaking. In fairness, no man dubbed ‘groper-in-chief’ could ever dwell in the Oval Office.
Mr. Trump’s campaign, already tainted in numerous ocassions by lewd, offensive, and inflammatory rhetoric directed at women and ethnic minorities, and particularly Mexicans, has now imploded altogether over his brash comments regarding how he treats women.
‘Grab them by (their genitals),’ Mr. Trump appears to say in a 2005 recording that surfaced recently. ‘When you are a star, they let you do it.’
Mr. Trump appeared to be unaware that his microphone was on as he spoke candidly about his treatment and regard for women. He was on bus alongside TV- and radio host Billy Bush, on his way to the Days of Our Lives set, where he was due to appear in a cameo.
The audio records Trump speaking about his attempt to seduce a married woman. It is unclear when the alleged seduction took place, but the conversation was recorded after Trump married his third wife, Melania.
Trump says “I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it,” talking about the married woman.
After the revelatory audio surfaced, Trump issued a very rare televised apology, in which he says that “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”
In his video apology, he continues “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am.”
The forced apology did very little for Trump, other than reaffirm his own hypocritical view of the world. It looked awkward, stilted, and artificial, and was delivered reluctantly and with as much honesty as a charlatan offering the elixir of life from the back of his one-horse cart.
Staunch, heavyweight Republicans swiftly moved to withdraw their support for the Trump camp. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who took over Trump’s role in The Apprentice, led the way. He publically announced that he “will not be voting for the Republican candidate.’
Former Republican canditate John McCain, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also announced that they would not support Trump’s candidature.
The ‘groper-in-chief’ himself strenuously emphasized that he will not quit the race after the incrimatory audio surfaced.
He is due to face off against Hillary Clinton in a second live debate later today, but the damage to his aspirations is clear, irreparable, and terminal.