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Let’s not forget The Wall.

This was where the Donald Trump campaign all began: A wall, an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” along the nearly 2,000-mile border between the United States and Mexico. Not a metaphorical wall. A real physical wall intended to keep outsiders, out.

He has repeated this in rally after rally, one end of the country to the other. If he doesn’t get to it quickly enough, the audience calls out “the wall!” and Trump usually obliges. It’s one of his greatest hits.

Besides serving as a general symbol of so much wrong about so much of what Trump has said, the wall as a talking point is also this: profoundly false.

It is not practical. It would cost tens of billions of dollars (which, contrary to what Trump says, never would come from Mexico) from United States taxpayers. It would take years to build, and if built would immediately become the target of vandalism and general destruction. It need be, people would tunnel under rather than jump over. Either way, it would not stop them.

Just as significant, it would be terrible symbolism: No longer a country welcoming newcomers with the Statue of Liberty, now we’re walled off.

It sounded ridiculous then, it sounds ridiculous now. And still at the rallies they call, “The wall, the wall . . .” – rs

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A couple weeks back this column critiqued a “double truck” ad in the Coeur d’Alene Press written and paid for by a prominent local real estate executive, Chris Walsh, who owns Revolutionary Realty.

His firm caters in part to the “preppers,” those who seek out somewhat isolated property in northern Idaho where they build their homes, stockpile food and weapons and wait for Armageddon.

Walsh fired back and we each took another shot at the other, stereotyping the other, getting snarkier while getting close to the line, if not outright crossing it, of engaging in personal attack. I’ve long had a policy of not responding to comments on or attacks at my political musings, but also try not to engage in any sort of personal attack.

Something about Walsh’s passion as well as his still seeing Republican nominee Donald Trump as the only agent of needed change captured my attention.

So I sent him an e-mail suggesting we cease shooting and instead sit down over breakfast and listen to each other. I also apologized for the stereotyping as well as my snarky overtone. Walsh graciously accepted both the apology and the offer of breaking bread together.

We met for breakfast at the Elmer’s just off I-90 and Highway 95. We began by focusing on what we agreed upon. There was a surprising amount:

  • We felt both political parties have been captured by their large contributors, have lost touch with their base and reflect the special interests, not the public interest.
  • Both party caucuses in both houses of Congress are equally responsible for the gridlock that holds the nation’s capital in its thrall.
  • Too many federal agencies are filled with too many folks who see preserving their jobs as their prime purpose, instead of providing the public with efficient, effective service.
  • A systemic issue in the bureaucrats’ desire to preserve their jobs necessitates the writing of more and more regulations for them to interpret and administer.
  • The best vehicle for really changing the D.C. culture would be the imposition of term limits on both our elected representatives and those in the civil service.
  • Critical issues facing America and whomever becomes president are not being addressed, such as the looming bankruptcy of many of the nation’s pension funds, which all will look to our empty Treasury expecting a federal bailout which Congress will not be able to do.
  • The Simpson/Bowles Commission on Restoring Fiscal Accountability to the nation’s finances by starting down a path of reducing spending and paying down debt is an unfortuate lost opportunity.
  • Resource conversion is what brings new dollars into the economy, whether trees into 2 x 4’s, wheat into bread, minerals into metals and computers; and, while it is important to undertake more of these activities, it has to be done in an environmentally responsible way.
  • An educated workforce is critical to the betterment of any state and Idaho has to do more in the arena of support for public education.
  • The shrinking middle class does indeed subsidize the top tenth of 1% many of whom take full advantage of the numerous loopholes in the ungainly, overly complicated U.S. Tax Code, which has to be simplified.
  • Health care costs more than ever while covering less than ever.

Where we still disagreed is Walsh’s belief that because Trump is the only outsider left in the race, and the public knows change is needed, therefore he is the one a citizen should vote for.

Even if elected (which seems more and more unlikely given the release of another embarrassing tape), Trump has alienated so many of the constituencies one has to work with in order to get things done he will be utterly impotent and unable to produce anything he has promised.

With all due respect, I told Walsh my conclusion was the Donald was not the man to lead us out of the wilderness and the slough of despair. We parted friends, both the better for having sat down and listened to each other with full respect to our free speech rights. We agreed to meet again.

I presented Walsh with a copy of my three books and I accepted his offer of a flying tour of north Idaho in his vintage Beech Bonanza. I divined that he well understood the old caution to flier’s: “There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots. There are no old, bold pilots.”

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Donald Trump roared into Atlantic City with an impressive head of steam, determined to become a dominant figure in the city’s new casino economy. He started big activity in the early 80s. Within a decade, in 1991, most of that activity had crashed, and Trump filed for bankruptcy four times in connection with them.

A fifth bankruptcy, in 2009, by the business led to a restructuring. The crowl jewel of Trump’s developments, the Taj Mahal casino, did continue on. But last week it too fell, filing for bankruptcy, idling 3,000 workers.

“There’s no reason for this,” Trump said in an interview.

Well of course there is. But it does raise the counterintuititve question: How do you lose so much money running a casino? Doesn’t the house always win?

Apparently not if it’s a house Donald built. – rs

BONUS Three reasons Donald Trump conclusively should not become president, packed into a single sentence on the Politico site: “On Wednesday, Donald Trump said Paul Ryan made a “sinister deal” to undermine him, charged that the Islamic State would conquer the United States if Hillary Clinton defeats him and vowed to jail Clinton’s lawyers along with their client.”

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Facebook is a handy tool, but this apparent expression of favouritism towards a particular candidate or political party has put them over the line. I am going to give myself a few days to decide whether or not to close my account. I am leaning towards bagging it. Yes, FB will no doubt have unrestricted access to my Permanent Record, but at least Billary won’t be reading my posts anymore.

My closest friends have my email address; others can PM me theirs while my account is still active, and I will add them to my email address book and return the favour. We can stay in touch that way.

The media are in a titanic struggle to remain in control of the American mind. They are sacrificing everything – credulity, credibility, honesty, decency, dispassionate discourse, competence – to cling to a power they have enjoyed since FDR’s times.

It appears the social media is following suit.

Mainstream media can’t even compound interest rates. Ask a reporter what the Rule of 78s is.

They don’t understand our tax laws, the laws of physics, the multiplication and/or division of percentages, or even basic arithmetic.

Ever since Woodward and Bernstein they have enjoyed a celebrity status no more deserving than that of a Kardashian or Paris Hilton. The aspiring journalist cloyingly seeks this celebrity.

The bare-knuckled street-fighter who lives in a cold-water walk-up has replaced by a pampered, overpaid and sucked-up-to flock of unshaven sheep oblivious to the price of milk and hamburger.

Journalism and profession do not belong in the same sentence. Professionals are certain scientists, MD’s, or even tugboat skippers. There are no entry credentials to become a journalist – save for looks and a lust for power.

(An old drinking buddy from the Seattle Times used to rant, “‘Journalist’ is just another word for an unemployed reporter!”)

All this celebrity and grandiosity will be lost to them in the unlikely event that Billary loses her presidential bid, and they are fighting like rabid cobras to keep that from happening.

Sorry FB had to join in the fray. But at least, and for a little while longer, in America I can vote with my feet.

Selah.

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Donald Trump has little use for democracy. He wants to be president, but he would much rather get there in some far less messy way than being chosen by his fellow Americans. He would rather democracy be constrained, or just go away altogether.

We know this mainly from many of the people he associates with and the attitudes they hold. But that’s not all: He’s also doing everything he can to argue that the coming general election, which he increasingly seems likely to lose, is “rigged.” In other words, it can’t be trusted, it isn’t valid.

He’s been at this for a while. On August 1 speaking in Ohio, he said, “I’m afraid the election’s going to be rigged. I have to be honest.” Soon after, on Fox’s Hannity show, he said, “I’ve been hearing about it for a long time. And I know last time, there were – you had precincts where there was practically nobody voting for the Republican. And I think that’s wrong. I think that was unfair, frankly” . . . I’m telling you, November 8, we’d better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged.”

He repeated this enough that On August 12, the New Yorker reported:

Suggesting an election is going to be stolen, this is Third World dictatorship stuff,” CNN’s Brian Stelter said. “The problem for Trump is that his supporters believe what he says,” Vox’s Dara Lind wrote. “If he says a Trump loss means the election has been stolen, there are millions of people prepared to believe it.” Just as there are many people who are willing to believe—or to internalize and accept, anyway—that Obama created ISIS, even though it was founded four years before he came to office. … Healthy democracies don’t decay overnight. They gradually rot from within, with termites like Trump undermining their foundations.

As recently as October 11 he said in Pennsylvania, “I hear these horror shows, and we have to make sure that this election is not stolen from us and is not taken away from us.”

The effects of all this already are starting to set in. On the same day Trump made that statement, his running mate Mike Pence heard this from a woman in the audience: “I don’t want this to happen but I will tell you personally if Hillary Clinton gets in, I myself, I’m ready for a revolution because we can’t have her in.” (Pence asked her not to say that, after she’d said it.)

This is how you take down democracy, one piece at a time, by tearing apart our faith in our systems and each other – systems and a people who have worked pretty well together for a quarter of a millennium. But it can happen, and Donald Trump is doing his best to turn the United States into a national run by someone other than its people. – rs

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Since Oregon became a State three Secretaries of State have ascended to Governor when the sitting Governor resigned (1877, 1909 and 2015).

We may be looking at another ascension of the Secretary of State to Governor if Hillary Clinton is elected President.

There’s been speculation in Salem that a President Clinton could tap Governor Kate Brown for a position in her administration. Brown seems a natural fit. She was an early supporter of Hillary. While most Democratic voters were favoring Sanders she came out as a Clinton super delegate.

Like Hillary Clinton, she is wonkish and policy driven. And like Bill Clinton she is one of the most affable and likable pols you will meet. You’ll find few Republicans who actually dislike the Governor. Both Hillary and Bill Clinton will appreciate this balance.

Her trajectory and ambition are similar to Hillary’s. From a USA today profile published the week after she became Governor, former Oregonian cartoonist and grade school classmate Jack Ohman described Brown:

She made friends easily, was an athlete in high school, made good grades and ran for student council, he (Ohman) said.

They met in seventh-grade math class, back when she sported a ‘Nixon Now’ button ….Brown was a smart, middle-class kid from a small town outside Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

Not exactly an ambitious middle class Illinois Goldwater girl, but close. She is an ideal candidate for a high ranking Clinton administration official.

The latest iCitizen poll showed Democrat Brad Avakian with 29%, Republican Dennis Richardson with 26% and 36% undecided. Should Richardson win, Brown may have to decide between a job in Washington DC with the administration of the first woman President, or staying in Oregon to assure Democratic dominance.

The Secretary of State candidates recognize this. They are already running as if they may be governor. A quote from Avakian as reported by the Bend Bulletin: “When folks evaluate who should be their next secretary of state, you should think in terms of that in case it were to happen,” Avakian said of the prospect. “Where do the candidates stand on other positions that you would like to see or not like to see as governor?”

Her decision on whether to accept a DC position could be influenced by the fate of Measure 97, the large tax increase on the November ballot.

Should M97 pass, then Legislative Democrats are going to be calling most of the financial shots in any event regardless of who the Governor is. Brown may feel Oregon Democratic priorities are safe.

However, should M97 fail, then a Republican Governor Richardson would veto any revenue increase or tax reforms that don’t include Republican priorities on issues such as PERS reforms.

Supporters of M97 need to prepare for potential downsides and mitigation should the measure lose. As of today, Avakian has $478,000 in his campaign chest while Richardson has $602,000. A pretty even money race.

What this means is that an ambitious and talented Governor Browns and the powerful backers of M97 (Public employee unions) have an intense interest in the outcome of the Secretary of State race.

While Richardson may have a money edge in his official campaign account, should the Secretary of State race remain tight and the Governors race against Dr. Pierce to remain safely Browns (she currently leads by 12 percentage points), voters can expect to be inundated with negative “independent expenditure” negative ads aimed at Richardson.

Because is the Secretary of State race isn’t just about Richardson v. Avakian. There’s much more at stake for our Governor and the public employee unions who fund the Democratic Party.

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This is not the first time I’ve touched on the threat/promise by Donald Trump to, should he win the presidency, throw Hillary Clinton into prison. (See Trump 37, “Lock her up.”) There, I pointed out the danger of getting into the practice of prosecuting and imprisoning one’s political adversaries – this being something that tyrannies, not solid democracies, do. But this topic, revisited so forcefully in Sunday’s town hall presidential debate, carries with it a second concern maybe even more frightening than the first.

At the debate, Trump said, “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. Because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it. And we’re gonna have a special prosecutor.” Later, Trump said Clinton would have good reason to fear a Trump presidency “because you’d be in jail.”

Trump’s campaign manager tried on Monday to call the jail comment “a quip”. Sorry – these guys have long since run through their quota of trying to excuse dangerous and apalling comments by saying, “can’t you take a joke?” Its nothing more than the stupid defense of a caught-out schoolyard bully.

Not only that, but about the same time Monday Trump running mate Mike Pence called that “one of the better moments” of the debate.

Besides that , as Politico reported: “When Trump spoke Monday in Pennsylvania, he clearly reiterated the special prosecutor pledge, but did not explicitly call for Clinton to be jailed. However, he did look on approvingly, smiling and pointing as his speech was interrupted with the chants about putting the Democratic nominee behind bars.”

Most specifically, Trump was calling on prosecuting and imprisoning – convicted and sentenced without so much as a review of whatever evidence there may be – his political opponent for some unspecified offense (does it matter what it is? Apparently not). In other words, to hell with due process, and the 5th and 14th amendments to the Constitution.

In other words, throw the Constitution out the window: Trump has anointed himself judge, jury and executioner.

As of now, he’s mentioned only Hillary Clinton as a target. But can you imagine it would stop there? Anyone who got in Trump’s way, if he was able to get away with it (i.e., hire enough subservient underlings to do whatever garbage he wanted done), would be at imminent risk of arrest and punishment, which might range to . . . oh, hell, since Trump is already on record supporting torture “and much worse,” there’s really no limit to what he might do to you.

If you think that’s hyperbolic, listen to some people – quoted in an article of Politico – not prone to great exaggeration: federal attorneys.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder warned, “he is promising to abuse the power of the office.”

Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor with experince in the George W. Bush White House (now at a private law firm), said “A special prosecutor is supposed to investigate and isn’t appointed to put people in jail. You’re kind of skipping over an important step there. Can you imagine being the defendant prosecuted after being told the prosecutor was someone who was appointed to put you in jail, that had already foreordained that result? … It’s absurd and, if it were serious, it would be absolutely terrifying because it suggests there’s no due process.”

Politico noted, “Prosecutors said it would be a violation of legal ethics for an attorney general to accept such a direction, although they said it was less clear whether it would be outright illegal.
‘It would be, at the very least, unethical, and it may be a violation of law,’ Paul Charlton, who spent a decade as a federal prosecutor before serving as U.S. attorney for Arizona under President George W. Bush said. He also said anyone prosecuted in such a situation would have a strong argument that his or her constitutional rights to due process had been violated.”

The rule of law, as imperfect as it may be, would be replaced by the rule of Trump. God help us all. – rs

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That’s a new word up there. “Permeator.” I made it up. The root for it is, of course, “permeate” which means something that “spreads throughout” – something that “becomes part of everything it touches.” Like sand in your car after the kids played on the beach. Like the foul odor when your dog has tangled with a skunk.

“Permeator.”

Since I made it up, there has to be a definition – which is Donald Trump. “Permeator.” Over the last 18 months or so, the bastard has “permeated” just about every part of our culture. You can’t get away from him, his opinions, lack of morality, false claims and outright lies. They permeate every part of our society.

Most political wonks – present company included – have grown sick of the name and the person attached to it. But, you can’t escape him. Oh, there are a few political types who run the other way – toward him – but not many. One such not running away is Ridenbaugh Press Prop. Randy Stapilus who undertook writing 100 days of very articulate columns of 100 reasons why no one should vote for Trump. Randy’s written about 70 so far and still going. How he’s keeping his food down we haven’t discussed.

Trump, with his obvious divisiveness, has truly permeated our entire society. Only three other politicos who came about as close to that to my mind: FDR, former Louisiana Gov. Huey Long and Barry Goldwater – God rest his angry soul. If the fawning, ratings-hungry national media we have now had existed in the ‘30’s to the ‘60’s, they likely would have matched Trump’s permeating everything. But they didn’t. So we’re stuck with today’s left-overs.

In this latest mess – the sexual assault tape – he’s managed to singlehandedly bring the media down to his slime ball level. For many a year, when someone in the “news” business had to use a four-letter word normally reserved for NFL locker rooms, media cretins used one or two letters and some blanks – but at a level primitive enough anyone could quickly figure it out. They weren’t “actually” printing or saying something rude or obscene – just using “word association.”

But Trump has changed that. Now, his latest obscenity is printed/spoken without the substitution of blank spaces. Word for sleazy word. Front page of major newspapers, across the screen on your TV – even in the family hours – and unfiltered on what’s left of radio “news.” He’s crudely lowered the bar – again – and the willing media has followed right along.

Trump has wrought changes in family relationships, caused business partners to break up, lowered the standard for what .is acceptable language, befouled the electronic “pages” of what’s laughingly referred to as “social” media. He, alone, has turned off millions of Americans on politics, increased more violent “acting out” in our nation’s public classrooms, driven coverage of our three wars out of the media spotlight, introduced dozens of worthless insults to our standard of public decency, gone through the bottom of the barrel to find new lows in political discourse.

He’s falsely attacked the honor of otherwise very respectable public figures, lied continuously about every political/private issue he touches, turned our national media into a pack of sycophants bowing and scraping before his every appearance. He’s spoken in blatantly racist terms, insulted a world religion, shown himself to hold women in contempt, broken hundreds of contracts with people he’s done business with, committed personal infidelities in multiple marriages, proven his word is not his bond and has shown repeatedly in speech and deed that he can’t be trusted.

Whew!

To me, all that – and likely more I’ve overlooked – is proof of just how far this worthless piece of humanity has PERMEATED our entire society. To millions, he’s made acceptable the things we’ve spent years telling our children not to do or believe in. He’s created a following blind to how our country has operated for centuries, become a false prophet to the unknowing, tied together a ragtag lot of misfits looking for something for nothing, offered false hope of quick and easy solutions to intractable problems and made promises no intelligent person could believe.

There is no joy in reciting all this. None. We’re a deeply troubled nation in search of badly needed answers to both our national ills and our anger with one another. We’re on a troubled path to an uncertain future very much different than our past. The need – the absolute need – for wise and proven leadership has not been greater since the Civil War. Then, we had someone with foresight and the absolute power to unite. We need that miraculous mix again.

What we’re left with now is The Permeator. Even when he’s defeated – and he will be – his treacherous presence will still be felt. He, and his cancerous effect on nearly all parts of our society, will last long after our national election. What he’ll leave us with is a need for a national cleansing.

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Does Donald Trump think that the job he’s running for is mob boss?

You might think so.

He’s had lots of interaction with mob figures over the years. To some extent this is unavoidable given the work he has done, which has involved building construction in New York City. If you do that on a substantial scale for very long, you’ll mostly certainly have some interactions with the mob. So the fact of some connections isn’t legitimately an enormous deal.

But the relationships seem to be more than fleeting. “There have been multiple media reports about Donald’s business dealings with the mob, with the mafia,” former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said on February 28. “Maybe his taxes show those business dealings are a lot more extensive than has been reported.”

Politifact added that “It’s important to note that Trump hasn’t been charged with any illegal activity, and it’s reasonable to argue that he was unaware or even a victim in some cases. But Cruz has a point that the mogul has been linked to the mob for decades.”

David Cay Johnson, the great financial investigative reporter who has been looking into Trump and money for many years, concluded there were serious issues. As Politico reported about his findings, “In his signature book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump boasted that when he wanted to build a casino in Atlantic City, he persuaded the state attorney general to limit the investigation of his background to six months. Most potential owners were scrutinized for more than a year. Trump argued that he was “clean as a whistle”—young enough that he hadn’t had time to get into any sort of trouble. He got the sped-up background check, and eventually got the casino license. But Trump was not clean as a whistle. Beginning three years earlier, he’d hired mobbed-up firms to erect Trump Tower and his Trump Plaza apartment building in Manhattan, including buying ostensibly overpriced concrete from a company controlled by mafia chieftains Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and Paul Castellano. That story eventually came out in a federal investigation, which also concluded that in a construction industry saturated with mob influence, the Trump Plaza apartment building most likely benefited from connections to racketeering. Trump also failed to disclose that he was under investigation by a grand jury directed by the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, who wanted to learn how Trump obtained an option to buy the Penn Central railroad yards on the West Side of Manhattan. . . . No other candidate for the White House this year has anything close to Trump’s record of repeated social and business dealings with mobsters, swindlers, and other crooks.”

But all this isn’t the key point.

It’s that Trump seems to have looked over at mob bosses and extrapolated that this is how a president could and should effectively do his job. Commentators in Europe speculated that he was really running for mob boss of the United States, based on his demeanor and even patterns of talking, and approach to many issues. His unilateralism – a stunning lack of recognition of the relative roles of the Congress and Supreme Court and states and other participants in our government, is right in line.

He’s running for mob boss. Problem is, we don’t need one. – rs

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So, I’ve been mulling over this latest Trump debacle – and of course the question that keeps coming up is: Why, after all that he’s said and done – and especially his history of denigrating comments about women – is this particular bit of slime creating so much furor among Republicans?

In the past months we’ve been subjected to multiple Trumpisms, any of which coming from a normal person would have caused even the most craven of of his own party to speak out, and would have likely effectively ended the campaign. But not so with this sack of garbage. The Republicans have continued to suck it up, make excuses and let his comments slide.

But this time, for some reason, Trump’s comments have not only created a firestorm within the party, you have Republicans announcing they will not vote for him, disinviting him to campaign events, calling for him to step down from the election, and actually saying his comments were beyond acceptable; “disgusting, vile, sickening” are a few of the adjectives used.

Which brings me back to my original question: Why this time? It’s certainly not his first foray into “deplorable” territory – his comments are well-documented, I’m not going to attempt to repeat them all here. But through it all the Republican organization has stood by him…so why is this finally the straw that broke the camel’s back?

My theory? & yes – I know this is not going to sit well with some, and I’m usually the last person to cry misogyny or racism … but, here it is:

In ALL of his prior repulsive comments, Trump has always targeted: non-whites, “foreigners,” Democrats that Republicans already hate (ie: Hillary Clinton), women that don’t meet the GOP standards of attractive (Rosie O’Donnell; even Carly Fiorina), and individuals or groups that basically have some weakness already – even Heidi Cruz, whose main issue is that she is married to Ted Cruz who nobody (Republican or Democrat) seems to like.

In classic “Bullying 101” fashion he’s always attacked someone who is already weak, and already viewed with disdain by the Republican bullies as being out of the mainstream.

But lo and behold! What people heard on that Access Hollywood video was Trump attacking THEM! He was denigrating “beautiful” white women! Women that Republicans see as respectable, successful, and attractive, and most importantly – part of their “tribe.”

Women who could actually be Mitch McConnell’s or Jeb Bush’s daughters. Trump just jumped the fence and came into their yards!

All of a sudden his comments got personal. And notice the way they’ve responded? Not with outrage that he’s once again shown his lack of respect for any human who’s not him, but that he’s talking about women who could be “their” women … their property. “MY daughters, MY sisters.”

“I have a wife. I have a daughter. I have a mother, and I have five sisters all of whom I love dearly,” [Sen. Mike] Lee said. “It’s occurred to me on countless occasions today that if anyone spoke to my wife, my daughter, my mother or any of my five sisters the way Mr. Trump has spoken to women, I wouldn’t hire that person. I wouldn’t hire that person, wouldn’t want to be associated with that person…”

“I am sickened by what I heard today,” [House Speaker Paul] Ryan said. “Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified.”

“As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape,” [Sen. Mitch McConnell] said late Friday.

“Today!” We’ve all been hearing Trump speak that way about all women for decades – even his own wives and at least one daughter … but only with this tape did it suddenly dawn on the Republicans that it could be their own women that Trump was speaking to or about.

I don’t have to repeat here the names and women he’s attempted to shame over the decades, let alone the last several months; you’ve heard them often enough, but as I think about it, with very few exceptions every one of those women has been … not a “WASP.” They’ve mostly been non-white, or from another country, or successful in occupations traditionally dominated by white men, or not conforming with an Aryan profile of attractive, and most importantly they’ve not been “owned” by white Republican men.

For the Republicans this isn’t about Trump’s lack of respect for people in general, or even for women in general. It’s about the fact that it’s maybe – finally – sinking in that he’s “coming for them,” and maybe – finally – they’re starting to understand that they too need to be afraid.

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