It’s truly not my intention to cover Donald Trump every single day from here to election day. But I think that’s going to happen regardless, just because the 24-hour news cycle cannot contain all of the insanity going on in this, the final month. FOUR WEEKS. That’s all we have left. Four weeks until election day and I find myself… disturbed by how many people are still falling back into false equivalencies. It’s one thing to support Donald Trump because you’re a racist misogynist too (birds of a feather). It’s quite another to think Trump and Hillary Clinton are equally terrible. No. They are not. One is an unhinged lunatic and sexual assailant. The other is a sane, steady workhorse who needs to clarify her positions on some issues. So here are some of the stories that I find interesting today:
The poll numbers. Not only did most instant-polls of Sunday’s debate show that HRC “won” the debate decisively, but now NBC News has a new poll where Hillary has a double-digit lead nationally. In a four-way race, HRC has 46% to Trump’s 35%. The numbers are even better when the third-candidates are taken out. Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight predictions now have HRC with a 82.9% chance at winning the election.
Exposing misogyny. Please read this truly excellent, thought-provoking and brilliant piece by NY Mag’s Rebecca Traister – go here. I’m not even going to summarize it, you just need to read it. It’s a must-read this week.
Paul Ryan is a sucky baby. Poor Speaker Ryan, he’s no longer “defending” Trump, except Speaker Ryan didn’t rescind his endorsement of Trump so what is the point? The point is that the GOP is in shambles and every Republican candidate for office needs to be asked if they support Donald Trump or any sexual predator holding higher office.
Gloria Allred is here. Allred is famous for signing on to represent women who have been mistreated, abused or worse by famous men. Allred says that women have been coming to her about Donald Trump. I’m sure there’s more to come in these final four weeks.
Mark Burnett is awful. It’s been said that Burnett has been holding back the outtakes from The Apprentice in which Trump harasses and degrades female contestants. Burnett says he doesn’t own the outtakes so it’s not up to him to release them. Guess we’ll have to wait for someone with a soul to “leak” them to the Washington Post again.
Athletes and locker room talk. This is one of my other favorite things this week: athletes coming out to slam this idea that Trump’s brags about sexual assault are somehow able to be dismissed as mere “locker room talk.” Trump said that in his first apology, and he said it again at the debate. Beyond the fact that Trump and Billy Bush were NOT IN A LOCKER ROOM, they were in a workplace, professional athletes have been coming out in droves to slam the idea that this is just how men talk to each other and brag about sexually assaulting women.
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