Saturday, October 8, 2016

Even when apologizing, Trump lies

Teh Donald's candid (and crude) comments about women a decade ago are causing his campaign enough headaches that he has been forced to apologize for them. It was, unsurprisingly, one of those contemptible "if anyone was offended" non-apologies. Yet that wasn't the worst part of it. Even in his pseudo-apology, Donnie couldn't help throwing in a barefaced lie.
"Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am."
I've never met the man (and hope I never do), but let's state the obvious: we all know him. We know his views on women well enough to know that his words in that decade-old videotape emphatically do reflect who he is and how he thinks.

Donnie has repeatedly and very publicly shat on women he doesn't like. The roster includes Rosie O'Donnell, Carly Fiorina, Megyn Kelly, and Alicia Machado, and they're just the ones that come to mind without a Web search. The AP interviewed insiders on Donnie's former TV show, The Apprentice, who recounted his sexist and demeaning treatment of female contestants.

So yeah, Donnie, you lied. The words in that video do reflect who you are.

[UPDATE: I misidentified one of the women Trump has denigrated. It was not Meg Whitman, but Carly Fiorina. I've corrected that in the original text.

Also, I said that Teh Donald gave a typical non-apology apology. This is partially true: his first response, on Friday, did indeed include the weasel words, "if anyone was offended". However, his video apology on Saturday included the straightforward, "I apologize". Still too little, too late, but at least he didn't repeat his smarmy mistake of Friday.]

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