October 13th, 2016

I thought America would brush off the Trump-Bush tape because so much equally, or even more, hideous material had already been revealed in the past year and my assessment of the effect of Trump’s locker room talk—despite what other have very publicly claimed, I have heard plenty of such talk (particularly in the Military) before—was that this too would blow over.

Boy, was I wrong. Or maybe not.

David A. Graham, writing in Independents and Women Bail on Trump, Giving Clinton a Double-Digit Lead for The Atlantic, tells us:

With less than a month to go until Election Day, Donald Trump’s standing has plummeted with likely voters, falling from a dead heat just two weeks ago to a double-digit deficit behind Hillary Clinton, according to a [Public Religion Research Institute]/The Atlantic poll released Tuesday.

Clinton holds a 49-38 lead over the Republican. Two weeks ago, a previous PRRI/Atlantic poll found Trump and Clinton tied at 43-43. Following the first presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, the Democrat broke out to a 47-41 lead. She has now built on that lead.

That’s the bad news for Trump. The worse news is that this poll likely does not include the full impact of a video, published Friday afternoon by The Washington Post, in which Trump boasts about sexually assaulting women. The poll was conducted Wednesday through Sunday, meaning some respondents were interviewed before the video’s release and some afterward. It also does not take into account the second presidential debate, in which Trump’s performance drew widely varying reviews.

The even worser news is that a hailstorm of sweaty gym shoes may be about to pummel The Donald.

Nigel M Smith, in Demand mounts for Trump Apprentice tapes that may hold ‘far worse’ footage for The Guardian, writes:

The repercussions were swift following last Friday’s leak of the Access Hollywood tape, in which Donald Trump can be heard bragging about sexually assaulting women: House speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republicans that he would no longer defend the party’s nominee, while hordes of party members distanced themselves from Trump’s comments with some—including Senator John McCain—even saying they could no longer vote for Trump.

Supposedly, things could get even worse for the Republican nominee.

Following the release of the footage by the Washington Post, Bill Pruitt, a producer on the first two seasons of The Apprentice, the NBC reality show Trump hosted from 2004-2015, tweeted that there are “far worse” behind-the-scenes tapes of Trump on the program. Emmy award-winning producer Chris Nee has alleged that Trump says the n-word in the recordings.

Yet, I have thought so many times that Trump was toast that I feel gun shy, expecting him to come striding out from the exploding bombs and rockets like some movie monster the heroes thought was certainly dead.

Cognitive dissonance is a very strong psychological force and I think that nothing short of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell standing on the capital steps with the entire Republican Caucus arrayed behind them—joined by George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and their entire cabinets—holding We’re With Her signs is likely to send Trumpzilla back into the deep.

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