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Make America Grope Again.

Donald Trump has insulted a lot of people since he announced that he was running for president last year. So many, in fact, that the NYT maintains a list of people, places and things Donald Trump has insulted. So far, they’ve identified 273, and that’s only limited to his Twitter antics1.

Mexicans, journalists, politicians, and even entire nations are just a few things you’ll find on Trump’s ever growing shit list. He also repeatedly talks about women in less than favorable ways, and Megyn Kelly in particular, has found herself on the receiving end of the GOP’s presidential nominee’s disrespect.

But Trump’s non-stop insults haven’t hurt his campaign. Oddly enough, the opposite is the case. I’m not a political analyst, but my best guess is that he gains votes from people who like that he doesn’t behave like your run-of-the-mill politician. In fact, he’s even stated that he is not a politician. And the people who vote for Trump absolutely love this because they are tired of ordinary politicians. He also gives the impression that he doesn’t care what people think of him, and that’s another thing that give the guy votes from the same crowd.

It seems like no matter what Trump says or does, his followers continue to applaud him. At least that was the case up until yesterday, when The Washington Post released a video where Donald says some rather unfortunate things about women.

Tic Tacs

In the 2005 video, Donald Trump is recorded while having a conversation with Billy Bush2. He tells Bush about a less-than-successful attempt to seduce a woman. Or, as he puts it himself; “I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her. She was married.”

Trump goes on to turn his attention towards Arianne Zucker, who is also present. This triggers the absolute highlight of the conversation:

“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” — Donald Trump, 2016 Republic presidential nominee, on women.

The statements made in the video has, unsurprisingly, raised some concerns about Trump’s candidacy. Not only has he pissed off a sizeable part of America’s female population, he’s also received a lot of flak from people you’d normally find cheering in the Trump camp. Republican senator Kelly Ayotte called Donald “totally inappropriate and offensive.” Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus, stated that “no woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.” Jon Huntsman went as far as to ask Trump to drop out of the race and leave the rest of the campaign to his running mate, Mike Pence.

Even the Republican vice presidential candidate himself released a statement today: “As a husband and a father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump […]. I Do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them.”

Will this Matter?

Again, I’m not an analyst, so I have no idea what I’m talking about. But Trump has time and time again delivered insults across the board without it having considerable negative impact on his campaign. I wouldn’t be too surprised if this gives him a dent, but that it eventually blows over. In a week, this is mostly forgotten, and then he’s still got three weeks left until the election.

He is, after all, not a politician. For that reason, many people don’t seem to think he is accountable for his actions, claims, and statements. The only ting that mattes is to get those jobs back from China!

Footnotes

  1. I’m not sure if I’d call everything in the list insults, but it does get a point across.
  2. Wouldn’t it be the ultimate irony if a Bush brought down Trump’s candidacy?

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