“Donald the Deplorable” likes it that so many of the “Elites” like Hillary Clinton hate him… The revulsion of the Washington establishment is like a growth hormone to him …
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By Matt Frei
October 16, 2016
“I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I have never taken drugs,” Donald Trump told me in the muffled elegance of his Fifth Avenue office in 2013. “Your weakness is women,” I helped obligingly. The Donald smiled back at me. I had no idea how true that would turn out to be. And nor, I am sure, did he.
His “weakness” has now become the nuclear melt-down that imperils not just his run for the White house but his business and his brand. Trump’s boast-full vulgarity –- or worse if some of the allegations against him are true — threatens to become an extinction event.
Or does it? Every new revelation about Trump’s sexual Trumpness may be designed to imperil his swivel chair in the Oval Office, but the media’s outrage and the revulsion of the Washington establishment is like a growth hormone to his blind popularity amongst roughly one third of the electorate.
For a man who “gropes like an octopus” according to one of his many recent accusers, Trump is bizarrely fastidious about personal hygiene. He is a self confessed germo-phobe. “Is it true you hate shaking hands?” I asked him. “Yup. True. I hate it. Don’t like germs. Hatem.” I got the idea.
The billionaire was only contemplating a run for the White House at the time and I put it to him that shaking hands might be the unavoidable chaw of a long political campaign in which he would be soliciting tens of thousands of people in person for their vote. He looked mildly alarmed at the suggestion, as if this thought had been sprung on him for the first time. There was a pause.
“Why don’t we practice!” I suggested and stuck out my hand. We both looked at it for a few seconds as if it was some alien presence, hovering in mid air. He finally reached out and shook it graciously, if reluctantly. He was clearly weighing up the risks of contagion.
Looking back on that episode I am trying to square his over sanitized hand with the boast –overheard on the Access Hollywood Tape- that he “grabs p***y”. Perhaps Trump’s “locker room talk” is just that. All talk. Perhaps the secret that terrifies Trump most is that he doesn’t get nearly as much “p***y” as he boasted.
Similarly what may haunt him most about revealing his tax returns is not that he avoided paying federal taxes –which he has already described as a “smart move”- but that he is worth much less than the ten billion dollars he likes to brag about. Maybe the ten billion are also just locker room talk, of the financial variety.
Remember the tussle over the size of his hands with Senator Marco Rubio on the campaign trail. “I assure you there is no problem in that department” Trump said holding up his truly small hands. Could Trump’s sexual prowess be like Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction? He is more afraid of being revealed NOT having any.
And is he like Saddam luring us into a trap? As a seasoned Washington commentator told me: “the best way to destroy Donald Trump is for one of his wives to come out and say that he has a tiny, under-used penis.” Ridicule is Trump’s biggest enemy not rage. He hates it even more than those pesky germs.
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But the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, the Republican establishment as well as virtually all the media have understandably chosen to go down the rage route and maybe that is exactly where Trump wants them. What his supporters hear more than the original tape is the cacophony of outrage against it. It fuels the widespread perception that the media is out to get him.
And while recent polls show Trump has only 27 per cent support among educated women to Hillary Clinton’s 57 per cent – it explains why a group of women dubbing themselves The Trumpettes came out last week to defend him. ‘Boys will be boys’ said Toni Holt Kramer, a Hollywood journalist turned socialite.
Mrs Kramer now says that her all-female Trump support group has since reached thousands of women ‘from all backgrounds’; equally at a Trump Rally on Thursday night in Florida, after even more lurid allegations emerged against The Donald, Republican women turned up in their droves to show their support with one 72 year old saying: ‘There’s a level of corruption within the government that’s been covered up for years. Trump’s not part of the crowd, he doesn’t need the government’s money. He’s authentic.’
Here Donald Trump apparently sneaks up on Hillary Clinton with evil intent so slowly with his eyes closed that nobody knew what he was up to until today!
Because, ultimately the more the Bushes and the Romneys turn against Trump, the more his followers see this as confirmation that he is their man. He wears the outrage of the Establishment like a badge of honour. Trump’s biggest contribution to the campaign is that he understands the dirty little secret of American politics. And it’s not sex. It’s class.
The 2016 may be decided by sex but it has been defined by class. Ironically the billionaire has fanned a class war that America thought it was too polite and egalitarian to have. For the Donald this is personal. The old money in Manhattan has always curled its lip at the thought of Trump, who was born and brought up in the suburb of Queens and is thus referred to sneeringly as “a bridge and tunnel boy” by the Upper East side elite.
Trump may have been born into a rich family. But it was the wrong kind of money and there, frankly, wasn’t enough of it by Fortune 500 Standards.
That is why Trump loves to emblazon his sky scrapers with his super sized name and ploughs the air above America with Trumpforce One. He is rubbing his name and new found wealth in the face of people who would never invite him to dinner.
As the writer and Manhattan socialite Jay McInerney told me recently: “You never see the Donald at the kind of parties I go to!” Trump is the un-clubbable outsider who is now committed the ultimate faux pas. He has ventured onto political turf and proven that vulgarity works. Up to a point beyond everyone’ wildest dreams.
This has left the so called Republican Establishment with a searing dilemma: is Trump in his embrace of the gutter the secret sauce that allows the Republican party to win enough white votes to regain the White House or is he obliterating the Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln in the process? That is why dozens of Republican candidates have endorsed Trump, before un-endorsing, re-indorsing and un-endorsing him again. These decisions are based less on personal outrage than on self preservation. They are only deserting him now that they think he’s losing.
Trump has succeeded in bringing every one down to his level in the gutter. Even Robert De Niro recorded a viral video in which he said he would like to punch Trump. In the last debate Hillary Clinton declared: when they go low, you go high. But even the Clinton campaign is in danger of over playing its hand. As the humiliated wife of a President who didn’t just boast about sexual harassment before entering office but practiced it while in the Oval Office she is playing a dangerous game. The most striking image of last week’s fight night debate was the haunted ashen face of Bill Clinton looking on as his wife and his wife’s enemy discussed who groped who and when.
Yes, Donald Trump has lost those “educated suburban women”, without whom no candidate can claim the keys of the White House. He probably never had them anyway. In previous elections they were called “soccer moms” or “security moms”. Now they are “educated”, an adjective which in itself is bound to rally support amongst women who feel left out of the metropolitan Monopoly. Donald Trump will probably lose this election because there just aren’t enough white, bigoted, angry men to hoist him across the threshold at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But he has carved out for himself a place on America’s new Mount Rushmore of sleaze and class-war. What Donald the Deplorable and his millions of “deplorables”, as Hillary Clinton called them, do after November will shape the future of American politics as much as the person who becomes President.
Matt Frei is Channel 4 News Presenter and Europe Editor. He is fronting Trump vs Clinton Live: US Presidential Debate on Channel 4, Wednesday 19th October at 01:30am on Channel 4.
Yes, Hillary was mistaken about “deplorables”
By Gary Stein
Her estimate was way too low.
I’m not just talking about Trump’s zombie-like fans, who got their jollies this week as Trump blessed Florida with his presence.
A lot of Trump hangers-on and public officials could also fall into the “deplorable” category.
Here are just a few:
Marco Rubio. The Florida senator is trying to have it both ways with Trump. Hardly surprising from a man who promised he wasn’t going to run for re-election, and is now running for re-election. Whether he shows up for votes if he wins is another question.
Rubio has criticized Trump’s supposed “locker room” language about women. He says he disagrees with Trump on many issues. Calls Trump a con man.
But the man Trump dubbed “Lil Marco” still supports Trump for president. Yep, Rubio just can’t risk alienating any of Trump’s supporters when he decides to run again for president, which figures to be about 10 minutes after the November election results are in.
If there is ever a sequel written for “Profiles in Courage,” there will not be a chapter on Rubio.
Rudy Giuliani. It seems like long ago, but Giuliani was once about the most respected man in America after 9/11.
Now, as one of Trump’s attack dogs, he has turned into a cartoon character, pushing conspiracy theories as he does Trump’s dirty work.
As for the charges that Trump groped and assaulted women and was an all-around louse, Giuliani has one rebuttal — Bill Clinton was worse.
Fear not, Rudy. Some of us still remember when you actually had relevance.
Trump’s followers. I’ll be delicate here by just saying we are not dealing with a bunch of MENSA candidates, considering these folks buy into Trump’s BS.
If you thought clowns were scary, some of these folks are worse. They wait in line for hours to have Trump tell them “Everything is going to be great. We’re going to build that wall. Everything is Crooked Hillary’s fault. You are going to be so happy. Just trust me.”
That’s Trump’s whole spiel. And then he smiles as the followers break into their favorite chant — “Lock Her Up.”
I am used to getting nasty texts and vitriol on message boards, but much of the stuff from Trump supporters is way beyond hateful and vile. I used to think pit bull lovers were the nastiest. I was wrong.
Trump himself. Trump is not just pathetic for a presidential candidate. He comes across as pathetic for a human being, period.
He says he is now unshackled. More like unhinged.
He says everything is rigged against him. He says the system is corrupt. He says he’ll file lawsuits against the corrupt, rigged media. Then he sits back and waits for wild applause.
We already know he is stunningly unfit to be president. He bluffs his way through answers on policy and issues. He is racist, mysogynist, and every kind of -ist you can name.
And now he’s bragging about his sexual conquests. We have women saying Trump did things that would get anybody else fired, or arrested. To have a news conference and fit all his accusers, we’d need the BB&T Center.
Trump says they are all lying. Blame the victim. Trump also says it’s locker room banter. Take it from a former sportswriter — you don’t hear stuff like Trump said in locker rooms.
There is a positive for Trump, however. He can now sell hats with a new slogan.
“Make America Grope Again.”
Yeah, Hillary, you underestimated this whole deplorable thing.
Gary Stein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 954-356-4616. On Twitter@SSEditorial.
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