The Donald Trump presidential campaign has been rocked after a tape of a lewd conversation from 11 years ago emerged that the Republican presidential nominee and first-time candidate described as locker-room talk. The around-the-clock media hysteria has also served to distract from the WikiLeaks release of thousands more hacked emails that are hardly favorable to Team Clinton.
Leaving aside the faux outrage from the journalistic and political establishment, it is reasonable that everyday people would find Trump’s remarks offensive (and there could be more tapes coming), but at the same time, the media is cheerleading for Trump’s rival, a woman who allegedly enabled her husband’s long-time sexual abuse of women.
Moreover, during and since the Bill Clinton impeachment, liberals insisted that if it was “just about sex,” it didn’t matter. Liberal New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd observed that “To me, feminism sort of died in that period because the feminists had to come along on Bill Clinton’s retrogressive behavior with women in order to protect the progressive policies for women that Bill Clinton had as president.”
The Allen West Republic succinctly points out that “Trump’s mistakes were mistakes…Hillary’s mistakes were crimes.”
On this theme, The Political Insider draws some fundamental distinctions between the behavior of Trump and Clinton.
Look, we all get it. What Trump has said in the past was vulgar, it was sexist, and it was demeaning. But it’s simply words made by a man who has never run for political office before. Words aren’t crimes. Trump has never left Americans to die in Benghazi. He hasn’t mishandled classified material by leaving it vulnerable to attack by foreign enemies. He never stole furniture from the White House. He’s never been involved in Travelgate, Chinagate, Filegate, Pardongate, or the Whitewater scandal. In short, his mistakes were just that – mistakes. Hillary’s missteps have been well documented, frequent, and criminal in nature.
Who would you rather see as President of the United States – a businessman who might make mistakes with his mouth on occasion, or a career politician whose main claim to fame is being an accomplished liar and dodging laws that would have landed the average American in jail?
Pro-Trump author Ed Klein, who is out with a new book about Clinton corruption, didn’t mince words in discussing the hypocrisy in play after the “Access Hollywood” bus scandal went public.
Did it make Donald Trump look kind of bad? Yes, of course it did. But the very people, including many, many Republicans, who got on their high horse, their self-righteous high horses about this, are the same guys who turn on pornography when they are traveling in Marriott hotels, and who often sleep with their secretaries on Capitol Hill, and do many more, worse things than Donald Trump has done in his life.