There is no defense. The danger of any comment on the video of Donald Trump’s lewd comments is that it will appear to defend him. What he said was gross. Full stop.
This post, however, is not directly about Trump the man or about what political action is called for from the GOP at the moment. It’s more me unburdening myself of a resentment. Forgive me if what follows sounds a bit self-righteous. It’s not my intent to scold, but to build to a different point.
I hate Donald Trump’s and Billy Bush’s conversation; it sickens me. But I’m equally sickened by everyone’s on-demand horror. When I was in high school, a large percentage of my friends, particularly my guy friends, listened to Howard Stern’s radio show every morning. I never listened, but I caught the gist in their joking comments, and later in life I caught a few moments of his cable TV show. I gather that abusive talk about women was the whole point of the show. Stern talked that way about women to their faces—evaluating their body parts and telling them what he’d like to do to them, and they submitted (the right word!) for publicity’s sake. When male guests visited, they joined Stern for, yes, “locker room” bragging about their sexual exploits. That was the show, and it was celebrated—enough for Stern to go from radio to cable TV to a movie about his life.
Rap lyrics celebrate the assault of women all day long, and our pop stars twerk for the precise purpose of attracting lewd attention, and some of these artists are fêted at the White House and elsewhere as role models for young people. My friends—even some of my pious Christian friends—watch and celebrate Game of Thrones, which if I understand correctly, features graphic depictions of the demeaning of women and everyone else.
Bill Maher, hero to the Left (and likewise to some on the Right for his straight talk about Islam), has a foul mouth and celebrates his hanging out at the Playboy Mansion, where people are known to behave in the way Trump describes, and that is perfectly cool. Even Ann Coulter wants to be friends with him.
President Kennedy joked about his presidency being like a golf course; I will spare you the foul punch line if you don’t already know it. Senator Ted Kennedy was caught in flagrante delicto drunk and palming waitresses. Bill Clinton is a known sexual predator. Joe Biden has often been shown on camera being far too handsy with pretty women.
The progressive culture advocates teaching kids to talk in vulgar ways about their sexuality from the time of kindergarten so they’ll be sex-positive. This administration has launched an all-out legal assault on chastity such that any instance of pure living must be wiped out—yea, verily, even unto the Little Sisters of the Poor: You, who are consecrated to being a sign in the world of the glory for which men and women were created and are destined? You will bend to the sexual revolution and finance it.
The Washington Post, on the very morning when it was tut-tutting over Trump’s words, also ran a piece lamenting the demise of a brothel, where women are treated as objects and assaulted and demeaned.
I hate this gross culture that demeans women and sex. It makes me feel sick to my stomach when I think about young men steeped in this sick culture going anywhere near my daughter, who is the most beautiful soul on earth—or anyone else’s daughter. For that matter, I hate the idea of my sons being surrounded by people who can’t behold them as persons, but only dissect them for parts.
But I hate even more the even grosser culture of The Lie where someone like Hillary Clinton or people like the editorialists at the Washington Post and the Formerly Grey Lady get to point their fingers and pretend they didn’t create and celebrate the culture in which Trump merely partakes.
These people who celebrate porn and abortion and make heroic figures out of small-souled, sex-deluded creatures such as Bill Maher and Lena Dunham and Sandra Fluke and lionize sick predator men like the Kennedys and Bill Clinton are not merely being hypocrites or playing politics when they denounce Trump. They are deliberately engaging in The Lie: the corruption of meaning itself. They aren’t outraged because they’re decent. They’re using our decency as a pawn in their quest for political power.
I don’t even have an expletive strong enough to express my contempt for what we’re witnessing this news cycle. All I know is I deeply resent being put in a position where denouncing the grossness of Trump’s remarks becomes playing into a larger Lie and everyone’s rightful disgust becomes a mere political tool.
This is the problem of the corruption of culture, as Harriet Beecher Stowe illustrated brilliantly in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. There, the good guys who defend human dignity are forced by the culture itself to become outlaws—to lie to hide runaway slaves, or break the law to participate in the Underground Railroad. They are forced to defend what they ordinarily would find indefensible in order to defend the greater goods of human liberty, human dignity, and equality before the law. In a corrupt culture, no matter what you do, no one escapes with his purity intact.
The very people who applaud it and celebrated JFK, who had women trooped into the White House in droves. Bill Clinton, you go through the list of Democrats and entertainers who have made their names on the basis of infidelity and catting around and being celebrated and protected and lauded and held up as great people. “Hey, that’s sex, it’s not their job. Hey, that’s just private life; it doesn’t matter to their leadership.”
There are serious issues facing this country. We are at a crossroads where many people think that the wrong decision by the people in November will doom this country to a generation of further decline, and it needs to be stopped. And this kind of way to derail a campaign or to win an election I just think, I hope, that it has people fit to be tied, and I hope there is going to be a giant backlash over it, because, ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to tell you that it does not matter who the Republican Party nominates, this is what’s gonna happen.
If they can turn Mitt Romney into a living, breathing devil, they can do it to anybody. Mitt Romney is, as I have said countless times before, one of the finest human beings, one of the finest men you will find alive today in terms of character, demeanor, manner, you name it. And what were they able to do to him? They were able to portray him as a guy who killed his dog by putting it on the roof of the station wagon; as a guy who didn’t pay his taxes for ten years; as a guy who did not care that the wives of employees of his were dying because Romney didn’t care enough about health care to give these people health care and they died of cancer.
If they were able to demonize Mitt Romney, and they demonized George W. Bush, they’ll be able to demonize anybody. If this is the kind of way they go to win elections, they’re never going to stop winning elections, if this is all it takes. And I think a number of people have become outraged by this. And I don’t think there are very many, if at all, defections from Trump among his core supporters.
Now, we know he needs more than that. And I’m not making any predictions here as to what’s happening, but you go to this debate last night, I’m telling you that the fact that after the first 20 minutes Trump was able to sweep this aside despite every — that debate last night was about destroying Donald Trump’s life. That debate and this whole episode was about destroying Donald Trump’s future, his career, his business, his life. That debate and this whole release of that tape — and I’m not excusing what’s on it, but he’s not the only person to ever speak this way. He’s not the only person to ever seek office.
He may have said these things, but the Democrats have nominated and elected and celebrated people who do these things. And where is the outrage over it? You know, I find it ironic that the Democrat Party wants to throw down the morality card. The Democrat Party, which is responsible for the dissolution of morality in this country. The Democrat Party which is for all these progressive new attitudes in our culture, and now all of a sudden acting like a bunch of prudes, acting like, “Oh, my God, I have never been this outraged. Oh, this is just beyond the pale.” These are the architects of this kind of stuff. If Trump were a Democrat, they’d be covering it up and privately inviting him to parties and yukking it up.
But the reason this happened — and it’s gonna happen again — they can’t afford. Folks, this is what it looks like. I kept telling people over the weekend when people were asking my opinion on it, I said, “This is what it looks like when you take on the establishment. This is exactly what it looks like.” It isn’t gonna be pretty. It isn’t gonna be clean. It isn’t gonna be pristine. The establishment, with everything they are invested in the establishment, remaining the establishment and in power, they are just not gonna sit back and trust this to your votes. They’re not gonna trust this to an election, to a campaign. Not gonna trust it at all. They’re gonna do everything they can to destroy whoever it is that wants to take control from them.
And, in the process, they’re gonna destroy that person so as to send a message to the next guy, “Don’t even think about it. Don’t even try. Look what we did to Donald Trump.” “Look what we did to whoever,” is the message. When this whole thing began — when it became clear that what this was, was going to be an effort to unseat the elites, the establishment, whatever you want to call ’em — you have to have a sober understanding of who they are and what it means to them. And they’re not just going to throw it open to what they think is a fair election.
They can’t control a fair election! I think that, given the circumstances in which this campaign is taking place and the various stages of challenges facing this country, this kind of throwdown, this kind of October Surprise… I have a feeling. I’m sure it depressed a number of you. “Oh, no, no. There we go again.” After that, I am confident a whole slew of you got livid and angry and fed up that this is what always happens, and none of this has anything to do with the issues on which you have chosen to support Trump — or not, depending.
And the people who have signed up for Trump, I can tell you, are livid that this is the kind of thing that always seems to end up determining the outcome of an election, and these are the kind of things that are never thrown down against Democrats. The Democrats get away with all of this hypocrisy, the left gets away with all of this hypocrisy. I was thinking over the weekend — I was asking and I was thinking at the same time — what are the odds that there’s a potential backlash brewing over this kind of thing?
Because you can make book that this is the kind of thing that’s gonna happen. They’re gonna lie. They’re gonna destroy. The left, the media, the state is going to destroy — however they can — anybody, every four years, on the Republican ballot, who claims to be seeking to unseat the state, Democrats and media complex. And like I say, folks, it’s not insignificant. They did the same thing to Mitt Romney. In that case, they made it all up. But it stuck, didn’t it? And they did it, didn’t they?