Someone who's never held elected office, who's companies have declared bankruptcy 5 times, who's greatest claim to fame is being a reality TV star is joining the company of Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, Reagan, Gerald Ford and others (I can't bring myself to mention Abe in the same sentence) as though he belongs there. His candidacy is causing respected conservative columnists like David Brooks to have an existential breakdown in his writings.
Here's a smattering of his quotes over the past few months, direct quotes.
"You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass." regarding what a female reporter wrote
“All of the women on 'The Apprentice' flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected."
“Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man. He made a good decision."
“I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?"
“He’s not a war hero,” said of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
There are nearly countless more, but what's the point. If there is one thing we've learned from this sorry excuse for a man it's that he can simply shrug and either deny he said it, or ignore the question. That truth doesn't matter, and is unnecessary to the political process. What does matter is anger, emotion and resentment.
In the next few days we're going to see the same Republican's who've denounced Trump swallow whatever remnant of pride and respect remain to them, and line up behind their odious pick for president. Their one hope is doing what a few states have done and make it near impossible for a minority to vote, but they probably don't have time for that.
If the Democratic party cannot, in the months ahead, mobilize their party to get out and vote, get unregistered Blacks, Hispanics and women to register to vote for their own safety, then we have a very interesting and sad four years ahead. Pundits are currently saying he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell to be elected. Sound familiar?