The Trump Tapes Did Not and Will Not Derail the Trump Train

I was paying more attention to the weather channel than other news over the weekend. It was not until Sunday morning that I received an e-mail asking for my take on the latest that Trump said.

My first thought was, “what did he tweet this time?” My google search revealed that there was a lot of activity about a tape from 2005 and the locker room language Trump used.

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Headlines referred to Republicans abandoning their support for Trump. Those “abandoning” only expressed their support for Trump after he was the last man standing atop the mountain of primary victories. Some were calling for Trump to be replaced by Pence. These Republicans have only confirmed again their hypocrisy and insipid character.

Governor Pence apparently had a conversation with Trump to let him know that this was a matter that Trump needed to address. I watched Trump’s apology and listened carefully to his words.

” I said it, I was wrong and I apologize. I have traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me…. I have gotten to know the great people of our country and I’ve been humbled by the faith they’ve placed in me. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down.”

You can read the full text of the apology at the end of this article.

After Trump’s performance at the debate last night, the commentators all had to acknowledge that the Trump Train was back on the track after 48 hours of  what they perceived as derailment and near total collapse.

I continue to be amazed at the apparent disconnect between these professional commentators and reality. The commentators sit in their little bubbles, incestuously reading and commenting on each other’s blogs and tweets, and remain blind to the truth in the real America.

In August of 2015, I wrote a commentary entitled “Pretentious Predictions of Pompous Pundits” Take a moment to read that article.

The purpose of the release of that tape at this time was to dampen the women’s vote. Yes, that is what I said – dampen the women vote. Pundits may be fools but Hillary is no fool. She can see her house made of cards falling apart.

She does not have nor has she ever had a tidal wave of women voters who stood with her. There is a sizable block of women voters who oppose Hillary because the platform she represents assaults their deepest convictions. They are voting for the values of the Republican Platform and Donald Trump is the nominee who represents that platform.

Hillary’s hope was that this release, and we can expect others, will generate anger among women. Her hope was that the spark of these tapes would generate such a wildfire of anger and emotion among those who might vote for Donald Trump that they will just skip that election.

I believe that it will have the opposite effect. The anger about the tapes will be focused more on Hillary for bringing up decade old words between two men in a private conversation.

The tapes will also remind us of the hypocrisy of Bill Clinton’s behavior and Hillary, along with the Democrats staunchly defending Clinton. Listen to conversations of average people. No one defends the words of Trump. After the first few words, the conversation turns to Hillary – and it is not to praise her great work.

The Trump Tapes did not derail the Trump Train. He shoveled the tapes into the firebox and the Trump Train picked up speed.


Below is the full text of Trump’s Apology as found in  the on-line edition of USA TODAY 2:34 a.m. EDT October 8, 2016

“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. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.

I have traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me. I’ve spent time with grieving mothers who’ve lost their children, laid-off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who just want a better future. I have gotten to know the great people of our country and I’ve been humbled by the faith they’ve placed in me. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down.

Let’s be honest, we’re living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we’re facing today.

We are losing our jobs, we are less safe than we were eight years ago and Washington is totally broken. Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground. I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women, and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.”


 

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