President Trump responded to the rape allegations made by writer E. Jean Carroll yesterday, saying this:
“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?”
His reply was absurd. It’s already been established that Trump and Carroll met each other. But his comment begs the question, “What is the type you would rape, Donald?”
The heat is increasing on this story, but it won’t amount to much among Trump’s supporters and GOP politicians. It’s important to point out that these allegations from Carroll don’t amount to revelation, but rather confirmation. In other words, they don’t reveal anything new about Trump’s character, they simply confirm who we already know Trump is. His supporters already know that he is a sleazy, lying, womanizing, adulterous, pussy-grabbing sexual predator. And they don’t care. They’ve sold their principles for two supreme court justices and a steady stream of grievance and sadism. The Trump brand is cruelty, and that’s what he gives his supporters.
Exhibit A for this cruelty claim are the children detained at the border. Many of them were moved yesterday from the filthy, overcrowded concentration camp in Clint, Texas, after intense pressure from politicians and activists over the weekend. It’s a positive development but there remains a child separation policy that will continue to destroy lives while thrilling malignant white nationalists who want to bar anyone of color from entrance into the United States.
Meanwhile, the Democratic debates start tomorrow, taking place on consecutive nights with ten candidates appearing each night. It remains to be seen if any of the lesser known candidates will be able to get meaningful exposure and attention. But it’s a start.
An interesting op-ed was published in the New York Times yesterday by history professor Michael Kazin advocating for Democratic primary contenders to advocate what he calls “Moral Captialism,” which is not much different than the “Neo-Capitalism” and “Social Democracy” that I’ve advocated before in this blog. It’s worth a read:
Moral Capitalism has worked in the United States in the past. It requires a strong, robust government that operates as check on corporate power, not as a rubber stamp nor an enabler. It constantly pushes corporate power to serve the greater public good rather than greed and ever-concentrating wealth.
Keep resisting and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”