Veteran actor Robert De Niro has summed up Trump in a 56-second clip:
Here’s a candidate who just dismissed rape culture-promoting comments as “locker room banter” and a mere “distraction.”
Who still thinks there’s nothing wrong with fat-shaming women, or slut-shaming them.
Who mocks the disabled.
Who blatantly lies to people’s faces.
Who regularly incites violence and encourages it.
Who is a xenophobe – a racist
After a 2005 audio of a very predatory Trump boasting about sexual aggression with women with Billy Bush, then the host of NBC’s “Access Hollywood,” went viral, the Republican nominee released what, in truth, feels like a transparent attempt at damage control to salvage whatever’s left of his disastrous presidential campaign.
One can’t help but notice how his eyes are actually reading off a teleprompter. It’s unfeeling and rushed but barely surprising, considering that’s exactly the kind of person Trump is: an unapologetic horrible human being.
“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it. I am wrong. I apologize,” Trump read with emotion equivalent to that found in a robot.
“I’ve never said I am a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I am not. I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on this more than decade-old video are one of them. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today,” he added.
Just listen to his entire statement in the video above – again, if you’ve already seen it.
The man doesn’t think his comments were all that bad. And that’s exactly why his “apology” becomes anything but.
He doesn’t care about the people he was referring to. His garbage statement is all about himself.
And when it’s not about himself, it’s about other people and their offenses.
As if this wasn’t absurd enough, check out his website’s statement released around the same time.
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
It’s just three sentences. The first dismisses the vulgarity and seriousness of unwanted sexual advances and sexual aggression towards and against women as “locker-room banter.” One can say it’s just an idiomatic expression but it’s pertinent to mention here that Trump uttered these words in 2005 – when he was nearly 60 years old.
Let’s reiterate this for emphasis: When a 60-year-old man talks about grabbing women “by the p***y,” it’s not locker room banter. Period. Au revoir!
In a nutshell, Donald Trump’s “apology” wasn’t an apology, it was a hasty exercise in damage control.