The campaign of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is desperately attempting to perform damage control after audio from 2005 surfaced of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. All hands are on deck to defend the indefensible; and even Trump’s lowly douchebag of a son, Eric Trump, has joined the fray to explain away why the public should be without qualm about his father’s disgusting comments.
While stumping for his father in Colorado the younger Trump unleashed a nonsensical ramble which would have made the failed businessman proud, where Eric Trump attempted to shift the blame of the audio to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Eric Trump said, “I think that’s Hillary going low. I think you’ve seen that for a long time. If you look at her track record with women, I think you saw that yesterday with some of the people we had sitting at the debate. It’s horrible. She’ll dig out dirt on someone from 15 years ago when someone is in entertainment.”
First of all, there is no evidence the Clinton campaign released the damning tape. However, if they did – which they didn’t – how dare the Clinton campaign inform the American public about Trump’s lewd behavior when he didn’t think he was being recorded? According to Trump, the public has no right to know how its potential leaders act while behind closed doors.
The 32-year-old Trump then continued to dig himself into a deeper hole by regurgitating the Trump campaign’s official talking point that Trump’s bragging about grabbing women “by the p*ssy” was “locker room talk:
At the same time, I think it’s locker room banter. I think sometimes when guys are together they get carried away, and sometimes that’s what happens when alpha personalities are in the same presence. At the same time, I’m not saying it’s right. It’s not the person that he is.”
Never mind that Eric Trump is contradicting himself in the same sentence – that men with “alpha personalities” do this, which he is implying Trump is, but it’s not “the person he is” – which is it, Eric? It’s beside the point. No matter what type of “personality” you might be, there is absolutely no excuse for sexual assault. Ever.
As the Trump campaign has insisted in attempting to tie Trump’s vile words to that of being in a locker room, numerous professional athletes who spend their time in locker rooms have spoken out to correct the record. Portland Trailblazers guard CJ McCollum tweeted, “I haven’t heard that one in any locker rooms.” Oakland Athletics Pitcher Sean Doolittle tweeted, “As an athlete, I’ve been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that’s not locker room talk.” Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe also chimed in on Twitter, “Yes. That’s not locker room talk.”
When individuals from three different professional sports all agree that Trump is a liar, the public ought to pay attention. Yet, facts do not matter to the Trump campaign who attempt to spin gold out of broken thread. Furthermore the insistence that “alpha” personalities are to blame for Trump’s comments is not factual and is just another desperate attempt to shift blame away from the individual who deserves it; Trump himself. In fact Trump’s desire for acceptance from the lowly Billy Bush, a weakling television host who has now been fired from NBC, shows he is, in fact, not an alpha personality, but rather an individual who desperately would like to be seen as strong when he is actually weak.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.