The Clinton campaign’s “October surprise” appears to be the coordinated release of a decade old audio tape of GOP nominee Donald Trump’s boorish locker room yapping about women. Since its release the left and the media — but I repeat myself — have been suitably outrageously outraged. But it all brings one to ask, how can the left be so morally outraged, how can they be more upset at Trump’s trash talk than they can about 40 years of Bill Clinton’s rape cases and Hilary’s anti-woman actions in response to them?
Right off the bat, though, I need to note that I find such locker room talk distasteful. I personally never engage in it. You could ask just about anyone who knows me to pinpoint a time when I trash talked a woman and they won’t be able to think of one I can assure you. I know many people feel the same way about this sort of behavior.
However, I know an awful lot of men who I otherwise respect and trust who DO talk like this among other men. It’s braggadocios and ill-mannered, but it is extremely common among those with testosterone flowing through their bodies. No man who has ever left his house and walked into a bar, a gym, a locker room, a conference room or anywhere other men are gathered has not heard talk like this. Would that such talk could be eschewed, but the fact that some engage in it doesn’t automatically make them evil human beings.
So, do I wish Trump hadn’t said these sort of things? Sure. Does the revelation that he has said such things mean he should be thrown overboard? If it did we’d likely have to throw half the men we all know overboard for the same reason.
And don’t give me that “but Trump is supposed to be a leader” line, either. If we are to be outraged that Trump said it, we need to be just as outraged when our plumber, co-worker, or golf buddy says such stuff. A standard isn’t a standard if only some people are held to it.
This whole controversy began on Friday afternoon. The 2005 tape recording of Trump bragging about trying to have sex with a woman (and failing to swing the deal) was published by the Washington Post on October 8. Naturally, almost immediately the outrage machine sped up to its highest RPMs.
The left went wild with spittle specked glee over the revelations and like dutiful little lemmings, many Republicans trotted right behind with lamentations and the wearing of sackcloth and ashes as they raced to condemn Trump and proclaim that they are no longer supporting him.
The Trump campaign realized they had to get out their position on the issue ASAP, so only hours after the story went live, Donald Trump offered an apology:
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.
This didn’t quell the outrageously, outrageous, outrage on the left, of course. In fact, even these three days later you can bring up any news webpage, tune into any radio news break, or flip on any TV news broadcast — whether cable or Big Three networks — and it will be the story you see and hear about. The wringing of hands over Trump’s locker room talk is ubiquitous, so much so that I don’t have to bother recounting it all here. You can find it yourself with as much ease as breathing.
But all the outrage really does ring hallow coming from the same people who for forty years excused and waved away as irrelevant Bill Clinton’s many accusations of sexual harassment, rape, and infidelity as well as Hilary Clinton’s acts of the politics of personal destruction as she worked to destroy the lives of the women her husband abused.
Not only that, but this outrage comes from the same sort of people who celebrate rap music as a worthy cultural treasure despite that it is filled with lyrics that call women “bitches” and “hos” at every turn.
Further more, why hasn’t the left simply accepted Trump’s apology and moved on? After all, they were OK with it when Democrat Senator Robert Byrd “apologized” for helping to run the Ku Klux Klan when he was a young man. How is it OK to accept a belated apology 40 years after he helped run a racist, domestic terror group but not OK to accept an apology for trash talk that is only 10 years old?
It all reeks of left-wing hypocrisy.
Regardless, the way the left treated Clinton’s rapes is really the more trenchant. When Clinton was finally felled by his sexual exploits in the Fall of 1998 and his lying about it led to his impeachment in the House of Representatives, the out cry from the left was “it’s just sex.” We were told that his constant horndogging was an endearing aspect of his personality. His glinting eye, avuncular personality, and general good ‘ol boy demeanor was cool and funny. And, besides, it was just sex and all those women were asking for it because Bill was so gosh darned cool.
In fact, all the way up to 2010 liberals were waving off Bill’s constant acts of sexual abuse. Take this piece by the far left-wing website Gawker.com where we were all scolded: “Can We All Please Leave Bill Clinton’s Penis Alone?”
Liberals led by Hillary Clinton insisted we forget all about these sexual assaults. They were meaningless, we were told.
But for decades the women Bill abused have never just gotten over it all. That point was recently driven home by the heartbreaking story of Bill Clinton’s rape as re-told by Juanita Broaddrick:
Just read some of these accusations… is THIS something we should just “get over”?
And then as he points over my shoulder, he grabs me and turns me to him. And that was a shock. And I tried to push him away. And I only weighed about 120 pounds at that time. He was a very large man. And I kept telling him, ‘No. I don’t want this at all.’
…And he grabbed me again, very forcefully. And started biting on my top lip. And this was extremely painful. I thought he was going to bite my lip off. And that’s when he pushed me back onto the bed.
…I was completely dressed. I had a skirt and a blouse. He tore the waist of my skirt. And then he ripped my pantyhose. And he raped me. It was very vicious. I was just pinned down… I did not know what to do. I was so frightened. I was only 35 at the time. And it was horrible. I just wanted it to be over with. So he would go away.
…he held me down for a long time. And then he did it again. I was so ready for him to leave me alone. When he started raping me again. And it was very brief… And he did get up and he straightened himself. And my mouth was bleeding and it was hurting. And he just straightens himself and goes to the door.
Broaddrick is hardly an outlier. There are at least a dozen women with similar stories going back all the way to when Bill Clinton was the Arkansas Attorney General in the late 1970s.